Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of primary health care that combines the most relevant and recent scientific research with time-tested and honored traditional remedies. Using various natural modalities allows Naturopathic doctors (ND's) the flexibility of treating each person as an individual, with customized treatment plans that treat the root cause of disease and not merely masking symptoms. Naturopathic medicine takes a safe, gentle and effective approach to supporting the bodies own unique ability to heal.

After a thorough assessment, our Naturopathic Doctor will prepare a customized treatment plan that may include clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, proper supplementation (vitamins, minerals or herbs) and other modalities that may be required for your specific concerns (see our list of services for descriptions of individual modalities).

Physical Exam &Diagnosis

Naturopathic doctors receive extensive medical training in physical examination and diagnostic techniques, and are licensed in Ontario to do so. You will receive a full screening physical and urinalysis on site, all recent blood work will be reviewed and additional lab work may be referred on an individual basis. A thorough Medical History intake will be performed and used to help determine the best individualized treatment plan for the client. In addition, we may use a Chinese diagnosis (based on symptoms, tongue appearance and pulses) to help guide the treatment plan.

At Vitality for Life we practice integrative medicine, and believe that it is advantageous for the client to have all their health-care practitioners working together towards the goals of the client.

Clinical Nutrition & Weight Loss

Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutrition makes use of the most up-to-date, scientifically validated research to make specific food and supplement recommendations based on a patient's unique health and disease history. Consultations are done by a certified physician who thoroughly understands the research and the patient's diagnosis

Weight Loss

Naturopathic medicine has a variety of tools that can be used as part of a successful weight-loss program. Our Naturopath, Dr. Anna, has guided countless individuals with detoxification programs and life-long dietary changes that have lead to better overall health and healthy body mass index. Your weight-loss program will be individualized to meet your specific needs with our naturopathic approach, which addresses the many factors involved in weight-loss. A strong emphasis will be placed on living a more natural, naturopathic lifestyle.

Detoxification

We offer various detoxification/cleansing programs suited to fit your goals. Detoxification can be a way to maintain good health or jump-start your weightloss efforts. Having your naturopath supervising your cleanse and providing support can mean the difference between giving into your cravings and success! At Vitality for Life we carry a variety of professional detoxification products and resources, such as the book Delicious Detox (www.DeliciousDetoxCookbook.com), to help support your efforts!

Healthy & Active Program

The basis of the healthy & active metabolism program is optimal nutrition determined through a metabolic analysis (blood work). Proper nutrition is the key to better health and well-being. The program enables you to reach your desired weight goal without going hungry, taking medication or expensive powders. A change in eating habits will improve your health and vitality! Click here to visit the Healthy & Active website.

Lifestyle Counseling

On your first visit we will review your diet and lifestyle choices, and make alterations based on your individual needs and concerns. We look at replacing negative/detrimental habits with positive/healthy habits to optimize your health, vitality and quality of life.

Detoxification

Your body is exposed to toxins everyday – from the environment, the foods we eat, exogenous hormones, house-hold cleaners, pesticides etc. They can over-burden the organs of elimination, be stored in body fat and trigger certain disease processes. Your Naturopathic doctor can help you optimize your body’s natural ability to eliminate toxic waste and build-up, which tends to have a negative impact on your health. We tailor a detoxification program suitable to your needs and lifestyle.

Women & Children

Women's Health

Dr. Anna has a strong interest in Women's health including infertility issues (and increasing the efficacy of IVF procedures using naturopathic medicine and acupuncture), hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and menopause. A strong emphasis is placed on creating healthy pregnancies, supporting breast feeding and ensuring healthy post-partum mom’s! A Naturopathic approach to women's health issues provides a gentle and effective strategy at creating long-term positive changes. Emphasis will be placed on creating a naturopathic lifestyle and addressing all underlying imbalances and deficiencies.

Services include:

  • Full Assessments
  • Prenatal visits
  • Acupuncture
  • Lactation support

Children's Health

Dr. Anna is a mother and understands the concern parents feel when their children are ill. Naturopathic medicine is a wonderfully gentle approach to treating most childhood infections and chronic illnesses. After a thorough assessment of your child’s health, Dr. Anna may recommend dietary modifications, botanical medicines, vitamin/mineral supplementation, or the use of homeopathic remedies. If you have a sick child, it is best to bring them in immediately so that treatment can be started in a timely fashion. If your child suffers from chronic or recurrent ear infections, tonsillitis, food allergies or a generally low immune system, naturopathic medicine can make a dramatic impact on your childs long-term health.

