• Alternative Therapy:

    What is naturopathic care?

    Naturopathic care combines traditional natural therapies with the latest nutritional, botanical and health science. In the ideal setting, naturopathic physicians work cooperatively with medical oncologists and other medical specialists communicating directly with each patient’s health-care team to be certain that all providers are up-to-date and informed.

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    How natural medicine can benefit you:

    A natural medicine consultation can help in several ways depending on your condition and treatment. It can:

    • Help keep you as strong and healthy as possible during conventional oncology treatment
    • Support your body, including the immune system, in its fight against cancer
    • Help reduce the side effects of some conventional oncology treatments
    • Ensure that you avoid nutritional supple­ments that could interfere with your cancer treatment or worsen side effects
    • Help you develop a cancer-prevention plan after completion of treatment

    In addition to cancer, naturopathic medicine is also used to treat bloating, dyspepsia, diarrhea, constipation, diarrhea, bowel and urinary urgency, fatigue, aller­gies, weight loss, headaches, vaginal dryness, joint aches and pain, sleep disturbance, muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome and skin rashes, among others.

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    What to expect:

    Naturopathic treatments usually focus on a wide range of areas, including clinical nutrition (diet, vitamins, minerals, etc.), botanical medicines such as herbs, lifestyle adjustments, psychological support, mind-body therapies and more. Ideally each treatment plan should be unique and devel­oped with your specific needs in mind.

    If you are receiving conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, natural thera­pies offer the most promising benefits if they do not interfere with your other treatments. With this in mind, your naturopathic treatment plans and related activities should be coordinated directly with your medical oncologist and other members of your health-care team.

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