Providing Naturopathic Medicine in Oakville
Naturopathic medicine is focused on treating the underlying cause of disease, rather than merely the symptoms, to achieve optimal health. Naturopathic doctors focus on health promotion and disease prevention, as opposed to just treating things after they occur and prescribing medications to remove symptoms. The approach of Bronte Wellness naturopathic clinic in Oakville is individualized healthcare with a commitment to treat the whole person. This requires taking the time to learn more about the patient and formulating an effective treatment plan. Our female naturopathic physicians complete thorough initial consultations, discuss previous health history, complete physical assessments, and order lab testing if needed.
About Naturopathic Doctors
Naturopathic doctors provide individualized evidence-informed therapies that balance the least harmful and most effective approaches to help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain its own optimal health. Naturopathic medicine treatments are designed to help prevent disease and promote health, and may include custom nutrition plans, supplements, physical medicine and lifestyle counselling. Naturopathic doctors in Oakville, and all of Ontario, can serve as primary health providers, meaning they can perform physical exams, order lab tests, diagnose health issues, and provide treatment. They can also complement and enhance services provided by other healthcare professionals and in some cases can even order more specialized testing than family doctors due to different regulations. This provides patients with a truly integrative form of healthcare that best suits their overall needs.
About Naturopathic Clinics
Naturopathic clinics are important within any community because they offer a more varied and customized approach to overall health care and preventative medicine. Most of modern medicine does not address or treat the root cause of health issues or focus much on future health, and is sometimes even ineffective, because conventional doctors are limited in their treatment and prescription drug options. For example, many menopausal women who are experiencing hormonal change are often just prescribed anti-depressants to ease their symptoms. Naturopathic clinics can see patients who have previously been unable to address health concerns, are able to address the root cause of many health issues, and provide patients who have an existing diagnosis with treatment alternatives.
Misconceptions about Naturopathic Clinics & Doctors
It’s important to note that naturopathic health clinics are not quack operations. They focus on evidence-based medicine with a variety of proven naturopathic medicine therapies. Naturopathic doctors in Ontario are granted the title of ‘Doctor’, which means they are a real doctor, have a license to practice medicine, and are highly regulated just like any other doctor. Also, a homeopath is NOT the same thing as a naturopath. Homeopathy is a form of treatment in naturopathic medicine backed by a 2 year program of study, whereas naturopathic doctors have gone to school for 7-8 years to be able to practice.