Understanding Naturopathic Medicine

By: Dr. Sarah Millar, ND , May 26, 2015
Understanding Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Sarah Millar, ND

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Today, more than ever, individuals have an increased interest in what lies at the root of their health concerns. Naturopathic therapies are becoming highly sought after particularly when dealing with chronic ailments and general low vitality.

Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that integrates standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. This approach to diagnosis and treatment brings together the best of all traditions and has the advantage of putting increased emphasis on disease prevention and overall personal wellness.

What Conditions Do Naturopathic Doctors Commonly Treat?

As primary health-care providers, naturopathic doctors manage a variety of conditions, including:
  • Allergies, food intolerances
  • Arthritis
  • Bio Identical Hormone Therapy
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, colitis
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cholesterol & High blood pressure
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Colds & flu
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Heart burn, GERD
  • Hormone related issues
  • Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimotos Thyroiditis
  • Gas/bloating
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual complaints, PMS
  • Pain, muscle strain, overuse injuries
  • Respiratory complaints: COPD, asthma
  • Skin conditions: acne, eczema
  • Stress management

What Will My Naturopathic Treatments Be Like?

Every person will get an individualized treatment plan catered specifically to their needs. No two people are exactly alike, and so no two treatments are exactly the same. Your treatments will depend on your current health concerns, your general health history, your overall health goals, and your motivation to affect change.

Sometimes people with longstanding health concerns require more time before they start seeing improvements in their condition. Rather than simply masking symptoms, naturopathic medicine aims to address the root cause of a condition.

Healing from the inside out tends to offer more therapeutic and long lasting results, however, these changes sometimes do not occur over night. Gradual yet profound changes are the goal of our therapies.
Feel free to ask your ND questions about your treatment plan and prognosis; getting healthier is a team effort.


Dr. Millar, has always been interested in the dynamic and inseparable role of the mind and body in healing. After studying four years of Health Psychology at McGill University, she went on to complete a four year Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine. Without exception, Dr.Millar strives to address the root cause of every health concern. In her private practice, she specializes in working with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, fatigue and general low vitality. In addition to her private practice, Sarah runs workshops and seminars that teach people how to begin looking at illness from a totally different perspective. Sarah teaches specific and practical tools on how to begin working with the various challenges of life in an effective and balanced way. Essential tools for life are discussed and practiced as each individual learns to turn the tide on illness and suffering. Currently, Sarah treats patients at Health Momentum, a therapeutic centre in Kitchener, Ontario.