How does Naturopathic Medicine work?
Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge
with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The founding principle of naturopathic care is to
stimulate the healing power of the body and address the underlying cause of disease.
In other words, as Naturopathic Doctors, our ultimate goal is to not only only find the source of a disease
process, but to cure the body of its imbalances resulting in prevention of further illness.
From your initial consultation Tansley Naturopathic, a personalized treatment plan will be
created with treatment options that integrate the following traditional therapies:
At Tansley Naturopathic, we are committed to providing you with the most comprehensive, and
effective health care possible.
Performing a variety of safe, non-invasive diagnostic tests is an important step that can reveals
trends in a person’s body that indicate the early stages of disease and injury. Our highly trained
specialists identify these warning signs early on, and with a clear picture of your total state of
health, we then work with you to select treatments that will restore your body’s natural healing
mechanisms, rather than simply masking the symptoms.
Here is a sample of the Diagnostic Testing offered at Tansley Naturopathic:
Adrenal Function Panel:
The Adrenal Function Panel measures saliva levels of the adrenal
hormones Cortisol and DHEA. These essential hormones control almost every function and
cycle in your body, so maintaining an appropriate balance is essential to good health.
Low cortisol levels are associated with disturbed sleep, fatigue, trouble concentrating, difficulty
waking, chronic allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities and depression. High cortisol levels are
associated with anxiety, bone loss, and disturbed sleep. An excess of cortisol over DHEA can
accelerate the breakdown of bone and muscle, which contributes to premature aging. Over time,
chronic stress can lead to decreased cortisol production and result in fatigue symptoms. Insulin
resistance, metabolic syndrome and difficulty losing weight may also be associated with an
imbalance in the adrenal hormone ratio of cortisol to DHEAs.
The Female Panel of five hormones may highlight imbalances that can
contribute to a number of different health conditions. Fatigue is one of the most common
complaints from female patients, and in many postmenopausal women, a hormone imbalance
may be the cause.
Low levels of estrogens or testosterone may contribute to:
- bone loss
- heart disease
- hot flashes
- sleep disturbances
- vaginal dryness
An imbalanced ration of estrogens to progesterone can also be a factor in a number of symptoms
such as anxiety, weight gain and breast cancer risk. Hormone imbalance may also be a feature of
The Male Panel of four essential hormones may highlight imbalances that can
contribute to different health conditions relating to men’s health. Low levels of testosterone
may contribute to a number of complaints such as:
- bone loss
- heart disease
- memory loss
- prostate enlargement
- sleep disturbances
High estrogens can arise from excess conversion of testosterone to estrogen, causing breast
enlargement and erectile dysfunction. Hormone imbalance may also be a feature of metabolic
Food Sensitivity Testing:
The immune system exists to defend the body against bacteria, viruses
and any other potentially harmful organisms. One of the ways it does this is by producing cells
called immunoglobulins, also called antibodies. There are five major immunoglobulins: IgA,
IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM. There is a growing body of evidence to support the clinical benefits of
eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet.
IgG food sensitivities have been implicated in a number of health complaints including:
- migraine headaches
- irritable bowel syndrome
- bloating and indigestion
- food sensitivity reactions
- weight gain
- difficulty losing weight
Since IgG food reactions may take hours or days to develop, it can be difficult to determine
which food is responsible for the reaction without doing sensitivity testing.
Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine:
This simple, non-invasive gastrointestinal test
detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, often referred to as BOSI or SIBO. Small
intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies
chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of poor digestion and malabsorption that result in bloating,
gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain. Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can inhibit nutrient
absorption and lead to the following serious health problems:
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)™:
- Altered intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
- Carbohydrate intolerance
- Malnutrition and weight loss
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
offers a comprehensive look at the
overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This non-invasive evaluation of gastrointestinal
function includes the analyses of digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, and yeast.Evidence
suggests that both local and systemic health issues may begin as imbalances in GI function.
