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Naturopathic Medicine, Is it right for you?


First, let me introduce myself.  I am a Naturopathic Doctor dedicated to guiding you on your path to optimal health and wellness by treating a wide variety of health conditions. Naturopathic medicine is primary health care medicine, which blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors. The main principles of Naturopathic Medicine are to treat and heal the whole person using the healing power of nature and individualized medicine, to address the fundamental cause of disease rather than simply treating symptoms, and to teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine. My goal is to develop optimal wellness for each patient, and to teach the principles of ideal health.

We should compare Naturopathic Medicine to conventional medicine. Both conventional Medical Doctors (MDs) and Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) provide primary health care and both are similarly trained as doctors. The main differences are the philosophical approach and the therapies used.  Conventional allopathic doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.  Naturopathic Doctors find and treat the root cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies and therefore restore optimum health for the long term.

Let’s look at some of the therapies we use in our practice. 

Acupuncture: a safe and painless ancient form of Chinese medicine that involves the use of acupuncture needles.

Homeopathy: uses minute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the self-healing abilities of the body.

Physical Medicine: effective tools for muscular skeletal and nervous system imbalances.

Botanical Medicine: uses herbal teas, tinctures or capsules as alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs.

Biopuncture & Mesotherapy: injects into the skin or muscle specialized, homeopathic remedies used to treat a number of conditions from muscle pain, to cellulite and wrinkles. 

Intravenous Therapy: uses relatively high dose vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies administered intravenously.

Hydrotherapy: relaxes and is effective for arthritic, rheumatic and skin conditions.   

Infrared Saunas:  emits radiant heat, absorbed directly into the body to help detoxify the body from unwanted or harmful chemicals.

Massage Therapy: helps to relieve pain, relaxes, stimulates, and tones the body. 

Reiki: is an energy medicine technique that promotes healing by removing blockages in the body.  

Lifestyle Counseling: focuses on the connection between the mind and the body.  

Nutritional Counseling: plays a significant role in the body's ability to maintain good health and recover from illness and injury. 

Naturopathic Medicine is a Regulated Health Profession in Ontario and the costs of seeing a practitioner are covered under most extended Health Benefit Plans.



Dr. Betty Rozendaal BES, MA, ND, is the founder of Thornhill Naturopathic Health Clinic, a premier health clinic located in historic Thornhill. Dr. Rozendaal offers free 15 minute consultations for new patients considering Naturopathic Medicine. To book an appoitment please call (905) 707-2001. Or email