Advanced Naturopathic Therapies
We offer a range of advanced Naturopathic treatment options to assist with more complex cases such as: cancer, chronic disease, autoimmune conditions, heavy metal toxicity, etc
Prolotherapy (Regenerative Injection Therapy), also known as ligament reconstructive therapy, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis.
A precise injection of a mild irritating solution (dextrose, sterile water, and local anaesthetic mixture) is placed directly into the site of the torn or stretched tendon or ligament. This produces a mild, controlled inflammation that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Fibroblasts (“baby” ligament and connective tissue cells) are stimulated to lay down new tissue on the weakened area. This encourages growth of new ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure.
This process causes a decrease in painful signals arising from the many nerves in the lax ligaments, and ultimately a decrease in pain.
Neural Therapy is used in treating a wide variety of conditions through using injections into nerve sites, scars, muscle trigger points and other tissues to relieve pain and dysfunction throughout the body. The injections often contain homeopathic medicines, local anesthetic such as procaine, or vitamins such as B12. The sites of injection are determined by your history of trauma, location of symptoms, and connected dysfunctional areas. Neural Therapy is based on the theory that trauma can produce long-standing disturbances in the electrochemical function of tissues and cells. Such trauma can cause changes in the involuntary nervous system function leading to altered cell membrane dynamics. Also circulatory, lymphatic and connective tissue disruption can occur.
The injection of the local anaesthetic restores cell membrane function for the duration of the anaesthesia. This short period of time allows the cell to eliminate sufficient amounts of waste material to re-establish normal function. Enhanced microcirculation and lymphatic drainage also takes place as a result of the injection. The anaesthetic is not given for the conventional purpose of freezing or numbing the local region. The addition of vitamins, minerals, or homeopathic remedies to the injection allows an additive therapeutic affect.
Neural therapy techniques involve a multitude of varied types of injections. Some are very shallow, only skin deep and yet others are much deeper. Surprisingly, this therapy is not too painful and well tolerated by most individuals.
Chelation therapy involves the removal of toxins from the body, usually heavy metals. In our environments, through food sources, as well as home and job related exposures, many heavy metals are introduced into our bodes. In small amounts over a long period of time a healthy body should be able to cope with these substances, but often the exposures are too much for our bodies to handle. As a result skin issues arise, headaches and decline in mental functioning occur, digestive disorders can happen, and our well-being is effected. Chelation therapy helps to prevent these changes from worsening and reverse any side effects of the toxins in the body through first testing to see what the levels are like and then gently removing them from the body using oral and/or intravenous methods.
In chelation therapy, a chemical substance is introduced into the body through an intravenous (IV) drip. The most common form of chelation therapy uses a synthetic amino acid called ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA). Once it enters the bloodstream, the chemical substance binds to certain molecules (such as metals or minerals) and then removes those molecules from the body through the urine.
Chelation therapy is a very effective way to remove several heavy metals from blood, including:
Heavy metal exposure may occur through the diet, from medications, from the environment, or in the course of work or play. Heavy metals can enter the body through the skin, or by inhalation or ingestion. Toxicity can result from sudden, severe exposure, or from chronic exposure over time. Symptoms can vary depending on the metal involved, the amount absorbed, and the age of the person exposed. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are common symptoms of acute metal ingestion. Chronic exposure may cause various symptoms resulting from damage to body organs, and may increase the risk of cancer.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi”. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridiens and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to:
- Reduce chronic pain
- Reduce the risk of arthritis
- Relieve migraine headaches
- Prevent nausea and vomiting
- Manage anxiety
- Reduce insomnia
- Minimize heartburn and indigestion
Other potential physiological effects and health benefits of acupuncture include:
- Increasing peripheral circulation
- Augmenting skin and muscle blood flow
- Decreasing heart rate and reducing elevated blood pressure
- Regulating autonomic nervous system
- Normalizing gastro-intestinal motility
- Boosting immune function
- Balancing reproductive hormones
All these therapeutic effects can lead to relaxation, pain reduction, reduced muscle fatigue recovery time, improved mood and concentration, restful sleep, decreased IBS related symptoms such as bloating and constipation, and shortened duration of cold or flu. As well, acupuncture has been known to lighten depression and anxiety in those who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS); it can also ease overactive bladder symptoms. Studies have also shown that acupuncture can be effective in correcting breech presentation and can help induce labor.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained in acupuncture from a physiotherapy perspective and do intramuscular stimulation in order to provide alleviation of symptoms while treating the symptoms from a different perspective than TCM.
Advanced treatments require an initial 60-minute consultation with one of our Naturopathic doctors who are fully trained to diagnose and treat complex cases
This is a 60-minute, in-depth consultation where the doctor will complete a full assessment