What We Do

Acupuncture
Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA)
Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
Bowen Therapy
Cosmetic/Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Food Sensitivity/Allergy Testing
Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA)
Healthy and Active/Weight Loss Program
Homeopathic Medicine
Ionic Foot Detox Baths/Foot Ion Cleanse
Iridology
Laboratory Testing
Lifestyle Counselling
Live and Dried Blood Cell Analysis
Neuromodulation Technique (NMT)
Nutritional Counselling
Saliva Hormone Testing

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is a popular healing method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been in existence for more than 2500 years. This technique was first developed in China and it involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body along channels (or meridians).

Acupuncture is based on the TCM theory that a person’s vital life energy or force, also known as Qi (Chi), travels throughout your body along channels or meridians. Qi energy is composed of two opposing forces – yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, everything is in harmony, and Qi flows smoothly. However, when there is an imbalance of yin and yang, the flow of Qi is disrupted and illness/pain results. Acupuncture works by rebalancing this disrupted energy flow. The channels are also connected to internal organs. Therefore, stimulating specific acupuncture points will have an effect on the functioning of these specific organs.

Acupuncture has been shown to increase nerve activity, cause blood flow changes, and release hormones and pain-relieving substances, such as endorphins. When endorphins are released, they can produce an amelioration of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems.

Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA)

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Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), is a widely-accepted method of measuring the ratio of body fat against lean muscle mass due to its simplicity, speed and noninvasive nature. A BIA test helps to determine a realistic measure relating to your picture of health and well-being, and may help in planning goals for weight management or in achieving a better body balance for health improvement and prevention of illness.

BIA gives valuable information about cellular health, metabolism, toxicity, water balance, acidity and inflammation. The results of the test can be used to help create naturopathic, nutrition, or exercise programs suited to your individual needs.

The following measurements are taken:

  • Overall Cell Health (“Phase Angle”): This is a key indicator of your overall health. The higher the number, the healthier you are.
  • Body Composition: Indicates the body’s percentage of fat and muscle. The more body fat you have, the more inflammation you have. Inflammation is a significant risk factor for a number of diseases, especially heart disease, because inflammation stresses key parts of your body’s defense including your liver, immune system and adrenal glands.
  • Metabolism: Indicates if your body is breaking down healthy or unhealthy tissue for energy. Obviously, the higher your metabolism, the less fat you have.
  • Water inside/outside of cells: When your body has a high level of toxicity, there is more water outside your cells than inside them. Having more water outside of your cells dilutes the toxins and helps to make them less harmful to your body. However, this is not a healthy state to be in because the inside of your cells do not have enough water to function properly.
  • Hydration: If your body is low on water, your metabolism slows. Problems resulting from dehydration include headaches, fatigue, and sweet cravings. It may surprise you that most people are chronically dehydrated because they do not drink enough water.

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine

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Botanical or herbal medicine is a fundamental aspect of healing in most cultures. Different parts of plants can be used for their powerful healing and nutritional qualities and can benefit individuals on not just a physical level, but also a mental and emotional level as well. Herbal medicines can be administered in different forms such as: tinctures (liquid form), teas, solid extracts, capsules, or tablets. They can also be used internally or topically. It is important to note that some herbs can have adverse reactions when used in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications. A naturopathic doctor can help you determine whether or not certain herbs would be beneficial for you or if they will interact with any medications you are taking.

Bowen Therapy

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Bowen therapy is a type of treatment that balances the Autonomic Nervous System. Bowen therapy utilizes simple and gentle moves across muscle and connective tissue to effectively allow the body to heal itself. Bowen therapy is a very balancing technique and can put the body into a state of deep relaxation.

Although Bowen Therapy has been shown to be very effective for musculo-skeletal pain and injuries, it is also helpful for respiratory problems, digestive disorders and gynaecological problems.

