Naturopathic Medicine

a patient-centred approach to integrative medicine 

“Our task is not to treat the disease, but the patient – Vincent Preissnitz”

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease; it is the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient through the removal of any obstacles to health. It is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical, mental and emotional conditions; and it is the promotion of well-being using therapeutics that support or enhance a patient’s overall health.

In BC, naturopathic physicians (NDs) are licensed to provide primary care. They are trained as general practitioners in complementary medicine, providing a full range of diagnostic tests and therapies.

Conditions Commonly Treated

Naturopathic medicine has been shown to help with the following conditions:

  • Digestive complaints such as GERD, IBS, IBD, constipation, food intolerances.
  • Stress management.
  • Respiratory complaints, such as allergies, asthma, colds and flus.
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
  • Hormone problems, for example, acne, infertility, menstrual complaints and menopause.
  • Pain management, for example, arthritis, and sports injuries.
  • Diabetes (Type 2).
  • Cardiovascular diseases such as cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Metabolic disorders

 

Naturopathic Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

How we help

Who is naturopathic medicine for?

Naturopathic medicine is for people of all ages and health histories who want to take their health into their own hands. NDs are primary health providers and are qualified to see and treat everyone, though some NDs focus in specific areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cancer care, sports medicine, digestive health, pain management, etc.

What kind of training do NDs have?

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) in BC receive a minimum of three years pre-medical training at university then complete four years post-graduate training at an accredited naturopathic medical school. NDs complete roughly 1500 hours of basic clinical sciences, 1900 hours of standard medical therapeutics (e.g., pharmacology, family medicine, internal medicine etc.) and extensive training in naturopathic treatments as described above. Doctors complete provincial board exams prior to receiving licensure.

Dr. Rayburn completed Bachelor of Science degree from Thompson Rivers University, followed in 2011 by her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian college of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

Dr. Rayburn has further certifications in prescribing authority as well as intravenous therapies.

What will my treatments be like?

NDs conduct a comprehensive intake focusing on a patient’s health history as well as their current medical issues. This history may involve a physical exam and the use of standard diagnostic instruments and laboratory tests. Naturopathic protocols are developed using not only standard lab tests but also lifestyle evaluation including dietary habits, emotional stress, exercise and exposure to environmental hazards.

Every patient receives an individualized treatment plan catered specifically to his or her needs. No two people are exactly alike, and so no two treatments are exactly the same. Your treatments will depend on your specific current health concerns, your general health history, as well as your health goals.

Are naturopathic Doctors licensed as Doctors?

Yes. Naturopathic physicians have been registered in BC under health legislation since 1923, becoming a self-regulating health profession in 1936. While interest in safe, effective, non-drug therapies waned with the postwar fascination of medical technology, there has been a shift back towards naturopathic care. In fact, in North America today, more patients visit non-MDs for healthcare than MDs. Naturopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing health disciplines in Canada. In BC, the number of licensed NDs doubled between 2000 and 2010.

Is naturopathic medicine covered by insurance?

Most extended health care plans cover naturopathic doctors, usually between $200-500 per year. Some plans also include lab or diagnostic testing coverage. You can clarify coverage with your benefits manager. For individuals with a Health Spending Account, visits to an ND are 100% covered. In respect to the provincial MSP plan, there is limited coverage for individuals on Premium Assistance or social assistance only.

Rates / Fees

Initial, 60 minute Naturopathic Visit $195.00
Follow-up, 30 minute Naturopathic Visit $95.00
Follow-up, 15 minute Naturopathic Visit $50.00

Most extended insurance plans cover Naturopathic Medical Services. We are happy to direct bill for select plans.

What are Infusion & IV Therapies?

IV Therapy involves the injection of high dose nutrients into a vein. This ensures 100% absorption of nutrients into the body. IV Therapy is an excellent way to delivery nutrients to the body while bypassing the liver and digestive system. This high level of nutrients can aid in improving recovery rates and decreasing fatigue. There are many intravenous protocols used to target specific health concerns with each treatment being individualized for each patient and condition.

Dr. Andrea Rayburn ND will happily customize formulations for your individual needs. All IV therapies require a naturopathic evaluation and safety screen.

Why You Should Consider IV Therapy

Stress Support

With all the demands in our busy lives, whether it be a demanding career, busy household or both, it can be hard to keep our battery charged. Our Intravenous Nutrition (IV Therapy) delivers powerful formulas designed to specifically support your adrenal glands. These powerhouse glands are responsible for allowing us to adapt to the stress or demands of our lives.  The adrenals are highly dependent on specific nutrients, and the demand increases as we add more things to our plate. Luckily we can deliver and utilize these nutrients at therapeutic doses to allow for better stress response with improved energy, productivity, and mood.

Collagen Support

Give your skin the love it needs with the intravenous delivery of specific amino acids and minerals that help to support collagen production, rehydration, and reduce free radical damage. As we age, collagen in the skin thins increasing risk of wrinkles and loss of elasticity. The skin gets dehydrated while cell division and collagen synthesis slows down, resulting in a loss of skin integrity. With this customized IV formulation one can support collagen production and keep that healthy glow you desire.

Immune Support

Whether you have a cold or flu or just looking to boost your immune system, this drip is for you. Delivering high doses of vitamins like Vit C and Zinc, IV immune formulas support defense against viral and bacterial infections. They can reduce recovery time from illness and support the immune system against future infections. Use this IV at the first sign of illness or as a preventative measure during the holidays and flu season.

Optimal Performance

If you are someone that strives to live an optimal life with high level mental, physical and emotional health, IV therapies may be something to include in your current bio-hacking regime. Performance IV’s are designed to replenish the biochemical needs of your body. Because health should be individualized, not generic, we work with you to understand your nutritional demands before formulating your IV.  Treatment goals include improved energy, a more robust immune system and better mental clarity.

Athletic Performance

To achieve your peak athletic performance your body requires fluids, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. If you’re a serious athlete or a weekend warrior ask us about how IV Therapy could improve your time, reflexes and recovery. If you are a professional athlete, ask about how we stay compliant with all major regulatory bodies

IV Vitamin C

Intravenous Vitamin C is the administration of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) into the system through a vein. This allows us to achieve a concentration of Vitamin C in the blood, which is unobtainable through conventional oral ingestion.

Often used in integrative cancer treatment, IV Vitamin C has been shown to increase quality of life for cancer patients, while also decreasing side effects of conventional treatments. IV Vitamin C can also be used to treat seasonal allergies and hayfever symptoms.

The Myers’ Cocktail

The Myers’ Cocktail is a combination of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Vitamin C, magnesium and calcium administered intravenously. Although based off the original research by Dr. John Myers, we believe that individualized protocols are more direct and effective , therefore we customize the formula to meet your current needs.