Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine works with your body and the healing power of nature to restore optimal health. Although Naturopathic Medicine can be highly effective in the treatment of countless ailments, it is important to have patience while your body heals, and to recognize that vibrant, sustainable wellness takes time. If you can commit to helping yourself, you will be amazed at the changes and the growth you can accomplish with the help of your ND.

A dynamic and ever-expanding field, Naturopathic Medicine encompasses many natural healing traditions along with cutting-edge western medical research. Since Naturopathic doctors (NDs) take into account the individual when assessing, diagnosing and treating patients, the specific therapies applied vary from person to person. The modalities used at Zawada Health include:

Nutrition: "You are what you eat" is an old adage that holds true in today's changing environment. By analyzing your diet, NDs are trained to address areas of deficiency and to find simple, sustainable ways to improve your energy and overall health. By utilizing foods, herbs and supplements you'll discover how wonderful you can feel when you feed your body what it really wants.

Herbal medicine: Using fresh and dried plants and plant extracts, we aid the body in adapting to an ever-changing environment. Prescribed correctly, botanical medicines can restore balance and promote lasting health.

Homeopathic medicine: Using small quantities of substances, homeopathic remedies work on the subtle energetic level to impact not only the physical, but mental and psychological aspects of health as well. Homeopathy helps the body to recognize old patterns that are not working anymore and to target areas that are preventing you from achieving optimal health. Subtle and gentle, this form of medicine has the power to induce long-lasting change and is well-suited all walks of life, including pregnant women and babies.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Developed through thousands of years of experience, TCM combines the use of acupuncture, acupressure and herbal medicine to address physical and mental patterns of disharmony. Moving vital energy or Qi around the body aids in achieving balance and health in not only acute, but chronic ailments as well.

Counseling: Naturopathic Doctors recognize that the origin of many physical ailments often lies in the mental or spiritual realm. Only through understanding thoughts and emotions can the true picture of an individual be realized and a comprehensive treatment plan developed. It is important to note however, that although NDs are trained in active listening, there is no substitute for qualified mental health professionals when more in-depth treatment is warranted.

The Qualifications of Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) must complete a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education, including four years training at an accredited Naturopathic college. NDs must also pass rigorous board exams both internationally and provincially, and must be registered with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy in Ontario.