Naturopathic Medicine is a unique system of health care, prevention of disease and promoting natural healing. Naturopathic Medicine is a system that blends traditional and natural forms of medicine with modern scientific knowledge. Naturopathic Medicine is based on the healing power of nature and it supports and stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself.
It is an art, a philosophy, a science, and a practice of diagnosis and treatment that uses evidence-based medicine, and clinically, traditional, and proven approaches. Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine are trained as primary care, general practitioners who use a variety of non-invasive natural therapeutics to treat both chronic and acute conditions.
Like a conventional dentist, doctor, or Chiropractor, Naturopathic doctors must first complete pre-medical studies at a university. They then go on to attend an accredited Naturopathic University program which is completed over four years of full-time study. Subjects of study include Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Dissection anatomy, Clinical and Medical, Diagnostics as well as Naturopathic therapeutics and principles.
Board exams are given in the second and final year of study, and Practitioners must also fulfill the additional requirements of the province in which they practice.
The six accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in North America are:
The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (Bridgeport)
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Scottsdale)
The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (Vancouver)
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto)
Bastyr University (Seattle)
The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland)
For thousands of years, plant medicine has been and has been proven to be compatible with our body's own physiological processes. Often there are less side-effects with herbs, than with pharmaceutically derived drugs. They can be used as singles or together in combination, and can be prescribed as a tea, in liquid or tincture form or in capsules
Homeopathic remedies are minute dilutions of animal, plant, and mineral substances designed to stimulate the body's "vital force" and strengthen its innate ability to heal. For almost 100 years, homeopathic medicines have been used.
Emotional states and mental attitudes certainly influence physical wellness and health. Stress management and lifestyle counselling are only a few ways that Naturopathic doctors can impact healing by providing an open, compassionate, safe environment for emotional and mental transformation.
Clinical Nutrition and Lifestyle Modification:
For thousands of years, plant medicine has been and has been proven to be compatible with our body's own physiological processes. Often there are less side-effects with herbs, than with pharmaceutically derived drugs. They can be used as singles or together in combination, and can be prescribed as a tea, in liquid or tincture form or in capsulesf life.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors teach their patients to use exercise, diet, lifestyle changes and cutting-edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies' ability to combat and ward off disease. Naturopathic doctors craft individualized, comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of traditional natural medical and modern medical science approaches to not only treat the symptoms, but to address the cause of disease.
Registered Naturopathic Doctors in Alberta have an undergraduate degree and have also completed four years at an accredited University. In addition, Naturopathic doctors have fulfilled the strict registration criteria required to be members of both the Alberta Association and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. These are the regulatory boards that govern the practice of its members and quality of education. Some extended health care plans do cover the services of a registered Naturopathic Doctor.
In Alberta, you do not need a referral to see a Naturopathic doctor.
You can certainly call our clinic (780.756.7020), or e-mail our office and an appointment can be made. You can either print forms from our website, (albertanaturopath.com), and bring them into the office with you on the day you have your appointment, or we can provide you with them once you have arrived. You may bring in a list of any current pharmaceutical or natural medications you are currently taking, and if you have had any lab work done in the last six months prior to your appointment day, you can bring in copies of those. In most cases we do a routine urinalysis as a part of this first appointment, so please come prepared to give a sample. We look so very forward to meeting you, and guiding you towards better health!
Registered Naturopathic doctors have and under-graduate degree as well as have completed an accredited Naturopathic Medical program. They are trained to be primary care doctors including having the rights to prescribe natural and pharmaceutical medications depending on where they practice. Naturopathic doctors use a wide variety of modalities and types of medicine such as: diet and lifestyle prescriptions, herbal medicine, physical medicine, supplements and nutrition as well as homeopathic medicine. Homeopathic practitioners or homeopaths have many different levels of education, and trained to deal in mainly only homeopathic medicine. Generally speaking, registered Naturopathic doctors in Alberta are covered by some extended health care plans.
Naturopathic doctors treat a wide variety of conditions and diseases, and can also help you optimize your wellness and health. Naturopathic medicine also can work very well in conjunction with regular medicine, and your Naturopathic doctor is trained to ensure that your safety is of paramount concerns when dealing with both herbal and pharmaceutical medicines.
Naturopathic Doctors can treat:
General family health concerns, depression, anxiety, fertility issues, hormone rebalancing for men and women, Digestive issues menopause, fatigue, thyroid conditions, allergies, detoxification, sleep issues, and weight loss support. Laboratory testing is also available.
Here at the Edmonton Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine, a first visit with our registered Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Janice Dacyshyn is approximately one hour in length. In that time a very detailed history is taken which includes discussing your reasons for coming into the clinic, your past medical history, and the medical history of important family members. Digestion, diet, stress, hormones, and mood as well as other lifestyle factors are considered. An individualized treatment plan is then formulated with all of this information factored in, and recommendations are made in the form of lifestyle changes, supplementation, or suggestions for additional testing. Typically, a follow-up visit (15 minutes to 30 minutes) is made for 3-4 weeks into the future, so that progress can be examined and future plans can be formulated and discussed.
Every patient is different, and there may be some variations in visit timing and such based on individualized requirements. Dr. Dacyshyn believes firmly in moderation, and crafting a treatment plan that is realistic for you, one that leaves you feeling comfortable, and one that you also feel capable of handling.
The Edmonton Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine is very proud to offer our patients a collaborative environment, where patients are able to receive support from professional, compassionate practitioners. They have all chosen to work together to provide total patient support and health.