The Naturopaths at ONE80 Health are a vital part of its holistic approach to managing the health of our patients. The holistic approach taken at ONE80 uses different treatment modalities based on the needs of the patient and his/her condition. The focus is on an individualized, patient-centered prevention and treatment of disease, as well as optimization of health.
The Naturopathic Doctors at ONE80 Health aim to treat the underlying cause of disease by supporting the body’s inherent ability to heal through the use of a variety of interventional and nutritional methods. The key to the way your care will be managed at ONE80 is in the naturopath working alongside your medical doctor (or the medical doctor at ONE80 Health) to ensure you are receiving integrative care.
Naturopathic Medicine is a system of health care that uses a natural approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of an individual, with emphasis on prevention and health maintenance.
Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes treating the cause of the illness rather than just the symptoms. With this focus, symptoms are not simply suppressed; instead, their origin is determined and treated. This initiates a path to long-term improvement of health and well-being.
The focus of naturopathic treatment is to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself, resulting in optimal health, not simply management of disease symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors use a variety of “tools”, including lifestyle medicine, nutritional counselling, nutritional supplements, botanical (herbal) medicines, acupuncture, homeopathy, and “hands-on” therapies.
These tools are combined uniquely for each and every patient to create a treatment plan reflecting their individual health concern(s), their health priorities, their lifestyle demands and any other challenges or obstacles that may be present.
Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine incorporates treatments based on thousands of years of experience, with those validated using modern research techniques, resulting in a complete and wholesome approach to health care.
As a health optimizing approach to disease treatment, the benefit (and indeed, goal) of naturopathic treatment is often greater than a return to your original state of health. For example, a person being treated for joint pain may also, as a result of their treatment protocol, lose weight, resulting not only in decreased pain but also increased energy and improved self-confidence.
Even when naturopathic medicine is not able to completely solve a health challenge, it can aid in reducing the use of conventional medications, reducing medication side effects and long-term toxicity symptoms. For this reason, it is an effective compliment for conventional treatment of many health concerns.
What to Expect
The first appointment with a naturopathic doctor focuses primarily on thoroughly gathering the information required to create an effective treatment plan for meeting your health goals.
The information collected may include relevant health information, information about lifestyle factors that may provide challenges to success, physical examination findings, and recommendations for further laboratory testing or requests of your other healthcare providers for already-completed laboratory test results.
Although every patient’s treatment plan is individualized, all include nutritional and/or lifestyle prescriptions to support the regaining of health, and usually use of natural medicines (e.g., nutritional supplements) or treatments (e.g., acupuncture) to stimulate healing.
Follow-up appointments are scheduled according to the therapy selected and your response to treatment. The ultimate goal of naturopathic treatment is for you to be empowered with the knowledge to take control of your own health, requiring consultation only once or twice yearly to monitor maintenance of health improvements.