Naturopathic medicine is a unique form of primary care medicine. A Naturopathic Doctor is different because we try to discover the root cause of your illness rather than cover up the symptoms with medication. A great example of this is headaches. Headaches can be caused by food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, dehydration, hormonal imbalances, musculoskeletal injuries or strains as well as a host of other causes. Instead of taking pain killers, a Naturopathic doctor will spend an hour and a half at the initial appointment going through every facet of your life, from your bowel movements to your job history and family history. This is the only way to determine the root cause.
The other main distinguishing feature is we believe in supporting the bodies natural ability to heal itself using medicines and therapies that strengthen the individual and their healing response.
Naturopathic Doctors are a regulated health profession in Manitoba. We can send you for bloodwork, do gynecological exams, perform intravenous therapies and injections and help to determine a diagnosis. However, we are still considered private healthcare in the province. Naturopathic services are often covered by third party insurance.
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