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Naturopathic Medicine tries to get to the root cause (and more often than not, root causes) of a person’s symptoms and uses naturals methods to help prevent those symptoms from coming back in the future.

An example that I often give is a headache.  Instead of taking a painkiller to get rid of the headache, a Naturopathic Doctor will look into the reasons a headache may occur.  Is there a lot of stress with muscle tightness?  Is there high blood pressure?  Are there food sensitivities or intolerances?  Is there an association with menstruation?  Was there a trauma?  etc etc etc.  The answers to all of these questions will determine how an ND will approach recommendations for a headache.

Various types of testing may be recommended, including blood, stool and/or urine tests.  Their results can also contribute to your ND’s customized treatment plan for you.

When it comes to treatment, there are various modalities and by extension, combinations of modalities, that a Naturopathic Doctor can use to help.  These include:

  • Dietary and nutritional recommendations
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Supplements and nutraceuticals
  • Botanicals or herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Intravenous vitamin therapy

 

If you have any questions, you can send me an email at info@moirakwokND.com or contact me at either of my clinics: Adelaide Health Clinic (in downtown Toronto at Bay & Adelaide in First Canadian Place on the concourse level in the PATH) at (416) 367-5200 / info@adelaideclinic.com or Insight Naturopathic Clinic (in midtown Toronto at Bayview & Eglinton) at (416) 322-9980 / insight.naturopathic@gmail.com

 

 

Intravenous Therapy

If you had asked me back in 2007 if I could see myself using intravenous therapy as a large part of my practice, I would have told you that: (1) you didn’t know me at all because I have a massive phobia of needles; and (2) I wouldn’t do the practical portions of the IV course and additional board exam because it meant that someone else had to poke my veins!

However, having said all of that, circumstances happened that led me to incorporate IV therapy into my daily practice and I think that it was the best decision for my patients.  And if you’re wondering, I eventually got over my needle phobia, took and passed the IV course and board exam, and eventually became a teaching assistant and lecturer for the IV course!

I have been offering IV vitamin therapy in my practice since the beginning of 2008 and have administered thousands of IVs over the years.  I customize all of my IV bags based on each patient’s needs and health goals.  I try my best to be as gentle and nice with my “pokes” as possible, and I have even had many patients ask me to accompany them to their blood test or hospital appointments so that I can do their pokes there instead.

If you’re interested in trying IV vitamin therapy, please feel free to make an appointment with me and we can discuss all of your health concerns, health goals and answer any of your questions regarding IV vitamin therapy.