At Serenity Health we aim to support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We offer to following services to achieve this:
- Naturopathic Medicine: including herbal medicine, nutritional counselling, acupuncture, supplements and vitamins, homeopathy, pharmaceutical medicines and bio-identical hormone therapy (link)
- Bowen Therapy
- Registered Clinical Counselling
- Lab testing: Naturopathic Doctors offer extensive options for private lab testing. Some extended medical plans cover the cost of private lab testing, while MSP does not cover lab testing run through Naturopathic Doctors. The NDs at Serenity Health offer basic blood testing (thyroid, ferritin, vitamin D, blood sugar etc), food sensitivity testing, hormone testing using saliva or dried urine (DUTCH), SIBO breath tests, stool analysis and several others.
Naturopathic Medicine is an integration of modern medical science with traditional healing methods. We, as Naturopathic Doctors, look deeper into the processes happening in the body and use natural medicines to help facilitate healing in the most gentle way possible. Our goal is to teach you how to achieve your best health and help prevent chronic disease.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) have a scientific background with at least 8 years of post secondary education and rigorous examination to qualify for licensure. All of the NDs at Serenity Health are provincially licensed and regulated and therefore covered by extended medical plans.
We study many forms of natural medicine and aim to support the body naturally towards health and away from disease. We use treatments such as botanical medicines, vitamins and supplements, acupuncture, homeopathy, therapeutic diets and lifestyle changes. Some NDs at Serenity Health also perform other therapies such as Bowen therapy which can be used for healing injuries and reducing stress levels, and injection therapies such as B Vitamin injections or IV therapy.
We spend time with you to really listen and understand your goals of working together. The first visit is an hour long to go through your detailed medical history and explore many areas of your life that may be contributing to your condition and overall health. Follow up visits are typically 30 min long and we follow up on progress with your health concerns and adjust the plan as necessary. We don’t just talk about one concern per visit because many times your health concerns are related and necessary to understanding the greater picture.
Naturopathic doctors have a focus on prevention and can help people with chronic conditions by using natural medicines and supporting you to make diet and lifestyle changes. Although genetics play a role in our health we believe there is so much we can do to alter the expression of genes and prevent disease. can teach you what changes are beneficial specifically for you and your condition and help empower you to incorporate these changes into your lifestyle.
Naturopathic doctors receive extensive trained in food and nutrition to help with specific health conditions and to improve general health and wellbeing. A focus of naturopathic medicine is prevention and our doctors will support you in making diet and lifestyle changes aimed at preventing future disease.
We can also help you navigate the sometimes conflicting information about food and nutrition in the media, and tailor dietary modifications specifically to you. You are your own person and there is no single diet that will perfectly suit everyone. Therefore we must consider your own specific needs and circumstances when designing nutrition recommendations.
Hippocrates said “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” At Serenity we can help you identify which foods are obstacles to better health and support you to introduce foods that promote longevity and wellbeing. We offer food sensitivity testing to help identify which specific foods are reactive for you as an individual. With this information we can support you to incorporate healthy alternatives into your everyday diet, working with your individual needs and lifestyle.
If you would like dietary support to help achieve a health goal book an appointment with one of the Naturopathic Physicians at Serenity Health.
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(Delete this: Bowen is safe for babies and helpful for conditions like reflux and colic. Bowen therapy is safe for women during pregnancy, helping with common complaints such as nausea and back pain. It helps re-balance the nervous system in children with sensory processing disorder and can help calm children with anxiety and ADD.)
Our Licensed Naturopathic Doctors, Dr. Krista Braun and Dr. Briana Peddle are also Bowen Therapists. To learn more about them click on their names. (pls link)
Homeopathy has been used by doctors for hundreds of years to help facilitate healing in many ways. It can be used to treat both acute conditions like allergy or rash or chronic conditions such as stress or low energy. Homeopathic preparations are diluted forms of natural substances such as plants and minerals. Because of their dilution they are safe even for pregnant women and babies and have very little potential for side effects when used correctly. They give specific instructions to the body to help facilitate healing by directing its innate healing capabilities.
How Homeopathy Works
Most medications utilize the primary effect of the drug. When we use homeopathy we are taking advantage of the secondary drug effect of a natural substance. The primary effect is caused by the molecular reactions of that drug or natural substance and the secondary effect is the body’s compensation reaction to it. If we use caffeine as an example, the primary effects are caused by caffeine increasing stress hormones such as adrenaline. Common effects will be an increase in alertness and heart rate. From when you take your first sip of coffee your body has already started its compensation reaction (secondary drug effect), counteracting the effects of the caffeine. This happens because your body wants to maintain homeostasis and doesn’t want a substance to push things to a dangerous level where the heart rate goes too high, for example. Since homeopathic preparations are so diluted they utilize the secondary drug effect of substances without causing a primary drug effect.
Homeopathic Remedies are Safe
Because of their safety and usefulness, homeopathy is used extensively in advanced countries like Germany. The low cost and ease of administering remedies allows it to be a front line therapy in India. There are thousands of homeopathic remedies and the remedy needs to be specific not only to the condition but to how the constellation of symptoms is playing out in that individual person. It often takes a skilled practitioner in homeopathy to choose the correct remedy to help with a specific set of symptoms somebody is experiencing.
The Naturopathic Doctors at Serenity Health are trained in homeopathic medicines, please click here to book.