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Naturopathic medicine aims to use treatments that are safe, effective, with minimal side effects, to avoid suppressing symptoms whenever possible and to respect each person’s individual healing.

Niagara’s Naturopathic Medicine Specialists

Origins of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is based on the fact that the body can heal itself. Using treatments that are natural, gentle, and safe, with minimal side effects that will respect each person’s own healing process. Naturopaths follow a set of principles that promote healthy healing and understanding of the underlying cause rather than focusing exclusively on the symptoms.

Our Techniques

Food Sensitivity Testing and Food Intolerance Testing

Food sensitivity is associated with a broad range of symptoms that include joint pain, eczema, low energy, weight gain, ADHD, and many more. Using the lgG food sensitivity test and the Carroll Food Intolerance test will help us to understand the digestive and metabolic capacity of your body.

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Lab Testing – Regular and Specialized

Laboratory testing may be required to properly understand your ailments. Advanced diagnostic testing reveals more than the conventional tests and provides direction for a more well-rounded treatment plan. Some of these tests include hormone balance test, food sensitivity, hair tissue analysis, adrenal, and heavy metal.

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Detoxification is an ongoing process with your naturopath to develop a personalized program that works for your body. A combination of diet, exercise, and natural medicine will bring your body back to a state of equilibrium and self-regulation. This is where the natural healing of your body can begin.

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Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a staple in Chinese medicine that is used to restore and rejuvenate your energy flows which is also known as your “Qi”. Inserting thin sterilized needles into your skin and the underlying tissue at specific points of your body will promote healing, balance, and reduce pain. Combining acupuncture with herbs and dietary changes will work together to eliminate disease and bring balance to your body.

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Incorporating wholesome nutrition and organic foods into your diet will improve your body’s overall health and well-being. Nutrition is about eating the right foods, introducing organic options into your diet and possibly using nutritional supplements that will strengthen your body’s healing process. Some of the benefits of proper nutrition are increased energy, increased gastrointestinal function, improved immunity, and general well-being.

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Homeopathy and Biotherapeutic Drainage

Based on the belief that “like cures like”, homeopathy uses natural substances to stimulate the body to heal itself. These natural substances come from plant, animal, or mineral origin. Both homeopathy and biotherapeutic drainage have long-lasting effects on a physical and emotional level.

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Hydrotherapy uses water at various temperatures, both internally and externally, to promote a healing response. Your treatment plan will determine the temperature of the water and the type of treatment. Types of treatment include saunas, steam baths, foot baths, contrast therapy, hot and cold showers, and water therapy.

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Lifestyle Counseling

There are many different factors that affect your health. These factors can include physical, mental, and environmental stimuli. Lifestyle counselling identifies which factors could be creating a barrier to your healing process.

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Auricular Medicine

The external ear has a lot of nerves that reflect every organ, tissue, and gland in the body. Auricular medicine uses your pulse to detect any blockages in the body. Combining this extremely sensitive assessment technique with conventional medicine allows your naturopath to come up with the correct treatment to relieve biologic stresses in your body.

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Psychosomatic Energetics

Your emotional health and your immune system are intrinsically connected. Repressed emotional trauma in your subconscious is associated with illness. If these traumas are left unresolved it can lead to emotional stresses that affect your free-flowing life energy that contribute to physical, mental, and/or emotional disorders. Psychosomatic energetics help your body, mind, and energy get back to a harmonious state.

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Areas of Interest

Women’s Health

Women can experience symptoms that make feel her uncomfortable and feel imbalanced. Using the natural treatments of botanical medicine, detoxification, biotherapeutic drainage, acupuncture, and lifestyle adjustments will start your body’s healing process. Dr. Donata focuses on treating the conditions that can impact a woman’s quality of life.

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General Family Practice

Your body has the ability to heal itself, but there could be barriers preventing this. With physiological support and individual support from Dr. Donata, you will detox your body and bring it back to a state where the natural healing process can begin. At Dalhousie Health and Wellness, we provide treatment and support for your health concerns including sleep, digestion problems, anxiety, hormones, the immune system, stress, and chronic fatigue.

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Digestive Health

Digestion plays a pivotal role in our bodies when it comes to our health. At the root of all chronic illnesses is a maldigestion or food intolerance symptoms. Your entire health can be affected by improper digestion. Even if you are not showing any symptoms such as food sensitivity, constipation, or diarrhea, your body could still be suffering from digestive problems. The process of working towards healthy digestion starts with understanding what healthy gastrointestinal function actually looks like and what is stopping your body from properly processing nutrition.

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Immune Health

Your immune system is your body’s primary external and internal defence against bacteria and viruses. Having a strong immune system is critical in avoiding chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. A naturopath will help heal your immune system and prevent illnesses, seasonal infections, and eczema.

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Detoxification is an important part of your body’s natural healing process. The purpose is to eliminate toxins that are interfering with your body’s normal functions. It is an ongoing process that requires maintenance and will have amazing effects on your body that includes strengthening your immune system, improving metabolism, and promoting weight loss.

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Mental Health

Your body, mind, and energy are all connected. If one part is unbalanced, it can affect your whole body, mentally and physically. Combining the natural healing processes associated with nutrition, lifestyle adjustments, medical acupuncture, and natural remedies will balance your hormones which will, in turn, benefit your mental health.

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There are many causes of “unexplained infertility” that can be positively impacted by naturopathic medicine. A naturopath provides fertility remedies that will assist with the factors that could be causing infertility. They are trained to look at more than just the symptoms but also consider what the underlying issue may be. Conditions such as hormone imbalances or food sensitivity are not something your family doctor would not be looking for and could be hindering your ability to conceive.

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Naturopathic Medicine

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)

Naturopathic medicine uses treatments that are safe and effective with minimal side effects so they do not harm the patient. Whenever possible they avoid suppressing symptoms. Everyone is different, therefore, it is important to respect each person’s healing process when developing a treatment plan.

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

Your body has the remarkable capability to heal itself, but the natural healing process can be affected by obstacles that prevent recovery. Naturopathic medicine works to determine the cause of the obstacles and guide our body, mind, and spirit back to a balanced state.

Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)

Naturopathic medicine does not only treat the symptoms, but it will also consider and treats the underlying cause of the symptoms or disease. Factors such as your diet, lifestyle, and environment could be affecting your health more than you realize.

Treat the Whole Person

Everyone is different and requires personalized care. A naturopath examines the aspects of your life including nutrition, lifestyle, family history, feelings, environment, and physical health which are all taken into consideration for your treatment.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere)

It is not only important to treat the symptoms and the underlying cause, but it is also important that you understand why the symptoms are occurring. All treatments and protocols are thoroughly explained so that you understand your treatment plan and what you can do to be balanced and maintain your health.

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Your health is affected by everything around you, making it important to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life to maintain a balanced and healthy body, mind, and spirit. This improves your quality of life and help to prevent disease before they happen.

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