"Let your medicine be your food and your food be your medicine"
Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in assessing nutritional health and educating patients on how nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances, and dietary imbalances play a role in many medical conditions. Many conditions can be treated effectively with whole foods and nutritional supplements - the proper form, type, and time of intake are all critical details in the journey to and maintenance of optimum health. With strong backgrounds in human physiology, biochemistry, and clinical nutrition it is without question that the doctors at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic utilize individualized dietary recommendations as the cornerstones of their treatment plans.
The synergistic healing qualities of botanical medicines makes them a mainstay modality for doctors at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic. We are trained both in the art and science of botanical medicine, having taken time to study both the pharmacognosy of the individual constituents in plants as well as the energetic/spiritual qualities of the plant as a whole. Medicinal plants contain a multitude of chemical constituents which give them therapeutic potency and versatility when treating a patient. Pharmaceuticals, alternatively, are often derived from isolated plant constituents. The benefit to using botanical medicines is that they give a more complete and balanced healing ability, often adapting to the physiology of the human body so as to encourage natural healing processes to prevail. It is our goal to use these methods to help restore your body’s natural balance. Botanical medicines are effective and safe when used properly, in the right dose, and in the right combinations with other herbs and treatments.
Here at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic we are trained to help you identify and understand the relationship between mental/emotional and physical health. The stresses of everyday life inherently affect everyone, however the ways in which we individually respond to these stresses can have variable outcomes. By illuminating the ways in which patients have responded to past and present stresses, as doctors we are able to guide patients towards more positive choices and outcomes in their future. Oftentimes, this process involves a shift in perception which can bring a greater sense of ease and trust to their present place in the world. Patients naturally develop more satisfying lives at home and work, and in relationships with family, friends, and significant others.
Hydrotherapy is a fundamental modality of naturopathic doctors and its use dates back hundreds of years. The simplicity, accessibility, affordability, and effectiveness of hydrotherapy is unparalleled by any other modality. Patients at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic can often expect to be sent home with some self-care hydrotherapy practice to help mobilize circulation and lymphatics, reduce inflammation, increase internal body temperatures, stimulate digestion and elimination, and promote healing. Through using these healing properties of water topically, hydrotherapy treatments offer a non-invasive approach to improving your health naturally.
At the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic we are able to assess and treat patients who have become unwell due to the additive effect of many environmental exposures over time. We strive to educate patients on how to reduce their exposure to toxicants in addition to using natural approaches to help neutralize and eliminate toxins from the body. This, in turn, increases the health of the individual, the family, the community, and the earth. Treatments often include locating and removing the source of exposure, dietary changes, lifestyle education, supplementation, and intravenous therapy. These are determined on an individual basis in order to optimize effectiveness.
Assessing a patient's lifestyle and removing physical, emotional, and mental obstacles that restrict a patient from achieving regular movement in their daily life is essential to the doctors at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic. Regular daily movement not only decreases risk and progression of many medical conditions, but improves mood, cognition, quality of sleep, metabolism, digestion, and energy. Finding enjoyable and sustainable ways to incorporate more movement into patient's lives is of utmost importance.
Mindfulness is about bringing awareness into our body for our physical and emotional well-being. Rumination, stress, and excessive worry are all contributors to our ill health. Mindfulness reduces these tendencies by connecting our mind to our bodies and harmonizing the two for a balanced and calmer state of being. The simplicity of a seated practice can work wonders on our overall health. Here at Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic we can guide you towards a more mindful way of caring for yourself.
Although the principle of homeopathy - "like cures like" - has been known for more than 300 years, it is not until Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) formulated systems of homeopathy that it became a component in a complete medical treatment. Homeopathy is a unique form of medicine that treats individual expressions of imbalance by stimulating the body's inherent ability to heal. Homeopathic remedies are selected by taking careful note of a patient's physical, emotional, and mental presentation. Homeopathy is a gentle and effective treatment modality. Remedies are derived from herbal, animal, and mineral substances and are typically dispensed in the form of tiny pellets or liquid dilutions.
Acupuncture originated in China over 2,500 years ago and is still used as a primary health care system throughout the world. Traditional Chinese medicine views disease as the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow and acupuncture is a method of balancing and building the body’s energy, known as “qi” (pronounced “chee”).
Here at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic, we insert sterile, disposable needles into special points that lay on pathways throughout the body called channels or meridians. These meridians are then stimulated and act as conduits for energy circulation to specific body organs, nervous systems or physically affected areas. The qi that is stimulated by these needles allow the body to heal itself by directing the energy where it is needed by increasing circulation and blood flow to areas of congestion. The number of treatments needed depend upon the type of injury or ailment, and the length of time this ailment or injury has existed, and the overall general health of the person at the present.
Naturopathic physical treatment
Naturopathic physical treatment places its chief emphasis on the relationship between structural integrity and health. The body is endowed with the means of sustaining optimum health, but this may be disrupted by structural misalignments. Although the naturopathic physical treatment is most often used for musculoskeletal problems, it is also employed effectively for other disorders. Naturopathic corrections of the spine can alter neuro-endocrine and neuro-visceral activity and thus positively affect general health.
The doctors at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic are trained to administer natural therapeutics directly into the bloodstream safely and effectively. When vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are given intravenously (IV), the gastrointestinal tract is by-passed allowing for optimal absorption and high dosages. Oftentimes in chronic illness the digestive tract is compromised, leaving the patient with nutrient deficiencies due to malabsorption. IV therapy is one method of improving nutrient load, overall cellular function, hydration, and systemic immunity. Indications for IV therapy include both acute and chronic illnesses. We would be happy to discuss if this modality is appropriate for you.