Cosmetic/Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA), also known as “cosmetic acupuncture” or “acupuncture facelift”, is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging, while optimizing a person’s overall health. FRA involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, and disposable needles into particular areas of the face, head, and body, to correct any imbalances in energy or “Qi”, thereby bringing about optimal health and wellness. Specific points are chosen to balance the energy in the body according to the individual’s needs, addressing the underlying causes of why an individual specifically ages the way that they do. Although FRA can sometimes be referred to as an “acupuncture facelift”, it is more than a superficial cosmetic procedure. It is a whole-body treatment that improves a person’s overall health and well-being, while improving their physical appearance.   Read more

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses tapping on specific acupuncture points to stimulate healing from emotional issues or conditions. It is a powerful and effective method which can address the emotional causes that can contribute to pain, disease and physical illnesses.

Food Sensitivity/Allergy Testing

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Contrary to popular belief, the symptoms of allergies do not always manifest as: runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and hives. In fact, food allergies can contribute to common conditions such as: arthritis, acne, asthma, eczema, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and weakened immunity/chronic infections. Many times, these food reactions are delayed reactions and not immediate. Therefore, performing an IgG Delayed Food Sensitivity blood test may be very beneficial to determine what foods may be contributing to inappropriate inflammation in your body. Read more…

Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA)

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Hair mineral analysis (HMA) is one of the many diagnostic tools and methods that we use to assess a person’s overall health. It involves obtaining a sample of a patient’s hair and analyzing it for mineral status and heavy metal toxicity. Minerals play a vital role in many biochemical reactions in the body. A deficiency or imbalance in any of these vital minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, chromium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, selenium, silicon, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus) can lead to many potential illnesses and symptoms.

As well, increased levels of toxic metals such as aluminum, lead, cadmium, and mercury can lead to neurological, digestive, immune system, and hormonal problems. For example, mercury toxicity can contribute to symptoms such as: fatigue, headache, insomnia, nervousness/anxiety, impaired judgement and co-ordination, poor memory and concentration, and depression. Read more…

Healthy and Active/Weight Loss Program

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In order for a person to achieve their weight loss goals, they must choose foods which optimize their particular metabolism. This can be determined by obtaining a specific blood test which measures levels of different constituents in a person’s body. This blood test measures over 40 different items, including: cholesterol, blood sugar, enzymes, white blood cells, red blood cells, minerals, electrolytes, thyroid hormone, and protein. Using this information, a comprehensive metabolic analysis can then be carried out and an individualized, scientifically – proven, nutritional program is designed to help a person achieve their weight loss goals. This program will outline the types of foods and the amounts that the patient should consume in order to optimize their metabolism and therefore lose weight in a safe, healthy, and permanent manner. Furthermore, this program not only optimizes a person’s metabolism, but in doing so, it also helps to balance hormones, minerals, acid-base levels and also reduces toxicity.   Read more…

Homeopathic Medicine

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Homeopathy is an effective system of healing which was founded in 1796 by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle that “like cures like” and focuses on treating the patient – not the disease. Homeopathic remedies are made from plant, animal, or mineral substances, which are diluted to the point where there is no chance of toxicity. Homeopathy helps to rebalance the body back to its natural state and can stimulate the natural ability of the body to heal itself. Homeopathic remedies can be found in the form of granules, tablets, or liquid.

Ionic Foot Detox Baths/Foot Ion Cleanse

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We are bombarded with toxins every day from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air that we breathe. As we become overwhelmed with these toxins, they can start to compromise our immune system, as well as our hormonal and nervous systems.

Foot ion cleanse sessions provide a safe and efficient way to rid the body of these toxins and wastes, in combination with healthy lifestyle choices. A series of Ion Cleanse sessions will help you to optimize your health by relieving your liver and body of chemicals which may be burdening your system. Other beneficial effects from the ion cleanse can include: increased energy and vitality, clearer thinking, increased metabolism, a stronger immune system, less pain, improvement of allergy symptoms, clearer skin, brighter complexion, and slowing of the aging process.

