Senior Intern at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic
NUTRITION + LIFESTYLE
The foundation to your health is diet, sleep, exercise and stress management - improving these basics can help you feel better
Balance hormones and boost energy to bring out your youthful glow with natural, holistic strategies
Staying current on the latest research so that you can be a high-level performer at work and at play
Types of Treatments
These are the types of treatments that you could expect during a visit.
An intern (me!) and a supervising naturopathic doctor will do a detailed review of your concern as well as your history to figure out the best treatment option for you.
Botanical medicine uses plants as medicine. It uses different parts of the plant like the roots, leaves, stems, flowers or berries for their healing properties. There are many forms that the plants can be processed to extract their components. Here are the most common examples:
Infusions aka teas (hot or cold): Steeping plants in water for 5 – 15 mins
Decoctions: Boiling plants in water for 10 mins to several hours
Tinctures: Soaking plants in alcohol (or glycerin) for several weeks
Essential oils: Plants are steam distilled to extract the volatile oils
Tablets/pills or capsules: Ground plants or extracts are put into capsules or pressed into tablets
And depending on the treatment, there are various carriers used to deliver these plant medicines:
Topical: Lotions, creams, ointments, salves, gels, poultices
Kid-friendly: Lozenges, popsicles, lollipops, syrups, gummy bears
HEENT: Gargles, ear oils, eye drops, nasal sprays, steam inhalations
Genitourinary: Enemas, vaginal or rectal suppositories
Traditional Chinese Medicine
An ancient form of medicine that incorporates herbal formulas, acupuncture, acupressure, diet and cupping techniques. TCM assesses each system of the body, the quality of the pulse and the appearance of the tongue (yep, your tongue gives us many clues into your health). It is most effective for pain, headaches/migraines, fatigue, female concerns, digestive issues, skin conditions and respiratory diseases.
Acupuncture uses thin needles inserted through the skin to stimulate specific points on the body, which helps to reduce inflammation and pain by releasing endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers). Acupressure is an effective treatment for children as well as an at-home alternative in between visits.
Our bodies are made up of complex and integrated systems that interact closely with each other. Manipulating the physical body can change how these systems interact together by altering things like your sex hormones, immune system, digestion, detoxification abilities and stress response. We all know that stress from illnesses, injuries, poor posture or over-training can cause physical ailments but what we don’t always think about is how emotional or mental stress can manifest itself in the body too. For that reason physical therapies are a wonderful option for many conditions. They can reduce muscle tension, joint pain, decrease inflammation, improve the immune system, and even calm the sympathetic nervous system.
Here are the most common physical therapies used:
Acupuncture: Thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points on the body
Spinal manipulations: Hands-on manipulation of the joints of the spine
Massage: Hands-on manipulation of soft tissues like muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue
Dry cupping: Special cups are applied onto the skin that pull up it up into the cup
Hydrotherapy: Water therapies like saunas, peat bathes and contrasting hot/cold compresses can improve circulation, modulate the immune system and encourage detoxification
Nutrition and Food Therapies
A nutrient-rich diet can help to promote weight loss and balance blood sugar, improve performance and energy, decrease inflammation, balance hormones, modify your microbiome, modulate your immune system, enable detoxification and tissue repair, support organ systems, and even improve mental well-being.
Nutrition counselling can include the following:
A detailed analysis of your current diet and eating habits
An individualized plan that considers your goals, food preferences, budget and lifestyle
Addressing specific health concerns with therapeutic diets
Using plant extracts and supplements to augment your health
Food is an important part of our individuality, culture, spirituality, creative expression and pleasure. It provides the building blocks for our bodies to live, and it can prevent disease and increase longevity.
Exercise, stress management, emotional well-being and getting enough restful sleep can be game-changers in improving your overall health. Lifestyle modifications can help with decreasing anxiety and depression, improving energy levels, increasing your mental functioning, balancing hormones, improving your physical performance and recovery, and decreasing stress.
Here are a few ways that naturopathic medicine can optimize your daily functioning:
Exercise and physical activity programs
Meditation and breathing techniques
Weight loss and management
What’s so exciting about human biology is that we can give the same treatment to ten people and each person will have a unique response. That’s why it’s so important to assess each and every patient individually to provide the most effective care for that person. This approach is the cornerstone of our care.