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Naturopathic Medicine

We don’t simply prescribe pills to suppress symptoms. Naturopathic Doctors know that symptoms appear when the body is trying to correct imbalances caused by poor nutrition, improper rest, toxic burden, poor stress management, infections and other lifestyle factors. Our focus is therefore on determining and eliminating the underlying causes of a person’s health problem, so that the body is able to heal itself.

Functional Medicine

Our Naturopathic Doctors employ the principles of Functional Medicine and testing to determine these imbalances. Functional Medicine is a science-based field of health care that considers the complex interaction of patient history, genetics, biochemical individuality, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness.

Specialised testing is often utilized to help gain a greater understanding of a person’s unique health situation.

Clinical nutrition

The food you eat can be the safest form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison. Proper nutrition is the cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine, and dietary plans are personalized and may involve nutrient supplementation depending on the individual.

Botanical medicine

Nature has provided us with some of the most powerful medicines…plants. Botanical medicine is the application of plant constituents and herbs for the purpose of helping the body handle stress, reduce inflammation, eradicate infection and end fatigue.

Testing and treatments for underlying causes of diseases and conditions in Halifax NS

Fertility Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture have been used for more than 5000 years to treat issues of female and male fertility and reproductive health.

Acupuncture and herbs help to nourish, support and strengthen Qi and vital fluids (including blood), as well as the internal organs. Using these natural fertility techniques, the possibility of conception is optimized. Recent clinical studies have demonstrated the power of this traditional medical system along with IVF fertility treatments.

TCM and acupuncture can help regulate hormones, improve blood and lymph circulation, regulate menses, assist with ovulation, regulate neurotransmitters, and reduce pain and stress, and more.

Facial REjunivation Acupunture

Our acupuncturists are also specially trained in facial rejuvenation, an alternative to Botox to help improve the collagen and appearance of the skin.

Also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture, it is a painless, non-surgical procedure that is effective in reducing the signs of aging. Hair-thin acupuncture needles are inserted in specific locations on the face, ears, neck, hands and feet based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

After treatment a patient may notice some or all of the following:

• increased muscle tone and dermal contraction
• increased collagen production and its dispersal
• reduced bags under the eyes, and less tendency to sagging and jowls
• no puffiness
• no fine lines or frown lines, and less larger wrinkles
• controlled acne
• softer and tighter skin due to the increased circulation of blood and lymph to the face
• a radiant glow with more even colour
• a reduced double chin
• lifted eyelids that were once droopy
• a more relaxed and refreshed expression and beauty radiated from within

Nutritional IV Therapy & Vitamin Injections

Intravenous (I.V.) therapy is a very efficient and safe method of delivering vitamins and minerals, because they are directly absorbed into the bloodstream and by-pass the gastro-intestinal tract and liver.

For individuals with compromised intestinal absorption (i.e. cancer, Crohn’s, IBS, ulcerative colitis, etc.), IV therapy offers enormous therapeutic value over oral administration. Patients report increased energy, and improved ability to fight colds and flus.

IV therapy is also beneficial in Lyme’s disease, Fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a very common nutrient deficiency that creates neurological complaints, depression and low energy. Injection of this vitamin into the muscle leads to rapid restoration of levels and improvement in all symptoms, whereas oral supplementation is sometimes ineffective.

Integrative Cancer Care

Carefully chosen naturopathic medicines are very effective in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, improving a person’s immune system and response to treatment, as well as enhancing and extending quality of life.

Amongst the most effective naturopathic treatments for supporting our patients with cancer, our Naturopathic Doctors are specially trained in High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C therapy (www.lemmo.com/cancer-care/intravenous-vitamin-c/) and Mistletoe therapy (www.helixor.com)

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of “manual medicine” that uses the hands to treat.

Assessing the patient, as a whole, an Osteopath synchronizes with the patient’s system and aims to feel how the body has deviated from its optimum state of balance. Within this compensational state is the blueprint, or path, that will enable the patient to shift from the current condition to a more neutral state of balance. The aim of treatment is to work with the body as an integrated whole, allowing a gentle unfolding and return of function. Typically one to two visits can begin to help shift compensational effects that have contributed to the patient’s current state of health, or ‘dis’ease.

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Counselling Therapy & Mindfulness Meditation

Clinical Social Worker, Jennifer van Kessel’s approach is guided by experience, empathy, and commitment to evidence based, best-practice standards. She is influenced by several models of therapy, including:

* Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
* Narrative Therapy
* Emotion Focussed Therapy For Individuals and Couples

She is committed to ongoing professional development and maintaining current standards of practice. She seeks learning opportunities, both formal and informal, on a continual basis as a part of her practice approach.

As a Clinical Social Worker, Jennifer is especially attuned to the importance of our relationships and roles with important others, families, communities, histories and identities. Social well-being is an important part of our overall well being.

As human beings, we shape and are shaped by our experiences with each other in many important ways. Sometimes our relationships can be confusing and difficult. But they also offer incredible sources of hope, resilience, health and joy.

Jennifer embraces values of equality, inclusion and diversity and practices from an anti-oppressive perspective.

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