Botanical medicine is the art and practice of using medicinal plants for healing. Botanical medicines can take the form of tinctures (a concentrated herbal liquid), standardized extracts (capsules or tablets), infusions (teas) or topicals (creams and salves). Naturopathic Doctors are thoroughly trained in the safe and effective use of medicinal herbs. After studying Plant Science at the University of Guelph I developed a special interest in botanical medicine and I am constantly inspired by the biochemical complexity and healing properties of plants.
If deep healing is the goal, one’s lifestyle can never be overlooked. Our daily habits and routines have an enormous impact on our overall health. We will take a deep dive into your sleep, stress, screen time, environment, exercise routine and more! Making positive lifestyle changes empowers you to take your health into your own hands, and that is some seriously powerful medicine.
Nutrition & Supplementation
A healthy, nutrient-dense diet is the foundation of any wellness plan. The foods that we eat have a profound effect on our physical and mental health. Together, we will dig deep into your food choices and identify any food sensitivities that may be at play. Although diet will always be the foundation, there may be times when supplementation is needed. Specific nutrients may be prescribed to treat deficiencies and/or support the body during times of increased demand.
Acupuncture & Cupping
Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing and is an essential component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very thin needles into various locations along the body. There are over 300 acupuncture points – the points that are selected for you will depend on your unique symptom picture. Acupuncture is shown to reduce pain, balance hormones, build collagen, regulate periods, support fertility, and much more.
Cupping is the use of small cups that produce suction when placed against the skin. The suction increases blood circulation in the area where the cup has been placed. It can be very useful for tight and sore muscles by speeding healing and reducing tension.