Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary healthcare system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine for women’s health. The Naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of illness, imbalance or disease.
Appointments with our Naturopathic Doctors range from 30 to 75 minutes; this time is needed to fully investigate health concerns through verbal discussion, physical examination and specific testing. Naturopathic treatment is tailored to each individual patient’s needs, goals and desires, and can include diet and lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, Natural Health Products, homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, Intravenous Therapy and the use of certain pharmaceutical medications
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an eastern system of medicine which works to balance the energy flow, or Qi, in the body. This is achieved through acupuncture, acupressure, diet, massage, herbs and nutritional therapy. Acupuncture can also be applied locally for musculoskeletal concerns.
The amazing Queenly Lee is the licensed TCM and acupuncture provider at Flourish and she in addition our team of Naturopathic Doctors often utilize TCM and acupuncture as part of their individualized health plans for patients.
Acupuncture pre and post ovulation is a foundation of our fertility healthcare plans and we also provide onsite acupuncture at fertility clinics for pre and post IVF transfer.
Other conditions often treated with acupuncture at Flourish are anxiety, sleep disorders, menstrual disorders and symptoms associated with menopause.
In addition to one on one acupuncture treatments we also offer community acupuncture for patients who are already on an acupuncture protocol at Flourish. Community acupuncture involves a small group of patients receiving their acupuncture treatment in a communal room at a lower visit cost than private acupuncture session.
We are blessed to have three of the amazing Naturopathic Doulas from Your Downtown Doula on our Flourish health care team to offer the highest level of doula care for our patients.
A doula is a trained and experienced health professional that provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during and after labour. Doulas facilitate communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers. Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth results in shorter labours with fewer complications, reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience, reduces the need for pitocin, forceps or vacuum extraction, reduces the requests for pain medications and epidurals and decreases the incidence of cesareans*.
Dr. Oliva Chubey, Dr. Sarah Winward and Dr. EeVon Ling are the leaders of Your Downtown Doula and practicing Naturopathic Doctors and Doulas at Flourish.
* Hodnett, E.D. Support from caregivers during childbirth (Cochrane Review) in Cochrane Library, Issue 2. Oxford Update Software, 1998. Updated Quarterly.
At Flourish our lactation consultant is also a Naturopathic Doctor and can use Naturopathic tools combined with lactation consulting to support moms through the first steps of motherhood, allowing them to feel empowered, grounded and focused on caring for their new family throughout their fourth trimester’ and beyond.
New mothers will receive the highest level of professional lactation support with a non-judgemental approach either directly at Flourish or virtually.
Dr. Sarah Winward is our Naturopathic Lactation Consultant at Flourish.
Naturopathic Skin Care
Naturopathic skin care involves a comprehensive initial assessment for the causes of skin ailments such as hormonal imbalance, nutrition, digestive function, stress and other causes of inflammation. Our Naturopathic Doctors use an evidenced based approach to your skin including a thorough assessment which involves a history about your skin and objective analysis using the Observ520 and SD202 skin diagnostic devices.
The Observ520 is a state of the art camera which takes images of skin layers under 6 different observational lights to assess for irregularities or abnormalities in your skin. The Skin Diagnostic202 (SD202) measures the water to oil ratio of your skin so we can create a skin regime specific to your exact level of hydration.
Our Skin Diagnostician Naturopathic Doctors take all of this information and create a complete health plan for your skin which includes specific clean beauty product recommendations, dermal treatment, nutrition, natural health products and much more so your skin can truly Flourish.
Dr. Aisling became obsessed with Clean Beauty products when she was pregnant with her first baby. After extensively researching ingredients in conventional beauty products she was shocked to learn that many ingredients deemed safe to use in topical skin care could disrupt hormones, cause fetal abnormalities and increase the risk of cancer. Dr. Aisling made it her personal mission to find the best line of clean beauty products both from an ingredient perspective as well as providing amazing skin results. After years of testing, she determined that Ela Spa has the best line of clean beauty products and we are so excited to offer the full line of Ela Spa Skin Care at Flourish.
We encourage all of our patients to switch to clean beauty products but especially our patients who are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding as many of the chemicals in conventional beauty products can impact fertility and be transferred to babe in utero or through breast milk.
Dr. Melissa Descoteaux, Dr. Katie Black and Dr. Aisling Lanigan are our trained Naturopathic Skin Diagnosticians at Flourish.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves all concerns relating to a person’s pelvic health. The pelvic floor muscle group is responsible for a variety of functions. These muscles support the pelvic organs, assist in bowel and bladder control and contribute to sexual arousal, orgasm adnd overall women’s health.
A person may be referred to a pelvic floor physiotherapist to treat incontinence, difficulty with urination or bowel movements, constipation, chronic pelvic pain or painful intercourse.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is an essential component of a women’s pregnancy and postpartum health care plan.
Registered Massage Therapy
At Flourish, all massage therapy is provided by Registered Massage Therapists. Massage therapy is an important therapeutic tool for relaxation and deep muscular release. Registered Massage Therapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario and is a highly effective therapy for a variety of conditions and general wellness promotion.
Massage therapy enhances joint function, improves circulation, increases metabolism and promotes the overall healing process. It is effective for many conditions in which body relaxation and the reduction of swelling and muscle mobilization are required. Massage therapy helps to bring relief from the stresses of everyday living and injury.
At times everyone needs someone to talk to, without judgment, without attitude, with open arms. Talk therapy is a supportive and collaborative process where patients are assisted in dealing with aspects of their life that may be causing them turmoil, discomfort, stress, worry, fear, anger, and/or confusion.
Therapy provides the patient with a safe supportive place where they can explore these deep personal issues without fear of judgement. Talk therapy can help patients to identify coping strategies that are no longer working and offer new and effective ways of dealing with problems. Therapy can also provide valuable feedback regarding the interpretation and understanding of personal life experiences, helping patients to achieve new insights into themselves and their relationships. Therapy can be used at any time, for whatever reason, big or small. It is a vehicle of insight, change, prevention and life enhancement.
At Flourish our therapists offer group programs, such as ‘Healing Infertility’ by Amira Posner which is designed specifically for patients trying to conceive as well as one on one appointments by request.
At Flourish our yoga is medicine. This is not your average drop in class. Queenly Lee, our amazing yogi runs a variety of small group yoga programs such as Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga & Pilates and Yoga Therapy. Programs run for 6 weeks and all levels of yoga participants are welcome to attend. Private one on one yoga therapy sessions are also available by request.
IV therapy, often referred to as intravenous vitamin mineral therapy, offers the unique ability to replenish the body’s micronutrients when the limitations of oral supplementation and diet cannot achieve a therapeutic dose. For many reasons such as environmental toxicity, chronic stress, increased metabolic demand, or a decreased ability to absorb nutrients from the digestive tract, the body can require higher doses of nutrients than can be delivered by mouth.
Infusions are individualized to each patient and can include micronutrients such as vitamins, botanicals and amino acids. Most treatments last 30-60 minutes and are offered weekly for 6-12 weeks. Treatments are performed in the comfort of our IV suite or in one of our private treatment rooms.
WHAT CAN IV THERAPY TREAT?
IV therapy treatments can be used for a variety of concerns. Your Naturopathic doctor will determine your individual combination of nutrients to be administered. The most common concerns addressed with IV therapy at Flourish include:
Acute colds and viral illness
Immune system support
Male and female infertility
Fatigue and burnout
Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and colitis
PMS and menstrual cramps