What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopaths view health from a holistic perspective taking into account the various factors that impact health including physical dysfunction, mental/emotional stress, diet/nutrition, environmental burden, genetics and family history.
The ultimate goal in Naturopathy is to determine and treat the root cause of an illness or symptom by supporting the body’s internal efforts to heal, restoring balance and sustaining optimal health. Naturopathic doctors use a number of modalities to treat a variety of health issues.
Treatment can include clinical nutrition, physical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, herbal medicine, stress management and homeopathy.
Naturopathic Medicine For Fertility
Sometimes starting a family isn’t as easy as we thought it would be.
Perhaps you have had a difficult time getting pregnant, or you have suffered through miscarriages. Naturopathic medicine in Newmarket and Toronto can support your own natural fertility, or also support you through medically-assisted fertility treatment. We are here to help you achieve your goal of having a baby.
Some of the underlying causes of fertility issues that can be treated with Naturopathic medicine include:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS),
- Hormonal imbalance
- Hypothyroidism and thyroid disease
- Poor egg quality
- Low ovarian reserve
- Luteal phase defect
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Unexplained infertility
Commonly Asked Questions About Fertility Naturopathy
Natural fertility treatment involves various therapies to complement the conventional fertility approach. Many factors get overlooked when couples are facing difficulty on their road to conception, so we make sure to look at the whole picture to understand better how to support your unique situation.
The most common factors we consider to improve fertility include:
- Weight management for fertility
- Dietary habits to improve fertility
- Egg & sperm quality
- Hormone balance, cycle charting & ensuring ovulation
- Reducing inflammation
- Stress management
- Improving sleep
Whether you’re trying naturally or working with a fertility clinic, spending up to 3 months in preparation using naturopathic approaches has repeatedly proven to result in higher pregnancy rates and improved embryo quality.
Yes. Naturopathic medicine can be used to effectively address many conditions that result in infertility such as:
- Uterine fibroids & polyps
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Hormone imbalance and irregular menstrual cycles
- Low sperm quantity and quality
- Low egg quality
Absolutely. While assisted reproductive technology ensures the creation and implantation of embryos, naturopathic therapies focus on improving the quality of those embryos which is equally important. We do this by working with couples a few months before egg retrieval to improve egg and sperm quality. Incorporating acupuncture to support assisted cycles improves outcomes as well.
Acupuncture is effective during the entire reproductive cycle. We recommend including acupuncture during the preconception period, and throughout the egg retrieval, transfer, implantation and two week wait period.
The benefits of acupuncture for fertility include:
- improved blood flow to the ovaries and improved endometrial lining
- improved response to medicated cycles
- reduced stress hormone production
- promotion of optimal environment for implantation
- Treatment for irregular cycles, PCOS and endometriosis
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Naturopathic Medicine During Pregnancy
Getting and being pregnant is one of the biggest events in a woman’s life.
While pregnancy is truly special, sometimes the discomforts that may accompany it can make daily living more difficult than it should be. There are a number of ways Naturopathic medicine in Newmarket and Toronto can help manage many of these issues.
Common pregnancy concerns effectively managed through Naturopathic medicine include:
- Gestational Diabetes
- Constipation and Gas
- Immune issues (Frequent Colds/Illness)
- Leg cramps
Naturopathic medicine can help support a healthy pregnancy by utilizing proper diet, herbs and nutritional supplementation specific to your unique needs in each trimester.
Our Naturopaths in Newmarket and Toronto can help you prepare for smoother labour and recovery.
Naturopathic medicine can help during pregnancy with:
- Breech, transverse and posterior presentation with acupuncture and/or homeopathics
- Postdates labour induction with acupuncture, herbs and homeopathics
- Nutritional/herbal support and acupuncture for an easier labour
Commonly Asked Questions About a Prenatal Naturopath
You can come in as soon as you’re feeling ready to do so. While it is common to wait 10-12 weeks before being seen by an obstetrician or midwife, many couples have lots of questions and concerns and our naturopathic doctors can offer support from week one. Not only is it great to have any early pregnancy concerns addressed right away, but you can rest assured that you are receiving all the critical nutrients and factors considered for pregnancy viability and healthy baby development in the first trimester. From choosing the best prenatal vitamin to preparing your birth plan, our naturopathic doctors are here to support you every step of the way.
