Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Marni Ross, ND

Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver

Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness.  It includes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using natural therapies.  When seeing a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), you will not only learn about health and how it relates to your condition, but you will also be active in determining which treatment options are right for you.  

The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply eliminate or suppress symptoms.  The patient is seen as a whole person and the ND takes physical, mental, emotional, genetic, social and environmental factors into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.  Treatments are individualized according to each patient and based on both traditional
therapies and the latest medical knowledge.

The primary naturopathic therapies include:

Clinical Nutrition examines the relationship between diet
and health. Special diets may be recommended, and
treatment may include nutritional supplements such as
vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutraceuticals.

Traditional Chinese Medicine evaluates the flow and
balance of energy in the body and involves the use of
both Chinese herbs and acupuncture.

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles on the
body's surface, used to influence physiological functioning
of the body.  It is based on the theories of Traditional
Chinese Medicine.  Cosmetic Acupuncture, is a non-
surgical face-lift that has been shown to be effective in
reducing the signs of aging.  Dr. Ross is Licensed to perform
Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Botanical Medicine stems from the theory that plants
have powerful healing properties. Many pharmaceutical
drugs have their origins in plant substances. Naturopathic
physicians use plant substances for their healing effects
and nutritional value.

Homeopathic Medicine is based on Law of Similar, “Like
Cures Like”, dilute preparations of plant, mineral or animal
substances are used to stimulate the body to heal itself.

Physical Medicine involves the treatment of  pain,
stimulates circulation and promotes healing.  Some
applications include heat/cold, light, ultraviolet and
infrared, electrical pulsation, hydrotherapy, traction,
massage and exercise.

Lifestyle Counseling identifies lifestyle, diet and
environmental risk factors.  Naturopathic Doctors make
recommendations to optimize the physical, mental and
emotional environment of the individual.

Diseases that are commonly treated with
Naturopathic Medicine:

Chronic Conditions:

High blood pressure, atherosclerosis and heart disease
Heart burn, constipation and inflammatory bowel diseases
Acne, psoriasis and eczema
Insomnia, depression and anxiety
Prostatitis and cystitis
Menopausal problems
PMS and menstrual disorders
Infertility, fibroids and endometriosis
Attention deficit disorder
Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Thyroid conditions
Low energy
Weight management
Muscle, joint and bone problems

Acute Conditions:

Colds and flu
Ear infections