CDSA provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the estimated 50% of all patients
seen by primary care practitioners who have GI complaints, such as including IBS or
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Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM):
Traditional Asian medicine (TAM) is an ancient form of medicine that has been practiced for
thousands of years.
According to TAM, illness is a disruption of energy flow known as Qi (pronounced “chi”)
through the body. By selecting and needling specific locations based on a patient’s constitution
and symptom picture, we can help to regulate the flow of qi and bring the body back into
balance. Using herbs, acupuncture, cupping, diet and lifestyle modifications, TAM helps patients
improve their health, energy and vitality.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proven to be
effective for treating 28 conditions, while studies indicate it may have therapeutic value for many
Research shows acupuncture is beneficial in treating conditions such as:
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- Low back pain
- Arthritis (specifically osteoarthritis)
- Menstrual Concerns
Nutrition and Supplementation - “You are what you eat”:
Food is what our bodies use as fuel to build, repair and function at its best. By avoiding
processed foods, limiting food sensitivities, and choosing wholesome and natural fare we can
prevent many of the conditions that stem from a diet that falls short in essential nutrients. In
addition to providing nutritional counseling, we prescribe vitamin and mineral supplementation
to replenish nutrient deficiencies caused by malabsorption, increased nutrient requirements or
Depletion of essential nutrients often results from the long term use of medications. According
to Statistics Canada (2011), 25% of adults over 65 suffer from 4 or more chronic conditions. It is
common for older adults to be on multiple prescription medications which can leave the body
feeling run down and depleted. At Tansley Naturopathic, we are familiar with the common
nutritional side effects of medications. We’ll help you increase your intake in proper therapeutic
dosages to prevent deficiency, improve efficacy of your pharmaceutical medication and improve
your overall picture of health.
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As a long-standing tradition of many medicines around the world, botanical medicine is a
powerful naturopathic modality. Using herbs in the form of teas, tinctures, decoctions we can
help nourish, support, and heal the body. Unlike many prescription medicines which are potent
concentrations of a single compound with many side effects, botanical medicine safely harnesses
the natural power of herbs using the synergy of plant combinations. As specialists in botanical medicine, we can: assess possible herb drug interactions; avoid toxic effects and heal without
unnecessary harm or unpleasant side effects.
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Homeopathy is a system for treating disease with minute doses of a remedy that fits with a
patient’s individual symptom picture and state of being. Remedies can be derived from plant,
animal or mineral substances diluted to nontoxic, therapeutic doses that help to stimulate the
body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Homeopathy is especially suitable for children, seniors and
patients with a weaker constitution because of its safe and non-toxic nature.
Although gentle, Homeopathy is a powerful medicine that is used by many Naturopathic doctors
to treat acute and chronic conditions, to effect changes at a deeper level and address the root
cause of a person’s disease.
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Physical medicine involves the careful assessment and restoration of the body’s structural
tissues. A treatment may involve manipulation, massage or other therapy to repair joint, skeletal
and soft tissue damage. Physical medicine is a soothing and effective treatment modality for
conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, muscle strain, and activity based injuries. Over the
course of 3 to 6 sessions, we promote the healing process with education on self-care, nutrition,
stretching and exercises.
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Lifestyle and Psychological Counselling:
In addition to physical health, our mental attitude and emotional health play a large role in our
overall wellbeing. When our mental and emotional needs are addressed it becomes much easier
to develop the healthy habits and lifestyle that support our physical welfare, and stick with them
through times of stress or transition. Tansley Naturopathic incorporates counselling techniques in
conjunction with other naturopathic therapies to support and treat anxiety, depression, fatigue,
relationship issues and chronic health problems.
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As a complementary therapy to conventional medicine, we are trained in basic pharmacology
and are familiar with the mechanism of action, adverse effects and interactions of most common
pharmaceutical medications prescribed by your physician. We work carefully with our patients to
create a treatment plan that protects against drug-herb interactions, nutrient depletions and the
side effects of long-term prescriptions. Please remember to bring all prescription, over the
counter, and natural medications to your appointments. We want to ensure you safety comes