Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that combines scientific knowledge and diagnostics with traditional and natural forms of medicine. A naturopathic doctor or naturopath (ND) provides alternative therapy services that are complementary to conventional medicine.
The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease, whether the condition is acute or chronic. An ND will focus on all areas of health (physiology, biochemistry, lifestyle factors, hormone health, nutrient status, inflammation, personal and family health history) to determine the cause of imbalance leading to your symptoms. Then using a variety of modalities including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling, she will access diverse disciplines to develop the most effective and individualized treatment approach.
Patients can benefit from naturopathic medicine whether dealing with severe chronic health conditions or looking to optimize wellbeing and maintain long-term health.
In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research. In Ontario, the field of naturopathic medicine is regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
I chose to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine so that I could connect with patients in a personal and positive way. Naturopathic medicine is about health education, patient empowerment, and using the science in nature. My treatment goal is always working to resolve the underlying cause of health concerns, not just cover them up.
I believe naturopathic medicine represents the future of healthcare and I'm excited to be a part of it!
Dr. Janna Levanto, HBK. ND.
Naturopathic medicine is a very large and diverse field, but there are a few tenets which every naturopathic doctor practices which you will experience at any naturopathic clinic.
Naturopathic doctors use the least harmful means of healing available. This means that Dr. Levanto will always give you the most gentle, least invasive care possible.
The methods naturopathic doctors use are based on improving the strength of your body’s own healing systems. When your body is in the right position to take care of itself, achieving optimal health becomes easier!
Your health, after all, is your health. Who knows your body better than you do? Dr. Levanto works to teach you what you need to know to take control of your own health, learn your own body's cues, empowering you with the tools necessary to live the healthiest lifestyle possible.
Naturopathic medicine recognizes symptoms as signs. These signs are used to help you find out what’s going on at a deeper level. Rather than simply treating the symptom, Dr. Levanto will help you determine the root of the symptom, so you can treat the true cause.
Dr. Levanto understands that your health issues aren’t always limited to the physical component of health. That’s why she addresses any mental, emotional, and spiritual concerns that you may have as well. Optimal health on every level can be achieved!
Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are Primary Health Care providers, much like your general physician, with a specific focus on disease prevention and wellness promotion, treating nearly all acute and chronic health conditions. Where they differ from an Allopathic physician is in their approach. The goal of a ND is to identify the cause of the illness or condition you are suffering from, and work to find a solution that not only addresses your symptoms, but also resolves the underlying condition so that symptoms do not continue to present themselves.
Visits with an Naturopathic Doctor (ND) are typically longer than with your medical doctor, during which time a thorough history of your health is assessed, your concerns are addressed, and your treatment is initiated or monitored. Appointments include physical exams, laboratory and diagnostic testing (as needed), and holistic treatment plans. Also, questions are not limited, and follow-ups are as needed.
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