Naturopathic medicine is a unique primary healthcare system that uses scientific medical knowledge along with natural forms of therapies and medicines to diagnosis, treatment, and prevent diseases. The purpose of Naturopathic medicine is to stimulate the innate healing power of the body and address the root cause of illness. Dr. Marwa Dabbagh’s main focus of the therapies is on the promotion of wellness and prevention of illness or disease. Dr. Dabbagh believes each individual is unique and therefore each treatment plan should be tailored to that patient and his/her specific health concerns. The treatments address both acute and chronic conditions however most treatment plans are long-term and life-long as preventative medicine and healthy lifestyle is emphasized.
Naturopathic Medicine relies on 6 principles of healing:
- First do no harm (Primum Non Nocere)
- The healing power of nature (Vis Mediatrix Naturae)
- Identify and treat the cause of disease (Tolle Causam)
- Treat the whole person through individualized treatment (Tolle Totum)
- The physician as a teacher (Docere)
- Prevention: Prevention is the best cure
What can Naturopathic Medicine do for you?
Naturopathic medicine treats many health concerns both acute and chronic, physical and psychological and it can be incorporated in EVERY person’s healthcare plan and is especially beneficial for:
- Patients looking for disease prevention and health promotion.
- Patients that have many unaddressed symptoms that they couldn’t resolve on their own or with the help of other medical/allied health practitioners.
- Patients with a diagnosed illness and are looking for treatment options to improve their quality of life.
- Patients who wish to combine conventional and naturopathic treatments to minimize side effects of drugs and/or surgical interventions.
Who are Naturopathic Doctors?
The Naturopathic Medical practice is regulated under the Regulated Health Practitioners Act (RHPA) and the profession’s associated Ontario provincial regulating college. Similar to other family doctors, a registered Naturopathic Doctor must have at least 7 years of postsecondary education and training. This includes completion of 3 or more years of pre-medical sciences at a University followed by completion of 4 years post-graduate training at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School. Naturopathic medical education includes basic and diagnostic sciences: anatomy, clinical physiology, biochemistry, pathology, embryology, immunology, pharmacology, physical and clinical diagnosis, and lab diagnosis. Dr. Dabbagh ND uses both conventional and naturopathic treatments to improve patients’ health and prevent disease. Licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctors complete multi-step standardized North American Board and licensing exams and maintain good standing by acquiring continuing education credits. Dr. Dabbagh ND collaborates closely with other practitioners by consultation and referral.
How do Naturopathic Doctors compare to conventional doctors?
Both doctors provide primary care and are similarly trained however they differ in the philosophical approach and the therapies they use. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, and emotional parts of health. Dr. Marwa Dabbagh ND will aim to find and treat the cause of the illness/disease using a variety of assessment tools and therapies. Conventional doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery. Both Naturopathic doctors and conventional doctors can work together and collaborate to deliver the best options for their shared patients by referring their patients to either medical system.
Do I have to choose between conventional medicine and Naturopathic Medicine?
No. Dr. Dabbagh has worked with many conventional family physicians to treat their shared patients. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to know when to refer to specialists and other allied healthcare providers while continuing naturopathic medical treatments.
Is Naturopathic Medicine the same as Homeopathy?
No, however homeopathy is only one of many modalities naturopathic doctors can elect to use in their treatment plans. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in both conventional and natural medical knowledge while homeopaths are only trained in homeopathy. Also the educational requirements for the completion of each profession is vastly different as homeopaths are currently not required to have at least 7 years of postsecondary education nor are they recognized as doctors.
What modalities do Naturopathic Doctors use in their treatment plans?
Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Healthy lifestyle counseling
Certain prescribed drugs
What can I expect from my first visit with Dr. Marwa Dabbagh ND?
Dr. Marwa Dabbagh will try to get to know you as a person first and foremost as Naturopathic doctors believe that treating the whole person is paramount to achieving health. Generally, Dr. Dabbagh ND will ask you extensive questions to determine patterns and connection in your body that are affecting your health. She may also inquire about your health goals, expectations of the visits, and how you have managed your health concerns in the past. First visit will take about an hour to allow adequate time for discussion and information gathering. Your Naturopathic Doctor may conduct a full physical exam and inquire about your mental, emotional and spiritual health, your diet and lifestyle, any treatments you may have had from other healthcare providers and any current drugs and supplements that you are taking. In addition, Dr. Dabbagh may requisition some lab tests or conduct in-office tests if she deems it necessary for you. It is advised that you bring in with you any imaging or lab tests that you have had with other healthcare providers in the past year and any drug/supplement regimen you are on. All the information gathered can then be used by Dr. Dabbagh to formulate an individual customized plan to present to you on your next visit.
Meet the Doctor! 15-minute complimentary Visit
Dr. Marwa Dabbagh ND offers a 15 minute complimentary for all her new prospective patients! Book a free visit with Dr. Dabbagh to learn more about how naturopathic medicine can help you improve your health concerns before committing to any treatment plan Please Note: this session will not provide any official diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations – it is solely for informational purposes and for the individual to meet the practitioner.
The following is a brief list of conditions and concerns Dr. Marwa Dabbagh ND treats (Please note: this is NOT an exhaustive list! Your health concern may not be listed here but could very well benefit from Naturopathic Medical care):
· Autoimmune disorders
· Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
· Cold and Flu prevention and treatment
· Detoxification programs
· Fatigue (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
· Gas and bloating
· Heart Burn
· High cholesterol
· Hormonal imbalances
|· Hyper and Hypothyroidism
· Infant colic
· Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis)
· Menopausal concerns
· Menstrual complaints – premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, breast pain (fibrocystic breasts), menstrual irregularity
· Pain (emotional or physical, chronic or acute)
· Panic attacks
· Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
· Rheumatoid arthritis
· Smoking cessation
· Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
· Uterine conditions – fibroid, endometriosis
· Weight loss programs
· Women’s Health concerns
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