Naturopathic Medicine - Dr. Misa Kawasaki, ND
Naturopathic Medicine is a comprehensive approach to health care. I focus on prevention and treatment using natural therapies that support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. All aspects of the patient - the physical, mental, and emotional - are taken into account when developing an personalized treatment plan with your best self as the goal.
I have been treating individuals of all ages from newborns to adults in Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, Vaughan, and Markham for almost 20 years.
Health Issues Commonly Treated with Naturopathic Medicine
Digestive Issues - constipation, diarrhea, IBS, SIBO
Skin Conditions - eczema, psoriasis, acne
Insomnia, stress & anxiety
Migraines & headaches
Hormone Imbalance - PCOS, hot flashes, period cramps, heavy periods, PMS
Joint pain and inflammation, arthritis, osteoporosis
What types of Natural Therapies are used by Naturopathic Doctors?
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. Supervised cleanses may be used to detoxify the body and return it to optimal health.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Based on balancing the flow of Chi (energy) through meridian pathways, Traditional Chinese Medicine includes the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and diet to bring balance and harmony to the body.
The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value.
Lifestyle Counselling & Stress Management
Physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors all affect health. Optimum health incorporates balanced lifestyle choices
Based on the principal of “like cures like” homeopathic medicine was developed in the 1700’s. Minute amounts of natural substances are used to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities.
Water is the easiest source of therapy available to us. By using water in its various forms and temperatures – steam, hot/cold water, and ice, hydrotherapy effectively speeds healing and strengthens the immune system.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Safe?
Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes gentle, natural-source medicines and non-invasive therapies. Side effects with naturopathic therapies are rare and contraindications or interactions between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines are well-investigated in order to provide safe and comprehensive treatments.
Many naturopathic treatments are combined with conventional medical treatments. Therefore ND’s often work together with and refer to other health care practitioners such as medical doctors, midwives, chiropractors, and massage therapists.
Thousands of modern clinical studies have validated a variety of natural medicines used by ND’s. More and more, research in complementary medicine is being conducted and published in various medical journals.
Naturopathic schools also encourage and facilitate research. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine receives grants from the government and also funding from independent sources in order to continue ongoing research of natural therapies and their clinical use.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Covered by OHIP?
No, it is not covered by OHIP. However most extended health care benefits cover between $300-$1000 for naturopathic care. Check with your health insurance provider (usually Human Resources at your work).