Iridology

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Iridology is the science of analyzing the coloured part of the eye known as the iris. It can reveal a person’s constitution, inherent weaknesses, level of health, and the transition that takes place in a person’s body in relation to how he/she lives. Iridology can also reveal inflammation, where it is located, and in what stage it is manifesting in.

Proclaimed throughout the ages as “windows of the soul”, the eyes are now acknowledged as mirrors of the body and compared to miniature television screens, recording the condition of the various organs and tissues throughout the body.   Read more…

Laboratory Testing

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At Optimal Health Naturopathic and Wellness Clinic, we offer a wide variety of laboratory tests to help us determine what may be the cause of your symptoms/conditions. These tests include:

  • Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA) (ratios of body fat, lean body mass, intracellular and extracellular water)
  • Blood Testing (fasting blood glucose, cholesterol, white blood cells, red blood cells, blood type, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, liver function, kidney function, thyroid function, etc.)
  • Comprehensive Candida Testing
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Gluten-Sensitivity Testing
  • Hair Mineral Analysis (heavy metals and nutritional elements)
  • Saliva Hormone Testing (female hormones, male hormones, adrenal gland hormones)
  • Hair Mineral Analysis (heavy metals and nutritional elements)
  • Urinalysis (pH, specific gravity, glucose, protein, leukocytes, haemoglobin, ketones, etc.)

Lifestyle Counselling

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Naturopathic doctors are trained to help you determine and address the lifestyle factors that may be contributing to less than optimal health for an individual. Lifestyle counselling, in conjunction with other naturopathic treatments, can be very beneficial for patients dealing with depression, fatigue, excess stress (both physical and mental/emotional), relationship issues and chronic health problems.

Live and Dried Blood Cell Analysis

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Whenever we get sick, one of the first things that the doctor checks is our blood. Blood is a specialized body fluid that delivers oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body, while at the same time, removing waste products from these cells. Hence, it is rightly considered to be the “river of life”.

Oftentimes, patients will come into our office with symptoms such as fatigue or a general feeling of ill-health, but they cannot pinpoint the cause(s) because standard blood and other laboratory tests show that they are “healthy” and that there is nothing wrong with them. The problem could be that a typical blood test only measures levels of certain constituents in the blood and thus only gives us a quantitative measure of our health.    Read more…

Neuromodulation Technique (NMT)

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Neuromodulation Technique (NMT) is a complete system of energetic medicine developed by Dr. Leslie S. Feinberg of Hermiston, Oregon. NMT is a method which involves identifying errors of information that exist in the body’s control system and then efficiently trains this control system toward physical regulatory behaviors that re-create wellness. NMT recognizes that healing is ultimately a matter of the body recognizing a more efficient way to govern its own function.

NMT combines accepted principles of western science and energetic medicine. Patients suffering from nearly any symptom commonly experience rapid improvement and restoration of health after being treated with NMT. NMT works powerfully to restore health since it addresses the problem of illness at its most basic level. Our bodies can not engage in the physical behaviors that produce disease, unless there are errors in the set of instructions that tell the body how to behave. By correcting those informational errors, NMT restores the body’s innate capacity to heal – the only path the body has to healing and wellness.

Nutritional Counselling

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Nutrition is not only a basic component of health, but it can also play a great role in the prevention of disease. Many chronic illnesses which afflict people can be attributed either directly or indirectly to improper dietary habits. It is also important to remember that each one of us is an individual and what may be beneficial for one person may be harmful to another. In order to help us determine what our own diet should consist of, we must listen to what our body is telling us and be perceptive of how we react to certain foods. Food sensitivity testing can also give us further insight into what foods may be causing inflammation in our bodies.

Saliva Hormone Testing

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Saliva hormone testing is proving to be the most reliable method for measuring hormone levels in the tissue. Levels of hormone in saliva accurately reflect the amount of hormone delivered to receptors in the body, while serum (blood) levels only measure inactive hormone levels that may or may not be delivered to receptors of the body. It is your active hormone levels that are important in determining how you feel and any imbalance in these hormones will cause you to have symptoms.