Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is an approach to health care that merges ancient traditional healing methods with modern scientific medical knowledge. It can complement conventional medical treatments or be used effectively on its own.

A Naturopath will use natural substances and modalities that act in harmony with the body’s self-healing ability. The emphasis is on building optimal health. We recognize that all aspects of health are intricately related – physiological, structural, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental. We will work with you on all these levels to identify and address the underlying cause of your health concern and to suggest appropriate interventions to help maintain optimal wellness.

This approach to health is a rewarding journey of self-exploration that requires the joint effort of both Naturopath and patient. Patients are empowered to take responsibility for their own health while receiving guidance from their Naturopath along the way.

We promise to take the time to listen to you, understand you as a whole person, and create individualized naturopathic plans that work for you.

As holistic health providers, we offer supportive and complimentary therapies that aim to restore balance and encourage your body’s natural ability to heal. Whereas we offer naturopathic evaluations, we do not claim to offer medical diagnosis or treatment.

How can naturopathy benefit you?

Naturopathy in Quebec does not replace conventional medicine, but can be a complement to one’s health care with the ultimate goal of helping you along your path to optimal wellness.  Some of the more common health concerns that lead people to seek out naturopathic care include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fatigue and chronic lack of energy
  • Digestive difficulties and intestinal discomforts
  • Pain and inflammation (arthritis, fibromyalgia)
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep issues
  • Weight loss
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Women’s health challenges such as menstrual irregularities, PMS, fibroids and menopause
  • Difficulties with fertility for both men and woman
  • Memory, focus and concentration
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
  • Allergies and food intolerances
  • Autoimmune
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Detoxification
  • Low libido and erectile difficulties
  • Health optimization

What to expect during a visit

Congratulations on taking this step on your path to wellness.

Before you meet the Naturopath, we ask you to first download the appropriate questionnaire – Adult New Patient Intake or Pediatric New Patient Intake – and bring the completed form with you to your visit.

The initial consultation lasts an hour and a half to two hours and includes a full assessment of your health. The time is necessary to establish a detailed understanding of the various aspects of your life that may be affecting your health. Follow-up visits are 30mins to an hour and allow for careful monitoring of ongoing naturopathic plans.

Visits are covered by most extended health care programs. Check with your insurance provider to determine the amount that is covered by your policy. Payment options include cash, personal cheques, Debit, VISA and Master Card. Please click fees for further details.

Naturopathic Therapies

Our naturopathic practice at the Harmony Health Centre includes, but is not limited to:

Nutrition

“Food is the best medicine.”
For optimal wellness, it is integral to ensure that the body has the necessary building blocks. We will help you find the nutritional approach that is ideal for you and your needs. We also want to ensure that you are fully able to absorb all the nourishment your food has to offer. This may involve identifying possible food sensitivities and other digestive imbalances.
Holistic nutrition is about changing the way you approach eating for the long-term. We use whole foods and nutritional supplements to address deficiencies, assist the body in eliminating toxins, and stimulate healing.

Botanical Medicine

The use of plants as medicine is as old as the history of medicine. We use whole plant botanicals, including herbal teas, tinctures and capsules, as vital elements to support the whole person. Herbal medicine has been proven safe and effective by scientific and clinical research.

Counselling

How we perceive ourselves and the world around us can have a significant influence on our health. Belief systems and emotional blocks as well as daily stress can lead to physical and physiological symptoms and eventually to illness. Some of the tools we use include stress management, visualization, meditation and breathing techniques to optimize healing. We encourage you to get beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like cures like.” We use it to work on a subtle yet powerful energetic level, using minute amounts of a substance, and gently acting to strengthen the body.

Hydrotherapy

In ‘water healing’, we uses Earth’s most essential resource, and its various temperature gradients, to promote health and strengthen and balance the neurological, hormonal, immune and cardiovascular systems.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

As naturopaths, we use several ancient systems of medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine that harmonizes the flow of energy (Qi) in the body. It includes the use of Chinese botanicals and the energetics of food.

Physical Medicines

Physical medicines are hands-on techniques using soft tissue work to provide support for healing.

Naturopathic Training

The Naturopaths at the Harmony Health Centre have undergone fully accredited programs and are licensed through one of the Canadian regulated jurisdictions. Naturopathic Doctors are licensed in several Canadian provinces as well as many American states. In order to become a Naturopathic Doctor, one must undergo a minimum of three years of pre-medical studies at university, followed by a four year full-time study in an accredited naturopathic school.

This program encompasses over 4,500 hours of training in the basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics and includes 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. The program leads to licensure as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) after passing the North American Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations (NPLEX).

It is important to distinguish licensed Naturopaths from those who have completed no more than a short-term course, especially in unlicensed provinces such as Quebec, where Naturopathic Medicine is not yet regulated.

Ongoing continuing education and immersion in various healing modalities after graduation is also necessary in order to remain on top of new advances and research in the field.

The four-year program includes courses in:

Medical Sciences

      • Anatomy
      • Physiology
      • Biochemistry
      • Pathology
      • Microbiology
      • Immunology
      • Histology
      • Laboratory Diagnosis
      • Differential Diagnosis
      • Physical and Clinical Diagnosis
      • Pharmacology
      • Radiology
      • Minor Surgery
      • Pediatrics
      • Orthopedics
      • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Naturopathic Therapies

      • Homeopathy
      • Clinical Nutrition
      • Botanical Medicine
      • Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
      • Counseling and lifestyle counseling
      • Hydrotherapy
      • Massage Therapy
      • Naturopathic Manipulation

The above describes the full Naturopathic training but note that certain practices cannot be performed by a Naturopath in Quebec as it is an unregulated province.

Practitioners offering Naturopathic Medicine

Orna Villazan BSc, ND

Ilana Block BSc, ND