4100 Upper Middle Rd.
Burlington, ON

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.

Female Panel: 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:
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 metabolic syndrome.

Male Panel: 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: 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 syndrome.

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: 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)™: 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 constipation. Go to top

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 more.

Research shows acupuncture is beneficial in treating conditions such as: Go to top

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.

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. Go to top

Botanical Medicine:

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. Go to top


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. Go to top

Physical medicine:

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. Go to top

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. Go to top


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 first!