Medicinal plants from the Americas and Europe are used to treat acute and chronic disease.
Herbs may be given as tinctures, teas or capsules.
NDs are experts at addressing the body’s nutritional status through diet and/or supplementation with vitamins, minerals, or other natural substances. Food allergens, environmental allergens, and bowel toxicity are also considered.
Acupuncture and eastern medicinal plants are used to balance your body’s “energy system”. This very sophisticated medical system has successfully treated acute and chronic disease for over 3000 years.
Small doses of plant, animal and mineral substances effectively stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. Homeopathy has been successfully employed for over 200 years, and has proven clinically useful in the treatment of acute and chronic disease.
NDs will help identify lifestyle, diet and environmental risk factors, and can create programs to assist the development of sound health habits. This is an important supportive treatment for making positive health choices
Although Naturopathic treatment is generally safe and without side effects, herbs and supplements may interact with medication. Always inform your ND of any medication you are taking.
Naturopathic medicine is well known for its role in preventing disease, but it also has a very important role to play in offering complementary care for serious conditions such as cancer. You might wonder what "complementary" means in this context. Naturopathic therapies are meant to "complement" and add to medical cancer treatments, and they can help to reduce the side effects of those treatments. For example, many chemotherapy drugs are effective at diminishing or eradicating different types of cancer, but they are not without side effects. The common side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, poor appetite and weight loss can be greatly reduced with acupuncture, ginger tea, and other natural treatments. Mouth sores, which are a common side effect of radiation and some chemotherapy drugs, can be treated with L-glutamine or even honey. Maintaining a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and omega-3 fatty acids while avoiding pesticide-laden foods, red meat, fried or smoked foods, artificial sweeteners and other additives is important. The less processed the food, the better it is for your health!
There are also specific foods that have documented cancer fighting properties such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, onions, garlic, berries, citrus fruits, turmeric and specific mushrooms such as shiitake and maitake.
Several naturopathic interventions also help to kill cancer cells and inhibit their spread. Vitamin C administered intravenously at higher doses than can be taken orally has been shown to kill off some cancer cells. At these high doses (which can only be achieved by IV), vitamin C becomes a pro-oxidant. This means that non-cancerous, healthy cells will absorb the vitamin C and break it down normally, remaining unharmed. In contrast, when cancer cells absorb vitamin C, they cannot always break it down properly, which initiates cell death. Current research shows that IV vitamin C is a considerably safe and effective complementary treatment for many types of cancer. It also has the benefit of increasing energy, vitality and quality of life.
A complete treatment plan for someone diagnosed with cancer involves dietary suggestions, appropriate exercise recommendations, and supplement prescriptions that are specific to that individual and the type of cancer they have. A naturopathic doctor treats the whole person; this includes the mental and emotional health of the patient as well as their physical health concerns. Naturopathic doctors are equipped to help navigate the huge body of information available on natural treatments for cancer. Some of the information out there can be misleading and potentially dangerous, so speaking to a licensed and regulated naturopathic doctor is a good idea. Call 683-7287 to book a free 10 minute consultation with an ND.