While we can order the same tests as your primary care provider, we may interpret the results differently. We will ensure your bloodwork results are not just sufficient – we aim for them to be truly optimal. We can offer treatment ideas to address your pregnancy related symptoms and conditions using natural, safe and evidence-based therapies. Addressing your prenatal health from every angle ensures better pregnancy and birth outcomes.
Naturopathic medicine can help prevent and guide you through treatment options for many pregnancy-related conditions such as:
- Morning sickness/ nausea + vomiting
- Urinary Tract or Yeast infections
- Constipation or Hemorrhoids
- Restless legs syndrome
- Gestational diabetes
- Gestational hypertension
- Edema & varicose veins
- Pain management
- Placenta previa
- Immune support
- Breech fetal position
- Labour preparation
- Natural induction
Yes, when prescribed by a properly trained practitioner, there are many vitamins, nutrients, herbs and homeopathic remedies that are effective and safe during pregnancy. Our practitioners are the experts on recommending evidenced based, natural therapies to support you safely throughout your pregnancy.
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Postnatal Naturopathic Care
The first three months after birth, or the ‘fourth trimester’, is a time for recovery.
It’s also a time for bonding with your baby and adjustment to a new routine; whether it’s with baby number one or baby number four. Often breastfeeding isn’t as easy as we think it will be, or our emotions don’t settle back to normal (whatever that is!) after the first six weeks. Emotional and physical support during the fourth trimester can make all the difference in how well a woman recovers and her success with breastfeeding.
Naturopathic medicine can be invaluable during this time providing support for the new mom with postpartum recovery
- Pain management
- Vaginal/perineal healing
- C-section healing
- Breastfeeding issues, including help with determining food sensitivities
- Postpartum depression/anxiety and other mood issues
Commonly Asked Questions About a Postnatal Naturopath
We are here to support you at any point – whether it be immediately after your delivery to improve healing or further down the road to assist with burnout. While being a new parent means shifting your attention to your little one, know that our focus is on you. You deserve support to ensure you heal, recover and transition into motherhood feeling your very best.
Naturopathic medicine can help you thrive, some common conditions we treat include:
- Perineal healing
- Healing from cesarean
- Postpartum mood support
- Milk supply
- Thyroid health
- Weight gain
- Fatigue & Adrenal support
Yes. Our practitioners are expertly trained to ensure any therapeutics used are compatible with breastfeeding to ensure your peace of mind.
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Naturopathic Treatment For Pediatric Health
Sometimes our little ones have their own bumps in the road, health-wise.
Oona’s Naturopathic doctors in Newmarket and Toronto can provide primary care to your child through all stages, effectively dealing with any and all health issues that your little one might be faced with.
Naturopathic medicine can help your little one with:
- Feeding issues
- Digestive issues: colic, gas, reflux, constipation, diarrhea
- Skin issues: rashes/eczema/psoriasis/cradle cap
- Allergies/food sensitivities
- Immune support: frequent colds/flus, ear infections, fever
- Sleep issues
- Mood, attention and behavioural issues
- Developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders
Commonly Asked Questions About Pediatric Naturopathy
The principles of naturopathy require a close look at all the systems involved in your infant, toddler or big kid’s well-being. We ensure that your baby is hitting all their milestones and benefitting from the vital nutrients required for their growth. Changes in your child’s development may reveal early signs of nutrient deficiencies or health concerns. Implementing small changes can have lasting impact on your child’s long-term health.
Naturopathic medicine can effectively manage many conditions of infancy and childhood. Some common concerns include:
- Acid reflux
- Frequent colds & flus
- Ear infections
- Sleep disturbances
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