Naturopathic medicine is medicine done differently – it’s a unique system of health care that blends traditional therapies with modern-day science. A large majority of therapies that Dr Wright utilizes in practice are evidence-based, with the remainder being founded on clinically sound results. Dr Wright’s approach to health concerns and goals is two-tiered, whereby it takes into account the individual patient and their physical, mental, emotional, social and financial needs, and is RESULTS-FOCUSED. The goal is to treat you as the unique and amazing individual you are and help you feel better quickly, while working on addressing the underlying causes of the illness or disease.
Naturopathic medicine is unique in that it can treat or support any illness – from the common cold, to chronic disease – either by directly addressing the cause of disease, or by supporting the body through conventional treatments and mitigating side effects of medication or therapies.
Some common concerns that naturopathic medicine is well-equipped to treat include: cold/flu, fatigue, stress, pain, skin concerns, weight loss, hormonal imbalance (menstrual difficulties, menopause), infertility, pregnancy, thyroid trouble, emotional disturbance (anxiety, depression), gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune disease, chronic illness, paediatric concerns and well child visits, geriatric concerns….and the list goes on…
We use a combination of modalities unique to the individual patient, but generally include a combination of some or all of the following:
Clinical nutritional counseling, lifestyle counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbal formulas, acupuncture, etc.), nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals, etc.), botanical medicine (tablets/capsules, teas, tinctures), homeopathic medicine, soft tissue body work and joint manipulation.
Before your first visit, you’ll be sent a welcome package including intake and consent forms, which you can send back ahead of time. If you have any recent health records or lab results, please bring those, as well as any medications or supplements you’re taking. The first visit will be roughly 90 minutes (60 minutes for pediatric patients), during which we will go through a thorough health history and brief physical exam to investigate your health concerns. Lab reports and health records can be requisitioned from your previous health care providers at this point as well. Depending on the complexity of your concerns, treatment will either begin on the first or second visit, but regardless, you will be sent home with nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to get you started. Follow up visits are generally 30-60 minutes in length and are spread apart depending on your individual concerns and the degree of support you need.
Naturopathic medicine is proactive in nature, meaning that we focus on prevention of disease and encourage regular check ups and yearly physical exams to ensure that everything is in working order. While we strive to help you feel better quickly, we want to make sure you stay on track by seeing you at least annually.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First, do no harm – by using the least invasive treatment possible, minimizing the risk of side effects.
To co-operate with the healing power of nature – by promoting your body’s innate ability to be well.
To address the fundamental causes of disease – rather than suppressing symptoms.
To heal the whole person through individualized treatment – instead of treating a set of symptoms, YOU are treated as a whole person.
To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine – the best approach to health is to be proactive, take control and prevent problems before they start.
Canada’s only school offering a Bachelor in Naturopathy Degree is the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, offering a rigorous four year full time program. Prerequisites for the program are an undergraduate post-secondary degree. The naturopathic medical program entails basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics and 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience. Graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams and participate in ongoing continuing education. Training is similar to that which is involved in becoming a conventional medical doctor, the main differences being in our underlying philosophies and therapies.