Treating an individual’s terrain involves therapeutic modalities applied to address the underlying causes of dis-ease. As a result, your therapeutic plan becomes as unique as you and addresses the goals of naturopathic medicine:
Re-establish a basis for health
Stimulate natural healing processes
Nourish weakened systems
Naturopathic doctors are well-trained in the field of clinical nutrition and nutritional biochemistry. The foods you eat, the lifestyle choices you make, and nutrients you supplement all impact the delicate biochemical balance in your body.
Dr. Sarah is committed to helping you modify your diet to be supportive of your overall health care goals by providing practical tools for manageable, healthful nutritional changes. We support these modifications with ongoing discussion, encouragement, practical tips, recipes and workshops.
Your health is impacted by factors on many levels: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, nutritional and environmental. Often the largest obstacles for good health are a result of the detrimental effects of cumulative stress and poor lifestyle choices: disturbed sleep, poor eating habits, imbalance of work and play, air-water-noise and light pollution, emotional toxicity and lack of regular activity.
As part of an overall plan for the restoration of your health, Dr. Sarah helps you identify areas that require attention, and without judgment coach you to implement essential lifestyle changes. Reducing and modifying these obstacles to good health gives your body, mind and spirit the space and resources to use the healing wisdom within.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in various forms for healing and it is an invaluable tool in encouraging the body’s own healing resources. The healing properties of water come from its ability to increase circulation of blood and lymph, mobilize and eliminate toxins and tonify tissues and organs. It is also used as a carrier for inhalation of infusions of therapeutic herbs and essential oils. Dr. Sarah completed advanced clinical hydrotherapy training and often recommend the use of this natural resource and simple techniques to support an individual’s journey to healing.
Plant based medicines have been used in many cultures for hundreds of years. Historically, botanical and pharmacological medicines were closely aligned. Sadly, they grew apart as science worked to isolate single active constituents for formulating synthetic drugs. Lost was the synergy, wisdom and gentle effectiveness of whole plant medicine.
Naturopathic Doctors have maintained and reclaimed the wisdom of whole botanical medicine. At Vitality Natural Health Centre, the botanical medicine dispensary allows Dr. Sarah to customize formulations specifically suited to you.
When natural routes of elimination are not active and functioning well, accumulation of toxins occurs in the tissues. These accumulations interfere with normal tissue functioning, and when this functioning is compromised long enough, disease will develop. Today, our toxic burden is complicated by toxins in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the stress we experience.
Biotherapies are gentle but powerful medicines that encourage the natural functioning of tissues and open the routes of elimination. Once the proper elimination of toxins is improved, our normal systems are free to function more optimally providing an improvement in not only tissue function, but overall sense of wellbeing.
Homeopathy involves the use of specially prepared plant, animal or mineral remedies that stimulate self-healing. It is based on the principle that a substance that could cause particular symptoms in a very large dose can stimulate the body to heal those same symptoms when administered in miniscule dilutions. Homeopathy is flexible in its applications and is used in both acute and chronic care.
Traditional Asian Medicine & Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a system, extending thousands of years into the history of many Eastern cultures. It is used to balance the flow of energy (qi) in the body. In health, qi flows freely and smoothly in channels throughout the body. Improper flow, excess or deficiency of qi leads to the symptoms of disease. Acupuncture treatments involve the insertion of very fine needles in specific points along the energy channels to restore balance.