Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that incorporates modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine involves getting to the root cause of disease, with disease diagnosis, treatment and the prevention of dis-ease progression through diet and lifestyle changes and natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, and Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
What is Botanical Medicine?
Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Medicinal plants and their constituents are very effective and in proper doses are very safe. These herbs can be used in several ways; they can be encapsulated, made as teas and liquid tinctures. Botanical medicine can help to alleviate many symptoms. Some of these include autoimmune disorders, skin issues, menopausal symptoms, hormone imbalances, stress, anxiety and more! Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained in the science of Botanical Medicine.
What is Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture?
Naturopathic Doctors are also extensively trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is a system that has been used for thousands of years and consists of acupuncture, acupressure, and cupping, among other protocols. In TCM, when your Qi, or energy flow is out of balance, your body has a more difficult time dealing with stress, therefore making individuals more susceptible to developing the illness. Utilizing TCM protocols enhances Qi, the energy flow of the body, bringing it to a state of balance, which can result in symptoms and pain decreasing as well as improving overall well being!
My name is Dr. Danielle Commisso, I am a recent graduate of the four-year postgraduate program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. I have successfully passed my licensing and board exams to become a registered Naturopathic Doctor with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. During my final year at CCNM, I completed 12 months of a clinical rotation at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the largest Naturopathic teaching clinic in North America. During this time, I was one of a select few students chosen to be on the Fertility and Reproductive Health focus shift, where I realized my passion for women’s health. I also interned for four months at the Queen West Community Health Centre providing free naturopathic care under the supervision of experienced Naturopathic Doctors.
Prior to attending CCNM, I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. While a student there, I experienced a flare up of an autoimmune disease that I was diagnosed with as a child. With the help of Naturopathic medicine, I was able to experience relief from my symptoms and realized that I wanted to pursue Naturopathic medicine as a career. The idea of treating the root cause of a disease or symptom resonated with me and I hope to help patients along their health journey through a variety of modalities while offering individualized care.