Naturopathic medicine treats a variety of acute and chronic health conditions by supporting the body’s natural healing abilities. It uses traditional and natural therapies considered to be safe and “natural.” These include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, prevention and lifestyle counselling, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, psychological counselling and physical medicine.
Naturopathic medicine looks at the overall function of the body and identifies the underlying cause of imbalances. It stresses preventing and treating the whole person. The result is a personalized treatment plan to enable each individual to achieve ideal health.
Dr. Cooper works on rebuilding the foundation for her patients’ health which provides the base for healing to happen. She uses a variety of natural approaches to treat a range of conditions, including:
Acute Health Conditions: colds, flu, ear infections, headaches
Hormone Imbalances: PMS, menopause, painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, and infertility
Chronic Health Conditions: migraines, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, skin conditions (eczema, acne, psoriasis), environmental sensitivities, insomnia, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety and depression
Gastrointestinal Issues: diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, stomach pain, dysbiosis, SIBO, candida, parasites
Pediatric conditions: ADD/ADHD, chronic ear infections, eczema
Dr. Cooper takes a holistic, non-invasive approach and designs an individual treatment plan for each patient. Treatment methods may include traditional Chinese medicine, counselling, massage therapy, and hormone balancing and prevention. These methods can address recurring symptoms that other medications do not fully treat, without the harsh side effects.
Burnout and Stress Management
Personalized Detoxification Programs
Hormone Balancing and Women’s Health
Hormone Testing and Balancing for Menopause, Menstrual Issues and Adrenal Fatigue (Burnout).
Hormone balance is important to physical well-being. An imbalance can cause conditions such as PMS, menopause, peri-menopause, endometriosis, fibroids, cervical dysplasia, ovarian cysts, PCOS, infertility, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, menstrual irregularities, fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.
We address hormone balance issues in both men and women. Hormone balance is restored by integrating hormone testing with the use of bio-identical hormones, botanical medicine, acupuncture and nutritional medicine.
Fertility, Pregnancy, Doula Services and Pre and Post-Natal Care
Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Counselling
Clinical nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and a healthy body. Food intolerances, deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses have been associated with many medical conditions. A naturopathic doctor is trained to understand the impact of diet on a patient’s health.
A clinical nutritionist creates an individualized diet plan for each patient. The plan may include specific dietary suggestions in order to treat a condition. It may also involve nutritional supplements (ie., vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants) based on a patient’s individual needs, deficiencies, conditions and concerns. Health concerns can be treated with few side effects through dietary modification and nutritional supplements.Food testing is used to diagnose food allergies or intolerances that cause symptoms such as aches and pains, acne, gastrointestinal issues, skin rashes or itching, irritable bowel syndrome, mood swings, and chronic fatigue.
There are various options for food testing, based on the patient’s needs:
Biofeedback testing – We use sensors which feed the frequency of different foods through the body and tests for responses and identify your top 5-10 food sensitivities.
IgG testing – We work with Rocky Mountain Analytical Laboratories to detect IgG antibodies to more than 200 different foods.
Lifestyle counselling identifies and addresses the impact that stress and life events have on an individual’s health. Naturopathic doctors are trained to counsel on diet, lifestyle, specific stressors, exercise, and occupational or environmental hazards as part of the naturopathic treatment program. The goal of counselling is to help patients modify attitudes, emotions, goals and behaviours.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is a form of medicine rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy. Imbalances in the body can result in a blockage of Qi (“chee”) energy along the energy pathways. The blockage results in chronic disease and pain. Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, single-use needles under the skin. This helps to balance the body’s energy and improve the circulation of Qi.
Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions, such as acute and chronic pain, migraines, immune deficiencies and digestive disorders. It can also be used for women’s health disorders, anxiety and insomnia.
Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, is an ancient holistic medical system that originated in China. It works by correcting imbalances in your body and normalizing the flow of energy to promote your body’s natural healing ability. TCM uses a variety of therapies including acupuncture, herbal remedies, diet and massage.
TCM treats acute and chronic illnesses such as asthma, allergies, headaches, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, lupus, diabetes and gynecological disorders. It is also used for prevention and to promote optimal health.
Homeopathy is based on the theory of treating like with like. Homeopathic remedies use highly diluted natural substances from plants, animals and minerals. These remedies match the symptoms of the condition. In diluted form, they act to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
Homeopaths also consider a patient’s physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors when recommending remedies. These medicines can be used on their own, or with any type of counselling or conventional medical treatment.
Patients use homeopathy to treat health issues and their root causes, and to ensure wellness and prevention. Homeopathy treats many conditions, including allergies, asthma, autism spectrum disorders, alcoholism, abuse, emotional issues, mental issues, physical issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, digestive disorders, ear infections, headaches, skin rashes and many more.
Spiritual Guidance and Counselling