Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of primary health care that utilizes scientific knowledge and traditional forms of natural therapies to help the body heal and reach optimal health.
Dr. Nicole Krapp as your naturopathic doctor will take a detailed intake to understand your health status and needs. Using different modalities within the practice of naturopathic medicine she will assist the body in reaching its full healing and healthy potential.
The basic naturopathic medical modalities include:
- nutrition and supplementation
- botanical medicine
- lifestyle counselling
- physical medicine
- Other modalities are used based on individual patient cases.
Live Blood Analysis
Live blood analysis, also known as microscopic blood analysis or live cell analysis, is used to assist in identifying possible contributing factors to a patient's state of health. It is not used to diagnose but can be used by a trained professional to guide further questioning or testing that aids in creating a diagnosis.
A drop of blood is volunteered by the patient and examined under a microscope at 1000X using darkfield and phase contrast microscopy. This is viewed on a television screen so the practitioner can explain to the patient exactly what is seen.
Using this technique one can identify possible vitamin and mineral deficiencvies, toxicity, allergic sensitivities, digestive and liver dysfunction, and conditions that indicate increased risk of certain disorders. With this method we get to the root of the problem and see what is really going on in the body. We examine the condition of the red blood cells and their oxygen carrying capacity; white blood cells and the function of the immune system; the digestive system and its ability to metabolize, absorb and eliminate; hormonal status; tendency towards plaque and clots; and organ stress.
Further naturopathic treatment is recommended based on the information gathered from this analysis and additional questioning. This often involves diet changes and supplementation either temporarily or indefinitely dependent on the condition.
Intravenous therapy involves the injection of a substance beneath the skin, into the muscle, or directly into the bloodstream. Injectable substances include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant extracts, and homeopathics. Because it bypasses the digestive system, IV therapy allows for 100% absorption of the substance providing much higher concentration of substances in the body than could possibly be obtained orally. There is documented evidence of IV therapy being effective in cases of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, pain, low immunity, migraines, mononucleosis, allergies, enhance athletic performance, detoxification, heavy metals, and more.
Your naturopathic doctor will do a complete assessment before recommending this form of treatment.
Clinical nutrition involves the combination of diet and supplementation. Certain ailments respond very well to diet modification but often one may need a temporary increase of certain vitamins, minerals, or nutrients that help the body strengthen specific bodily functions that are interconnected with a disease process. The increased need often cannot be attained through food alone. Your naturopathic doctor is trained to understand the interaction between the body, disease processes, and nutrients. Together, you and your doctor can create a diet and supplementation plan that is individualized to your needs.
Botanical medicine is the use of herbs and herbal extracts for improving health. Herbs have been used in medicine for thousands of years. More recently, scientific study has confirmed the healing properties of many herbs or discovered new ones. Herbs contain a variety of compounds that assist the body in its many diverse daily functions. These compounds work synergistically in a single herb or in herb combinations to increase their effectiveness and safety. Interactions occur between different herbs and between herbs and medications. It is important to discuss with your naturopathic doctor any supplements or medications that you might be taking.
After an initial intake, acupuncture may be recommended as a treatment option. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a 5000 year old practice that involves the insertion of acupuncture needles at specific points of the body to stimulate the movement of qi energy. These particular points have been associated with anatomically and physiologically important points thats may assist in blood or lymph flow or the function of nerves or muscles. Thus, "qi energy", can be understood as the circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body, proper contraction and relaxtion of muscles, and the proper signaling within the nervous system.
Another form of acupuncture is intramuscular stimulation or myofascial release. This is a method that effectively treats different forms of pain that originate in the musculoskeletal system. Specific muscles are treated by needling very tight or tender points with the goal of causing muscle relaxation and consequent pain relief.
Restoring health involves going to the root of the problem, which often involves lifestyle and stress. Lifestyle counselling includes promoting healthy behaviours and habits, emotional support, stress management, and environmental rick factor assessment.
Diet, exercise, hobbies, relationshipsStressful situations have an obvious emotional and mental impact but many forget about the physical detriment. Your naturopathic doctor can guide you through the many ways of handling stress or decreasing the effects of stress.
Homeopathy is a form of energetic medicine that acts to gently restore the body's natural healthy balance. Based on the idea of "like cures like", it uses extremely dilute forms of a substance that would normally cause the same symptoms being experienced by the patient. Since the homeopathic remedy is so dilute it is safe for all patients.
Providing Service in Manitoba
Refined Health sees patients from all over Manitoba and out of province. Availability of naturopathic doctors is rather limited in Manitoba, especially in the rural areas. Refined Health is conveniently located just off a frequently traveled route to larger city centers making it easier for people of southern Manitoba to see their naturopathic doctor and seek alternative health care. Nearby communities include: