What is Naturopathic Medicine?

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. NDs seek to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease, rather than simply palliate symptoms. 

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 in of itself. 

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors.

In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, 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.

 

What is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

Naturopathic Physicians, or NDs, are intensively trained as primary care physicians and can perform physical exams, Pap smears, diagnostic laboratory tests and imaging studies familiar to all types of family physicians and general practitioners. Naturopathic physicians are also trained in when and how to refer to specialists and for urgent care. They have been licensed in British Columbia for nearly 70 years.

 

What are the similarities and differences between a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a conventional Medical Doctor (MD)?

 

An ND is trained in both the many methods of treatment commonly referred to as "alternative medicine", as well as in conventional western medical diagnosis and treatment. 

When you see an ND, your treatment will likely include one or all of the following: Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, Nutritional & Lifestyle Counselling, Naturopathic Manipulation or Bodywork (such as the Bowen Technique), and Energetic Therapies which enable the body and mind to be rebalanced (such as the Neuroemotional Technique (NET), the Neuromodulatory Technique (NMT), and Homeopathy). 

However, NDs are also trained to be able to perform, when appropriate, the same diagnosis and treatment offered by a conventional doctor, including Differential Diagnosis, Radiology,  Complete Physical Examination, and even Pharmaceuticals (drug therapies). NDs also receive specific targeted training in particular conventional specialty fields, such as Cardiology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, or Pediatrics. 

You and the ND work together to determine the best possible treatments available - the best of the alternative and conventional medical worlds. 

In fact, NDs have recently been granted pharamaceutical prescribing rights in BC. Although I personally seek to treat every patient through purely natural, non-suppressive methods, and have rarely met one for whom pharmaceuticals were, in my humble opinion, the ideal treatment option, I prefer not to be dogmatic about any treatment philosophy such that I can remain open to the individual needs of each patient.   

 

What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH)? 

Naturopathic Doctors receive generalized, balanced training in all disciplines of alternative medicine. They are required to take the same premedical (typically 4-year) degree as conventional doctors, then an 4-years at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School. They are primary care physicians using a variety of therapies and modalities according to each patient's need. Homeopaths receive specialized training in this particular alternative treatment method. The CCH is typically attained at the end of 4-years of training as well, without any undergraduate training required, as Homeopathy is currently considered an unlicensed profession in BC.

However, an ND may also attain a CCH as a post-graduate Homeopathic designation in order to offer the best of both worlds, and to be able to provide expert Homeopathic care on top of whatever other appropriately selected naturopathic and conventional treatment options are deemed necessary.   

In BC, as well as many other provinces and US states, Naturopathic Medicine is regulated in the same manner as MDs, nurses, chiropractors and other health professionals. At present, Homeopathy is not a licenced or regulated health profession in BC. In one sense, only NDs are licenced to practice homeopathy. 

A homeopath would typically only prescribe a homeopathic medicine. An ND may use botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, energetic therapies, or any combination to treat a patient.

 

What is Homeopathy? 

Homeopathy is one of the Naturopathic medical therapies which NDs have under their scope of treatment.

It has at it's core a deep respect for the body's ability to heal, as well as for the unique, holistic individuality of every patient.

It can also, in the hands of a trained, dedicated professional, be incredibly powerful - even life-altering -  yet being completely free of toxic or allergic side effects. 

From thousands of possible homeopathic remedies which a Naturopathic Doctor (particularly one with additional homeopathic training [CCH]) may stock, he must select the one most appropriate for you as an entire individual.

Because the treatment is so specific to everything about you, rather than simply being based on your diagnosis, the risk of side effects is eliminated, and the improvements in both your condition and your overall state of health are often both very pronounced, as well as permanent! 

Homeopathy is a truly comprehensive form of medicine, and can be used for any condition.

Please refer to my testimonials for the wide range of conditions that have been very successfully treated, or even cured completely, under my treatment - a treatment style which, while encompassing all Naturopathic modalities in it's scope, has Homeopathy - the most curative therapy I have encountered to date - at it's core.

Also, please note that the information above refers to classical homeopathy, in which a single remedy that is best matched on all levels with you as an individual is selected by a trained professional with a specialized focus in homeopathy. Combination homeopathics, which are often sold in health food stores and intended to be used  for specific conditions in a "cookbook" fashion, typically produce relatively slow, superficial, and temporary results relative to deeply curative classical homeopathic treatment. 

Naturopathic Medicine & Homeopathy Testimonials

It's like a miracle! All my muscle pain adn spasms have disappeared since your treatment, and I don't constantly feel tired or worn down anymore either.

L.S., New Westminster, BC

I just wanted to send you a big huge thank you!!

That cream is wonderful!

i put it on last night and this morning and my fingers feel great!

I have given my sister some of the cream that you gave me for my nephew and we think that it is helping and in fact their naturopath wants them to use it exclusively!

Julie V., North Vancouver (Delbrook), BC

I was suicidally depressed, and had really bad sinus, head and joint pain when I came to see Andy. His homeopathic remedy and naturopathic treatment turned my life around within weeks and - more than 5 years later - I'm doing better than ever!

M.C., Vancouver (Kerrisdale), BC

The pain in my abdomen, hips, pelvis, back and intestines were there before pregnancy, but they all became 100 times worse during.

The pain was with me constantly, and just got worse as the pregnancy wore on.

Your bowen therapy was a lifesaver.

The pain was at a 9 or 10 out of 10 before the first session, but went down to a 5 or less afterwards.

With every bowen treatment, and your homeopathic remedies and emotional technique as well, the pain decreased more.

I can't say that the birth was completely pain-free, but it was way better than my first, and I'm certain I would've needed heavy-duty drugs if not for the bowen therapy.

C.P., Vancouver (Marpole), BC & Little Rock, Arkansas

I have been so fortunate to be one of Dr. Somody's patients and have to say that he is one of the most competent people I know.

I had painful stiffness, swelling, and arthritic pain in my hand joints.

And then it changed, and went to my tendons.

I would get throbbing pain in my fingers at night, I couldn't bend my fingers or work properly.

I also would get these little knobs or growths on the joints.

The joints would get really inflammed and red.

Some doctors once told me it was gout or a type of arthritis related to psoriasis.

I also had psoriasis that caused painful cracking and flaking skin on my hands.

Dr. Somody's homeopathic remedy and other naturopathic approaches made all these much better.

For instance after the first few days I could already notice the joints were less swollen and painful.

After a couple of months the joints, skin and tendons were at least 50% better.

They just kept getting better over the next few months and other than a rare flare-up I don't have these things any more.

I haven't had to see Dr. Somody or any other doctor again in years and I consider myself cured.

If it wasn't for him I would probably still be suffering from these problems or even unable to work.

 

Alex, North Vancouver, BC

 

More Testimonials

My moods aren't nearly so volatile now and I don't get the sudden spinning attacks of vertigo since Dr. Andy's homeopathic treatment.

The biofeedback has helped cure my hormonal problems, which has allowed me to conceive finally after years of trying!

The pain in my temples and big toe also went away after the Bowen therapy sessions.

G.M., Abbotsford, BC

I have had chronic neck pain for over twenty years which improved significantly as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

Similarly, my daughter has had lower back pain for many years, which had dramatic improvement as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

She had low back soreness often, especially at night or when she was resting.

That disappeared very quickly as a result of the first Bowen therapy session.

This shift seemed to stick, too - she hasn't needed any more treatment in almost a year, and now barely even mentions her back.

Her stomach pain - it seemed that she had a low-level of parasites that were really good at hiding from her immune system.

Something about the treatment - the mind-body connection, perhaps, or the homeopathics, Bowen [therapy] sessions, dietary counselling, or something else - all I know is that she doesn't even mention her stomach now, and hasn't since the first session.

It's more difficult to judge the effect of the treatment on her anaphylactic allergies, as we've been trying to avoid her biggest anaphylactic triggers.

However, whatever the reason, she hasn't any anaphylatic attacks in the year since she began Dr. Somody's treatment.

Her dyslexia's also dramatically improved to where it could be considered cured, or at least so small that it barely interferes with her life.

Dr. Somody has been both professional and respectful in his care of both my daughter and myself.

I have great regard for Dr. Somody, and for the health results he has achieved in attending to both myself and my daughter.

Catherine Matthews, West Vancouver, BC

My MS had gotten almost uncontrollable before I saw Andy. I was losing control of my body - my muscles, balance, and even my bladder.

And when my body wasn't failing me, I was in excruciating pain from the muscle spasms.

Dr. Somody's homeopathic remedy and biofeedback have helped me regain a huge amount of control over my body.

And the Bowen Technique that he uses helped my muscle spasticity and paralysis.

All my symptoms have decreased by more than 80%.

If everything keeps getting better at this rate, I'll be totally cured in a few weeks!

Gail, Chilliwack, BC

For most of my life, I felt as though I couldn't breathe - there was so much mucus and congestion in my lungs and nose.

I was sick a lot too, in my lungs and nose, plus infections in my bladder. 

But I would also get this same congested feeling when I would get panic attacks.

Andy's homeopathic remedy, bowen treatment, and neuroemotional exercises let me get to the source of my sickness and cure it.

Now I only rarely get sick or panicky.

And I always seem to get over it pretty quickly when it does come.

The change in my mood is like night and day too.

Carol K., Burnaby, BC

My 100 year old aunt suffered a bout of shingles after which she had severe neuralgic pain in her left arm and around her torso. The pain was so bad that even her clothing couldn't be tolerated.

Dr. Andy conducted a thorough interview and prescribed a wonderful remedy especially for her.

Within days the pain was forgotten by her body and mind and has never returned. 

Margaret Ball, Vancouver (Kitsilano), BC

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