Nutraceuticals, Supplements and Botanical Therapies

About Nutraceuticals, Supplements and Botanical Therapies

Naturopathic doctors often use nutraceuticals, supplements, and botanical therapies as an important part of your treatment plan. They are used to restore dysfunction and help bring the body back to baseline health. Once this is achieved, health can often be maintained with diet and lifestyle. 

  • Nutraceuticals: are compounds found in foods that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. These may include protein, fiber, antioxidants, polyphenols, and bioactive compounds. Naturopathic doctors may recommend specific nutraceuticals to address oxidative stress, inflammation, and other pathological processes. 
  • Supplements: such as vitamins, minerals and other compounds, to address nutritional deficiencies, treat symptoms, support specific health goals, and enhance overall wellness. These supplements are prescribed in appropriate doses and forms to meet individual needs.
  • Botanical Medicine: herbal remedies in the form of pills, decoctions (extractions of active herbal compounds by boiling), tinctures (liquid extracts of herbs suspended in alcohol), loose-leaf teas and topicals. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the use of botanical therapies and may prescribe specific herbal preparations to address various health concerns. Herbs can be used for their therapeutic properties to alleviate symptoms, support organ function, and address underlying imbalances.
  • Probiotics: supplements which contain beneficial bacteria that can support gut health and overall well-being. Naturopathic doctors may recommend probiotics as a step in addressing digestive issues, boosting the immune system, and promoting a healthy microbiome.
  • Combination Therapies: Naturopathic doctors often combine all of the above therapies, with nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to create a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of well-being.

Supplement Quality and Safety: Naturopathic doctors prioritize the quality and safety of supplements, botanicals and nutraceuticals. They recommend products from reputable manufacturers and assess the appropriateness of each supplement for the individual patient.