Ray Clinic

The Full Spectrum of Health

Naturopathic Treatment

Example of Conditions Treated

The clinicians at Ray Clinic treat a variety of conditions including but not limited to the following:

Allergies – food and environmental
Female Health Issues – fertility, perinatal health, post-partum depression and fatigue, PMS, peri/post menopause, menstrual irregularities, low libido
Pregnancy Care – general health and nutrition, fatigue, nausea, cramps, labour and delivery preparation
Male Health Issues – BPH, prostate health, low libido, male fertility
Children’s Health Issues – infant baby colic, digestive health, bloating/gas, insomnia, eczema, asthma, allergies
Digestive Concerns – IBS, ulcers, bloating/gas, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
Dermatological/Skin Conditions – acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, heat rashes
Immune/Respiratory Conditions – asthma, allergies, cough, chronic colds/flus
Endocrine Issues – thyroid disorders, diabetes I/II, hormonal imbalances
Lifestyle Modification – weight management, smoking cessation, general/liver detoxification
Mental and Emotional Health – stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD
Cancer Care – reduce side-effects of conventional cancer treatments
Chronic Conditions – chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, MS
Muscle/Joint/Nerve Health – muscle tension, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, injuries, headaches/migraines, osteoporosis, trigeminal neuralgia
Heart Health – high and low blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis

If you have any specific questions about Naturopathic Medicine or wish to determine if it may be appropriate for you, please contact the clinic at 604.461.7900 or email us at info@rayclinic.ca.  We are committed to helping you make informed decisions about your health care.

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What to Expect

The initial Naturopathic consultation with the doctor takes 1 hour and consists of an in-depth history taking, physical exam and lab testing if necessary.  From there, a personalized treatment plan is developed and implemented.  Follow up visits are 30 minutes.

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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and naturalforms of medicine.  Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The doctors at Ray Clinic use natural therapies including:

Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Hydrotherapy, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Manipulation & Physical Medicine/Bowen Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, IV Therapies, Lifestyle Counseling/Preventive Medicine and Psychological Counseling.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

First, do no harm
Cooperate with the healing powers of nature
Address the fundamental causes of disease
Heal the whole person through individualized treatment
Teach the principles of healthy living and prevention

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) can also complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals.  NDs understand and work with other branches of medical science and may work closely with them whenever appropriate.

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Intravenous Vitamin-Mineral Therapy & Chelation Therapy

Sometimes, our bodies need an extra boost.  In this treatment, vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C are introduced through the veins to allow for efficient absorption of these nutrients and therefore facilitate the most optimal effect.  This is especially useful in boosting the immune system and increasing energy. IV vitamin-mineral therapy is beneficial in treating various conditions such as colds/flus, chronic fatigue, depression, stress, allergies, cancer and fibromyalgia.

A full assessment by one of our naturopathic physicians is required to determine if administration of IV vitamin-mineral and chelation therapies is appropriate in your case. Some nutrients such as vitamin B12 may be recommended by injection into the muscles (IM) when indicated.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe and very effective natural therapy using tiny hair-thin needles that are inserted along points in the body to trigger the body’s own natural healing process. Acupuncture originated in China over 2000 years ago and is now practiced in clinics and hospitals worldwide.  The WHO (World Health Organization) recognizes a number of conditions that are responsive to acupuncture including:

– Pain: neck, shoulder, back, sciatica, hip, tennis/golfer’s elbow, face/TMJ
– Sports injuries, car accidents (MVAs)
– Arthritis
– Digestive, circulation, respiratory problems (e.g. asthma, allergies)
– Stress, headaches/migraines, insomnia, anxiety, depression
– Fertility, PMS, menopause, menstrual issues
– Smoking and substance addiction

Acupuncture may be used as part of your complete treatment plan by your naturopathic physician.

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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a safe and useful non-surgical technique for revitalizing and “lifting” the face/skin and improving whole body health.  Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is beneficial in helping to address the following:

– Wrinkles, fine lines
– Sagging, double chin
– Dark circles, bags/puffiness under eyes
– Dull complexion
– Acne
– Scarring

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture has been clinically shown to improve facial muscle tone, increase collagen production, increase overall circulation, tighten pores, and improve overall hormonal balance.

A general acupuncture treatment may be given during the initial naturopathic consultation, and subsequent Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture sessions are approximately 45 minutes each.

For optimal results, a series of 12 weekly or semi-weekly sessions are recommended.  Beneficial changes to the skin will begin after the first treatment and more lasting results occur after the 7th or 8th session.  Results are enduring with maintenance sessions along with good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and individualized supplemental recommendations.

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Bowen Therapy

Bowen therapy is a gentle and non-invasive physical medicine that acts on the nervous system by stimulating various areas on the body. This gentle manipulation of muscles, tendons and nerve points works to effectively restore their normal tone and function and treats many other conditions such as infertility, constipation/diarrhea, headaches, etc. Bowen therapy helps manage stress and is very relaxing.

Bowen therapy is safe for all ages as there are no vigorous manipulations of the body during the treatment. The Bowen practitioner will apply the movements in a series of patterns, leaving the room between each pattern in order to give the body time to integrate and realign.

Bowen is an effective therapy for any musculoskeletal injury and for when chiropractic/physiotherapy/massage therapy results have plateaued. It is a deeply relaxing and effective healing modality.

Please call Ray Clinic for more information and to schedule a consultation for Bowen therapy.

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