A cancer diagnosis can be frightening. Some of the worst effects come not from the disease itself but from the treatments that are needed to help fight it. Conventional cancer treatment typically involves some combination of surgery and chemotherapy and can have many unwanted side effects such as pain, nausea, anxiety, neuropathy, and insomnia.
Naturopathic medicine, or naturopathy, is the modern expression of medical practices that have been around for thousands of years. The best way to understand it is as a kind of “bottom-up” health care where the focus is on prevention. Naturopathic physicians (NDs) begin their treatments with the foundational elements of a patient’s health: what they eat, their lifestyle, and how they manage stress. We know that if these elements are out of balance, disease is the result.
We prefer to use gentle interventions like botanical and energetic medicines (such as homeopathy) to address imbalances that remain after the foundational aspects of health have been corrected.
We are, however, also fully trained to use pharmaceutical medicines when they are called for and are able to order labs and imaging as needed. And we are comfortable making the appropriate referrals when necessary.