Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of therapies. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, and spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical remedies, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese/medicine/ acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.
In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.
Naturopathic doctors use a range of different therapies to address a patient’s physical, mental and emotional health. The therapies used assist the body's healing response and they are often better when combined. The range of modalities allows naturopathic doctors to develop treatment plans that address not only the physical aspect of a person, but also the mental and emotional aspects. The naturopathic therapies are all based on the same principles and they all assist the body's healing response.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The key principal that defines and connects all of Chinese medicine is that of Chi, or vital energy. The chi of all organs must be in balance, neither too active nor too dormant, for a person to be healthy. The chi of the body's organs and systems are all connected in meridians or channels that lie just under the skin. A Naturopathic Doctor will use Eastern herbs and acupuncture to assist the body in regulating the Chi and achieving balance. Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles which are inserted into specific meridian points. The practice of acupuncture has been around for over two thousand years and has proven to help, especially for pain relief and chronic illness.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Food intolerances, deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses have been associated with many medical conditions. A naturopathic doctor is trained to understand the impact that your diet is having on your health. With appropriate dietary modification and nutritional supplements health concerns can be treated with fewer complications and side effects.
We offer a variety of different brands of supplements.
Homeopathy is more than 200 years old and is widely accepted in many countries. Homeopathic remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances. When carefully matched to the patient they are able to affect the body's "vital force" and to stimulate the body's innate healing forces on both the physical and emotional levels, with few side effects. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional treatments respond well to homeopathy.
Medicinal plants have been, and will continue to be a valuable part of health care. These plants and plant substances are safe in the right dosage and when used correctly with other herbs and treatments. Herbs can be prepared in many forms - teas, tinctures or capsules. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in both the art and science of botanical remedies. Naturopathic doctors are currently the only health care providers in Canada to be regulated for the use of botanical remedies.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counseling
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Addressing
all aspects of a person's life, identifying and addressing the impact that stress and life events
have on a patient's health is an important aspect of naturopathic treatment. Naturopathic doctors
are trained to counsel on diet, lifestyle, specific stressors, exercise and occupational or environmental
hazards as an integral part of the naturopathic treatment program.
Sports Injury Treatment
Burkitt Naturopathic & Wellness doctors help you optimize your health and achieve your exercise,
training and competition goals. Using non-invasive naturopathic treatments, our interns can address
the causes of chronic pain brought on by sports injuries, help you attain your peak athletic performance,
and achieve a better quality of life.
Sport treatment treats over-training using proactive therapies and optimizes your diet with sport
treatments and supplements. Sports treatment treats injuries, manages and relieves pain, and maximizes recovery. Naturopathic doctors use acupuncture, hydrotherapy, electrostimulation, soft tissue manipulation, intramuscular stimulation, and active stretching.