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What is Naturopathic Medicine

February 12, 2010

Naturopathic Medicine is a complex system combining modern medical sciences with natural therapies.  As a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) I aim to work with the innate healing power of the body and treat the root cause of disorders to regain health.  This approach emphasizes the patient taking an active role in their health while the ND educates them to re-gain control of the body and harmonize the organs which are out of balance.  With a long-term focus on prevention, this system fills in the gaps that are often missing through conventional care.  By working with the body and recognizing symptoms as signals of internal disorder, your ND will develop a treatment plan to bring you back to health safely and without side effects.

A visit to an ND consists of a thorough intake and history of chief concerns, a screening physical exam, as well as laboratory evaluations when warranted.  This in-depth analysis gives your ND a clear picture of your conditions and their potential causes so they can be more efficiently addressed.  Treatments may include clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy and/or physical medicine.  All treatments implemented are in keeping with current research and can be coordinated with your conventional care.

Common ailments treated by Naturopathic Medicine include colds and flu, digestive concerns, skin conditions, metabolic and hormonal issues, allergies and immunological concerns, heart disease, menstrual irregularities and pediatric conditions.  In addition my personal area of interest lies in sports medicine and pain management.  I tend to focus a large part of my treatments on nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits as these are two of the major cornerstones of health and combating disease.  In the words of the founding father of medicine, “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”

About the Author : Kathy Van Zeyl, Hons. B.Sc., ND is a Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto . You can reach her at Naturopathic Toronto .

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