Naturopathic Medicine

You deserve to feel your absolute best

Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic model of medicine, which means that it takes the whole person into account when assessing and treating.  When you work with a naturopath, you will look at all areas of your life to determine exactly what is contributing to your health concern.  We believe that it’s very important to understand why any health issue has arisen and that we need to address the cause as a major part of treatment alongside providing symptomatic relief.

Conditions Commonly Treated

Naturopathic Doctors prevail at treating chronic, yellow-flag conditions.  Persistent and bothersome symptoms are what bring many patients in to see a naturopath.  We are cooperative with all medical practitioners, who may be part of your health-care team.

Digestive Concerns

  • Indigestion
  • GERD
  • Constipation
  • IBS/IBD

Immune Health

  • Allergies
  • Cold+Flu
  • Autoimmune conditions

Hormonal Health

  • PMS
  • Thyroid concerns
  • Infertility
  • Menopause

Cardiovascular Health

  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Musculoskeletal Health

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Skin Health

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema

Mental Health

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • ADHD

General HealthEm

  • Low Energy
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Stress Management

Our Services

At The Spark Institute, the modalities described below are the most commonly used.  A typical treatment
plan will include aspects of several (if not all) of the different modalities listed and described below.

Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicines are herbs that are used for medicinal purposes.  Botanicals can be taken orally in the form of tea (loose leaves) or as a tincture (which is a concentrated liquid where just the medicinal components have been extracted).  They can also be applied topically for skin conditions and even inhaled through steam.  Many pharmaceutical drugs are formulated from various compounds found in plants but with herbal medicine we include the whole plant, rather than only its component parts.

Nutrition

Nutrition plays a huge role in health and there are many instances where just making small changes to your diet can have a major impact on your overall health.  With your naturopath you will examine the way you are eating, learn about the nutrients you need and what functions they perform and you will optimize your general meal plan gradually so that the plan is sustainable long term.

Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular Medicine is the practice of using very high doses of micro and macronutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) to achieve a pharmacological effect.  The medicines are taken in much higher doses than would be required for bodily functions because at these doses they have effects beyond their usual role in body function.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an element of both Chinese Medicine (has been used here for thousands of years) and more recently Western Medicine (only within the past several decades) and involves the insertion of very tiny needles into specific points on the body.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is an energetic medicine and acupuncture involves regulating various energetic substances to achieve a particular result.  Western acupuncture uses the exact same points but involves affecting neural structures to achieve a result.  At The Spark Institute we use elements of both TCM and Western Medicine approaches to acupuncture.

Lifestyle Counselling

Lifestyle counselling includes making changes to various aspects of your life that have a major impact on your health such as sleep, exercise, stress management, alcohol/drug use, etc.  Many illnesses are either rooted in factors such as these being disturbed or are exacerbated by these factors being disturbed.  Lifestyle modifications are made at a pace that is feasible for each individual so that longevity of the changes is promoted,

Most extended health plans cover naturopathic medicine!