Botanical Medicine: Naturopaths use medicinal herbs in the form of capsules, botanical tinctures (herbal extract dissolved in alcohol, glycerol, or vinegar), and dried herbs (teas) to treat a number of acute and chronic health conditions if indicated and safe for their patients.
Clinical Nutrition and Diet: Naturopaths prescribe different types of therapeutic diets and clinical nutrition such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as dietary supplements, most often to address nutritional deficiencies and treat common health conditions.
Asian Medicine: Naturopaths in Ontario undergo sufficient amount of training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as part of their education. This training includes understanding the basic principles of TCM like Qi, Ying, Yang, and the five elements. To make a TCM diagnosis, taking a TCM history and checking the tongue and pulse are required. Treatment includes acupuncture, which refers to the insertion of fine sterilized needles through the skin into underlying tissues at specific points on the surface of the body.
*The above mentioned naturopathic modalities can be used alone or in conjunction with the conventional medicine therapies, based on individualized health conditions.