Meet our naturopathic doctor, Sara Jefferson
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathic Medicine is based on six founding principles that guide your treatment:
- The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
- First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
- Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
- Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
During the consultation, our Naturopath Dr. Jamieson will take a thorough history of your symptoms, take your medical history, do a physical exam if indicated, assess your case with a medical diagnosis and then formulate a personalized treatment. Treatment can be anything from vitamins and neutraceuticals, nutritional counseling, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathy or counseling.
Naturopathic Medicine Excels at Treating
- Food sensitivities
- Nutritional Imbalances
- Immune Support
- Adrenal Support
- Anxiety and Depression
- Sleeping Difficulties
- Digestive Issues
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What is Homeopathy?
Derived from the Greek word “homeos” meaning “like”, and “pathy” means “suffering”. Homeopathy is a medical practice of treating like with like.
That is, treating an illness with a substance that produces the same symptoms as those displayed by the person who is ill. Current medical opinion takes the view that the symptoms are a direct manifestation of the illness. Homeopathy by contract, sees the illness as it attempts to overcome it, and seeks to stimulate and not suppress this reaction.
Homeopathy is essentially a natural healing process, providing remedies to assist the patient regain health by stimulating the body’s natural force of recovery. It concentrates on treating the patient, rather than the disease.
One of the principles of homeopathy is that people vary in their response to an illness according to their basic temperament. Hence, a homeopath does not automatically prescibe a specific remedy for a specific illness. Instead he tries to determine the patient’s temperament and responses and so prescribe on a more individual basis. Patients suffering from the same diseases often require different remedies. Likewise, patients with different diseases may all benefit from the same remedy.
How Homeopathy Began
Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the great German Physician, scholar and chemist in the late 18th and early 19th century, was the founder of homeopathy. Appalled by the existing medical practices which he believed often did more harm than good, Hahnemann sought a method which would be safe, gentle and effective. He believed that human beings have a capacity for healing themselves and that the symptoms of disease refelect the individual’s struggle to overcome his illness. Thus the homeopath’s task must be to discover and, if possible, remove the cause of the trouble and to stimulate the body’s natural healing power.
In his experiment, Hahnemann found that remedies obtained from animal. Vegetable, mineral and, more rarely, biological materials were effective in extreme dilution. This was especially apparent in the case of poisons, which often produced symptoms similar to those of certain illness and which, in very dilute does, suggested themselves as remedies on the “like cures like” principle. Over a long period Hahnemann and his followers took small doses of various reputedly poisonous substances carefully noting the symptoms they produced. There were called “provings” subsequently patients suffering from similar symptoms were treated with these substances.
The results were usually encouraging and often remarkable.
Hahnemann then worked to establish the smallest effective dose for he realized that this was the best way to avoid side effects. In so doing, he also found that the more the remedy was diluted the more effective it became. By close observation and careful experiment, he established the three principles of homeopath:
1. A medicine which in large doses produces the symptoms of a disease will in small doses cure that disease
2. By extreme dilution, the medicine’s curative properties are enhanced, and all the poisonous or undesirable side effects are lost.
3. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed individually by the study of the whole person,
according to basic temperament and responses.
Homeopathic medicines are:
* Widely recognized as a safe and effective alternative to conventional medicine.
* In general use throughout the world.
* Prepared to impeccable modern standards of quality from pure, natural sources.
* Completely safe, even for babies and children.
* Pleasant, sweet tasting.
* Curative, often (although not always) after an initial period of Healing Crisis.
Homeopathy for Children
It is in the treatment of infants and children that the efficacy and safety of a homeopathic medicine manifests itself most fully. With the correct medicine the response is usually rapid and most effective. There is a mandatory warning on all medicines to keep them out of reach of children, which should always be observed. However, it is reassuring that even if a child is given an incorrect dosage, he or she will experience no harmful effects, nor any unwanted side effects during treatment. Homeopathic medicines not only act on a specific disease but on the overall personality of a person, hence it treats children who are very stubborn, irritable, cross, morose, cranky etc., and it also helps to build their resistance power.
Homeopathy for Women
During pregnancy when all other medicines are to be avoided, homeopathic remedies can still be given. It is particularly effective for morning sickness and also aids normal delivery without complications. Menstrual disorders, ovarian tumors, uterine fibroids, cysts and polyps, menopausal syndrome, disease of breast and lactation, irritability, depression, infertility, and other symptoms can all be effectively treated with homeopathy.
Homeopathy for Families
Homeopathy should be the first method of treatment for the whole family because it is effective, harmless, free of side effects, and safer than conventional drugs. Hippocrates, the father of medicine wrote as advice to physicians, “first do no harm”. This implores all to consider safe healing methods first before resorting to potentially harmful drugs.