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Campus Health Centre offers naturopathic medicine

November 15, 2006

Source: McMaster University

by Debra EarlNovember 15, 2006

A new service at the Campus Health Centre provides an alternate approach to health care. Beginning Nov. 17, naturopathic medicine will be available for both students and employees of McMaster University.

Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive service that offers a variety of therapies to treat various health problems. Physical, mental and emotional aspects of the patient are considered when developing a treatment plan. Therapies can be used alone or in combination with conventional medical treatments.

Naturopathic therapies include lifestyle counselling and stress management, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, botanical or herbal medicine, nutritional counselling, hydrotherapy, and homeopathic medicine.

Dr. Rita Patel is a naturopathic doctor who is joining the staff at the Campus Health Centre to provide this service. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, which is the only fully accredited school of naturopathic medicine in Canada.

Virtually all chronic and most acute conditions can benefit from naturopathic treatment. People of all ages can be helped. Some ailments that are commonly treated with naturopathy include stress management, anxiety and depression, sleep problems, fatigue, injuries, allergies, asthma, colds and flu, arthritis, headaches, digestive problems, skin conditions and weight management.

Appointments are now available by calling the Campus Health Centre at ext. 27700.

Initial assessments are 60 minutes and the cost is $60. Follow-up visits are $20 for 15 minutes and $40 for 30 minutes. Some health benefit plans will cover these expenses.

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