We also offer the IgG food allergy test, which is a simple and gentle test for children’s food allergies, which often contribute to long-standing complaints such as asthma, skin rashes/eczema, ear infections and a compromised immune system. To book an appointment for your child, simply call our office and a one hour appointment will be booked for the initial assessment, which will include a complete history and physical examination.

Services include:
  • Full Assessments
  • Acute visits (ear infections, strep throat, cold & flu)
  • IgG food allergy testing

Hydrotherapy

This treatment involves alternating hot and cold water applications (full body or specific areas only) to stimulate circulation, boost immunity, aid digestion, invigorate, promote the natural healing reflex, and to assist the body’s own healing ability. This procedure may be done at our clinic, but patients can also be advised to continue at-home treatments to optimize results.

Botanical Medicine

Botanical/Herbal medicine, or phytotherapy, uses plants in different forms to support the bodies innate ability to heal itself. It is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine, and is still the most commonly used form of medicine today. Botanical tinctures can be mixed in a unique combination to address the specific health concerns of the individual in a holistic manner. Botanical standardized extracts can also be given in capsule form.

Homeopathy

Developed in the 17th century by a German Physician named Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy is thought by some to be the highest form of medicine, affecting not only the physical, but the mental, emotional and spiritual realms as well.

Homeopathics are made from plant, animal or mineral substances diluted many times over, leaving virtually no trace of the original substance. When the correct remedy is given to an individual, it helps the body achieve optimal health on all levels.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of very fine needles in various locations on the body. From a Chinese perspective, Acupuncture helps the bodies vital energy flow properly through the meridians, or channels, in the body. Blockages of these channels can lead to pain, imbalances or disease processes. Acupuncture has been the primary form of healthcare in China for over 2000 years.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

From a Western perspective, Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the central nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, brain and spinal cord. It also increases circulation to the treatment area, and the release of hormones such as endorphins and opioids. The release of these substances can decrease pain or the perception of pain, and can help the body to heal.

Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for over twenty-three centuries. It is based on the balance of Yin and Yang. Harmony of this union means health, good weather, and good fortune, while disharmony leads to disease, disaster, and bad luck. The strategy of Chinese medicine is to restore harmony. Practitioners assess a person's health by feeling the pulsations at each wrist and by observing the color and form of the face, tongue, and body. This information is interpreted in the context of a patient's present and past complaints, work and living habits, physical environment, family health history, and emotional life.

Cupping

Cupping has been practiced for thousands of years, and involves placing heated glass cups (which form a vacuum) over the skin (usually on the back or large muscle groups like the quads or hamstrings). It focuses on the movement of blood and lymph fluid, and the energy (chi) that flows through the body. Oriental medicine believes that pain is caused by ‘stagnation’ of these systems. It increases blood flow to the area, eases stress, aches & pains, and pulls ‘toxins’ out through the skin. It is a beneficial treatment for muscular pain (especially back pain from injury or stiffness), clearing congestion in the chest (ie. bronchitis), stress reduction, or part of a general whole-body cleanse (supporting a healthy diet).

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective way to remove fine lines and wrinkles from the face. It can reduce the signs of aging by revitalizing the skin and providing a more youthful look to the face. Cosmetic Acupuncture will also help to rejuvenate facial tissue by increasing circulation to the area, and stimulating collagen production, resulting in a healthy glowing complexion. It is based on the ancient principles of Chinese Medicine and has been used for over 3,000 years.

By inserting very fine, hair-thin, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points on the face, there is a rush of blood circulation. The skin becomes nourished, oxygenated and moisturized, from the inside out. When there is more circulation, the body produces more collagen and this, in turn, gives the skin more tightness and elasticity, helping to reduce and/or eliminate sagging skin, wrinkles, double chin, etc..

Women's Health & Infertility

Dr. Anna has a strong interest in Women's health including infertility issues (and increasing the efficacy of IVF procedures using naturopathic medicine and acupuncture), hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, and menopause. A Naturopathic approach to women's health issues provides a gentle and effective strategy at creating long-term positive changes.

Emphasis will be placed on creating a naturopathic lifestyle and addressing all underlying imbalances and deficiencies.

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