NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition"
-Thomas Edison

Naturopathic Medicine

Integrative, functional & holistic healthcare.
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Twist Performance & Wellness is proud to work with Naturopathic Doctors whose approach is science and evidence-informed, integrating the cutting-edge level of care you expect from our organization. Merging the current, evidence-based literature of modern medicine with traditional medical therapies and philosophies from around the world, our Naturopathic Doctors develop customized treatment recommendations and provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions about available treatments for your health concerns and goals. The result is a truly integrative and individualized approach, blending the best of conventional medicine with the most proven complimentary and alternative medical options.
Free 15 min Meet & Greet
The healing journey is one that requires a guide with whom you feel comfortable discussing any and all issues with, and in whom you have trust and confidence. And there is great diversity amongst Naturopathic Doctors in terms of focus in practice and expertise. For this reason, our NDs offer a free, 15-minute introductory meet and greet session. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure that a beneficial therapeutic relationship can be built between doctor and patient.

The session allows for you to ensure your comfort with your potential practitioner, learn about what their philosophies and modalities of treatment can do for you, and what direction your healing journey might take you. It provides an opportunity and forum for you to pose any questions you may have.
Primary Care
Naturopathic Doctors in British Columbia are licensed primary care physicians and are trained to identify and treat overt disease and dysfunction and refer out when it is appropriate, just like your typical MD/GP. Naturopathic Doctors at Twist Performance and Wellness also carry board certification in Pharmacy, meaning they can also prescribe most pharmaceutical interventions if and when necessary and appropriate.  

Naturopathic Medicine is a primary care system of health care that integrates the art and science of medicine into a practice that respects the innate ability of the human body to heal and repair itself given the appropriate conditions. Using traditional and natural forms of medicine to treat a wide spectrum of health concerns, the focus of the naturopathic philosophy is to uncover the fundamental cause of a disease, dysfunction, or symptom; bring the body into balance, support its ability to heal, and sustain the conditions required for optimal health to thrive in.

Therapies, or modalities, which Naturopathic Doctors may use, can include, but are not limited to: clinical nutrition, physical medicine, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, stress management and counseling techniques, botanical and herbal medicines, and homeopathy. The patient is treated as a whole person within a dynamic environment – the understanding is that the person is treated, not the symptom. These therapies can be used to restore health and prevent disease exclusively, or they may be used to complement other forms of medicine, or used in combination.

The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine

First, Do no Harm
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use the most minimally invasive therapies with few to no side effects in order to restore optimal health. Therapeutic actions are aimed at complementing the body’s ability to heal, rather than suppressing symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of the disease or dysfunction.

The Healing Power of Nature
The role of the Naturopathic Doctor is to respect and facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself by identifying and removing obstacles to cure, then, to support and nurture the maintenance of optimal health.

Identify and Treat the Cause
The idea behind a Naturopathic Doctor’s process is to continually be asking “why” symptoms are present, and elucidate the web-like interaction of the various inputs (physical, biochemical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, chemical, social, etc.) and how they conspire to produce the symptom picture of the patient.

Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic Medicine always puts symptoms, diseases, and dysfunctions into context with regards to the whole person, and the environment that they exist in.

Doctor as Teacher
The word “doctor” is derived from the Latin “docere” – to teach. The ultimate goal of a Naturopathic Doctor is to empower his patients to take responsibility for their own health process.

Training
Licensed Naturopathic Doctors in British Columbia, Canada, have graduated from one of six accredited colleges in Canada and the United States, and undergo the following training:

• Minimum of 3 years pre-medical studies;
• 4 years study at an accredited naturopathic college;
• Over 1500 hours supervised clinical experience;
• 2 sets of licensing board exams;
• Ongoing continuing education.

In British Columbia, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC).
College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia
What to Expect at Your Visit

Initial Visit (60mins)
An in-depth review of your health concerns and goals, applicable physical exam and naturopathic assessment. Following this consultation, your naturopathic doctor will review and research your case in order to develop a personalized wellness plan before your second visit.

• Please plan to arrive 10mins early, and/or download and complete intake forms prior to your visit;
• Laboratory and/or diagnostic testing may be required to acquire accurate and specific information about your health condition.

Second Visit (45mins)
Options will be discussed for naturopathic care, specifically tailored to you. It is our doctors’ goal to always ensure you feel involved in, and empowered to make informed and educated healthcare decisions.

Follow-Up Visits (45mins)
Follow-up visits are scheduled to monitor your progress, and, if necessary, to refine and expand your plan of care. Some treatment protocols may involve more regular visits for in-clinic treatments initially. As you regain a sense of vitality, visits will focus on health maintenance and the sustenance of healthy processes through the development of a personalized prevention plan.

The frequency of visits will depend on the pace of your progress, the type of therapies you undergo, and the amount of support you require to implement your plan.

Homework
You may be provided with tips, tricks and tools to implement outside the office on a daily and/or ongoing basis, that will complement and help to sustain any specific therapeutic modalities.
Treatment programs may vary in time, timing and commitment depending on each individual situation. Your ND is always willing to openly discuss your ongoing care. After initial health concerns are addressed, it is recommended to visit your Naturopathic Doctor on a maintenance-bases every 4-6 months.
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Based on your needs, our team of Holistic Nutritionists may also incorporate elements of Chinese medicine, homeopathy, orthomolecular medicine (supplementation) and herbal therapies to restore health and help you achieve peak performance. 

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