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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathy is a distinct form of primary health care that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine views the individual’s total lifestyle as a key factor in increasing overall health and well-being. Based on prevention and the root cause of illness, Naturopathy also addresses emotional aspects so healing can occur at a deeper level and boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Why should I consider Naturopathic Medicine for my health needs?

Naturopathic Medicine uses the least invasive, most physiologically supportive methods possible, carefully chosen after a personalized analysis of your health needs. The ultimate goal of Naturopathic Medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and the promotion of lifestyle habits that create good health. A doctor will assess risk factors and hereditary susceptibility then design appropriate interventions to avoid further harm or disease.

How is Naturopathy different from conventional medicine?

Similar to their medical counterparts, Naturopathic Doctors are general practitioners trained in the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of disease. The biggest difference is that Naturopathic Doctors are specialists in natural medicine, preventative care, and the integration of modern scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease rather than focus on the symptoms. The patient is viewed as a whole person so that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual factors are considered when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.

Can I see both a Naturopath and a Conventional Doctor?

Naturopaths encourage collaboration with conventional medical doctors as each has something complementary to offer. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to refer patients to other health care practitioners, where appropriate, and most frequently cross-refer. Health is a complex issue and therefore warrants multiple approaches in some situations.

What are the main treatment modalities?

Naturopathic treatments are based on traditional natural approaches using modern scientific knowledge. The most common include:

Nutrition Good nutrition provides the body with vital building blocks. Personalized diets, vitamin and mineral supplements, and enzymatic therapies may be used to promote health, address deficiencies and treat disease processes. Education about healthy food choices is also emphasized.

Botanical Medicine The use of plant based medicines and compounds may be beneficial for certain conditions. A Naturopathic Doctor is trained to identify the interactions between herbs, medications and supplements.

Asian Medicine/Acupuncture Traditional medicinal formulas and cupping therapies are used to restore balance in the body.

Homeopathy A form of natural medicine that originated in Europe, Homeopathy is based on the energetic properties of naturally-derived substances that help the body expel disease and attain balance. Homeopathic products do not interact with medications, herbs or supplements.

Lifestyle Counselling Lifestyle is relevant to many health problems. A Naturopathic Doctor will help you identify risk factors and make recommendations to help you optimize your physical, mental and emotional well-being, as well as provide knowledge to empower you to improve your overall health and prevent illness.

Physical Medicine A variety of hands-on techniques may be recommended for spine, joint and soft tissue symptoms. These include the therapeutic application of heat, cold, sound, and light. Electrotherapy, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercise and Naturopathic manipulative therapy are also proven approaches to healing and pain management.

The above information is only meant as a brief introduction to Naturopathic Medicine. If you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to ask Dr. Amauri.

YOU CAN ALSO FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE FOLLOWING SITES:

• College of Naturopaths
• Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
• Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic ideology approaches each individual as a vital whole with an emphasis on overall health and disease prevention.

This holistic approach uses many different treatment modalities and practitioners may recommend the incorporation of conventional medicine, when indicated.

The roots of Naturopathy stretch back to the Nature Cure Movement of Europe and its modern practice is professionally governed in Ontario by The Coalition for Naturopathic Medicine: an alliance of College of Naturopaths – Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors; Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors; and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

With a focus on the philosophy of natural self-healing, rather than specific methods, Naturopathic practitioners employ a multi-treatment approach with a concentration on the following:

• Diet & Nutrition
• Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine
• Herbal Medicine
• Physical Medicine
• Homeopathy
• Lifestyle Counselling and Prevention

Is Naturopathic Medicine covered under OHIP?

At this time, naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP. You maybe covered under an enhanced health insurance plan provided by your employer.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture What effects can I expect?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is designed to enhance your innate beauty and radiance with results apparent after just a few treatments.

Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized.

Additional benefits include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improved hormonal balance to help acne; and reduction of stress evident in the face.

Such results may help erase as many as five to fifteen years from your face.

What are the advantages of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture over surgical face-lifts?

Addressing the underlying processes of aging is preferable to masking the outward signs and allowing further decline to continue within the body. While not a replacement for surgery, rejuvenation is an excellent alternative. It is far less expensive than cosmetic surgery and is safe, effectively painless, and without side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is no trauma from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. It cannot reshape a nose or chin, but can help create a younger looking face safely and naturally while improving overall health.

How long will it take?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture frequently involves 12 treatments with effects becoming most noticeable and lasting on or about the seventh session. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. Maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five to ten years and it is often recommended to supplement a facial rejuvenation program with facial self-massage and/or acupressure, herbal and nutritional supplements, pure and authentic aromatherapy blends for the skin, and a healthy diet.

Who Can Perform Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

This treatment should be performed by a licensed Acupuncturist or Naturopathic Doctor with specialized training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.

Who should not receive treatment?

Dr. Caversan will perform a complete assessment of your health prior to all treatments. Pregnant women or those suffering from a cold, flu or allergies should postpone treatment. Additionally, pituitary and heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, pacemakers, problems with bleeding or bruising, and migraine headaches may be contraindications for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.

Will it really make a difference?

Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of conditions for nearly 5,000 years. Having proven itself with billions of people, it has survived the test of time. The use of acupuncture in cosmetology—particularly in preventing and reducing wrinkles—is gaining popularity world-wide.

A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had visible effects with one course of treatment. The results included: improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles; levelling of wrinkles; brighter complexion; more delicate, fair skin; and overall rejuvenation not confined to the face.

The effectiveness of acupuncture results from its direct manipulation of the body’s energy system to restore balance, remove blockages, or add energy when necessary.

Who would benefit from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Anyone wishing to look and feel younger while also slowing down the aging process can benefit from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. The decision to begin treatment may be professionally or personally inspired or a combination of both.

Different methods are emphasized and specific points stimulated according to how each individual is aging. A person with excess puffiness, for example, would require a different treatment than someone with dry skin. In keeping with the foundation of holistic medicine, the whole person is treated and evaluated on the body-mind continuum.