About Naturopathic medicine
Naturopathic and Functional medicine.
Let's do a deep dive into Naturopaths, Naturopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine
We'll also discuss some of the cutting edge Functional Medicine treatments TruMed provides.
Let's learn about Naturopathic Medicine
Top Naturopathic Medicine FAQ
The Naturopath Principles
First do no harm - Naturopathic Doctors utilize gentle, naturally derived treatment methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
In particular at our office, our Naturopaths use carefully chosen, precisely dosed vitamins, minerals and supplements and do drug-nutrient interaction testing prior to issuing our recommendations.
Vis Medicatrix Naturae (healing power of nature) - Naturopaths believe the body has a tremendous inherent capacity to heal itself if you give it the right tools. Nutrients and dietary changes are some of the paramount "tools" our Naturopathic doctors supply our patients to facilitate healing.
Identify and treat the cause - This is where Functional Medicine and Naturopathic medicine cross paths. At our office, our Naturopaths frequently run substantial laboratory tests to identify the causes of your concerns.
Treat the whole person - Naturopaths consider each person as extremely unique and take into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. For example, the first visit at our Edmonton office is frequently 30-60 minutes to understand all the factors in your particular case.
Docere (Doctor as Teacher) - Naturopathic doctors teach their patients and will assist you in understanding health and illness in your particular case.
For more insight on the Naturopathic history please visit this article
Experience: Dr. Muradov has been in practice for over 10 years and has extensive experience effectively treating many common health concerns including Fatigue, Thyroid and Adrenal concerns, Digestive and Skin issues and Mood concerns.
Precision: Testing is a cornerstone to our successful treatment protocols. Thyroid, Hormone, Food Allergy, Nutritional Testing are most frequently run at our Edmonton office using both local, national and international labs.
Evidence-based: Evidence based alternative and functional medicine treatments are primarily utilized at our office. Clinical trials, case reports with consideration of standard western approaches frequently guide our treatments.
Advanced Therapies: Our Naturopathic Doctors offer Edmonton a massive array of IV therapy options in addition we are the only Naturopathic clinic that offers Hyperbaric medicine to supercharge all of our other treatments.
Functional Medicine: The Naturopaths at our office rely on modern functional medicine approached to provide in-depth, personalized medicine for all of our Edmonton patients frequently employing the newest dietary strategies and alternative testing.
Advanced Naturopathic Treatments
Effective: IV therapy is more effective than oral treatments with the same nutrients for correcting cellular nutrient deficits and IV therapy ensures 100% absorption every single time.
Rapid Results: IV Therapy gets patients feeling better, faster. Our Naturopathic Doctors have administered thousands of IV Therapy treatments at our Edmonton clinic and have seen faster results with this than any other oral modality.
Clinical breakthroughs: IV Therapy can often provide a breakthrough for patients where other treatments have failed. Fatigue and mood are the two most frequently responsive clinical conditions.
Durability: IV Therapy can have long term benefits. Most of our IV Therapy drips are administered once weekly initially with booster treatments given every 4-8 weeks. However, some patients are able to maintain benefits for prolonged periods of time.
Safety: IV Therapy is safe. In fact our Naturopathic doctors administered literally thousands of treatments at our Edmonton offices with a handful of non-serious adverse effects.
Our Top IV Therapies
Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) is present in all cells of the body and is essential for cell viability and function.
The most direct method of increasing NAD+ levels is through intravenous administration.
NAD+ is crucial in the production of energy cycles of the body and activates SIRTUIN pathways which are involved in life extension and longevity. A 2019 study demonstrated that it is rapidly taken up out of the blood by cells when NAD+ is given Intravenously.
PARP enzymes are though to be activated by NAD+, which repair DNA damage and and are linked to longer lifespan.
IV NAD+ frequently takes 1-3 hours to administer and overall are well tolerated with only some nausea if given too rapidly and are easily combined with IV Vitamin treatments for an enhanced effect.
Our Naturopathic Doctors typically start most patients at 250mg of NAD+ for their first treatment.
With regards to fatigue, many patients see improvements in their energy within 24 hours after IV NAD treatment and often require "booster" IV treatments in 2-4 weeks.
IV Myers Cocktail
The Myers is a classic broad spectrum IV giving B-Vitamins, Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin C.
At our Edmonton office, we've ramped up the doses of B-Vitamins, and added Riboflavin (B2) and have transitioned the Myers to a small volume drip format.
In terms of tolerance, the Myers is extremely well tolerated. The most common issue is that, due to its concentration, the Myers' can be painful at the administration site which can be prevented with appropriate dilution.
The Myers IV usually gives its effects within 24 hours and usually lasts for 3-5 days after the first treatment.
It's typically repeated 1x weekly for 3-4 weeks to build an effect. It's then given 1x every 4-8 weeks to maintain the effect.
The Myers' IV Treatment was suggested originally for the following conditions: fatigue, fibromyalgia, sinusitis, hives, asthma, migraines, upper respiratory tract infections, cardiovascular disease and depression and our Naturopathic doctors have confirmed its use in each and every one of these conditions and many more :)
Glutathione is found in all cells of the body with the highest levels in the liver and it's made from three amino acids: glutamate, glycine and cysteine.
Glutathione is considered the body's master "anti-oxidant."
IV Glutathione is frequently considered for detoxification, inflammation, skin health, longevity, immunity and neurological conditions.
For skin health, Glutathione is frequently combined with Intravenous Vitamin C.
Glutathione can often be easily added to the end of many of our other IV therapy drips.
Administration times for IV Glutathione is usually less than 15 minutes and is frequently given 1-3x weekly.
IV Vitamin C
As you likely know, Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant and has a role in immune function and is capable of antiviral and antibacterial effects as well.
At our office, our Naturopathic Doctors use both low dose and high dose Vitamin C IV Therapy.
Low dose IV Vitamin C frequently refers to doses between 2.5 - 20 grams which can be immune boosting and anti-viral with anti-oxidant effects and is frequently used with Glutathione for skin health
High dose IV Vitamin C refers to doses between 25 - 125 grams and is used primarily for either chronic infections or as an adjunctive cancer support.
Chronic Viral infections such as EBV and HHV-6 are, in our experience, frequently IV Vitamin C responsive.
Case reports exist showing benefit for Intravenous Vitamin C in: Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Liver Cancer, Lymphoma, Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, GBM and Pancreatic Cancer. IV Vitamin C can often safely be administered alongside numerous chemotherapies.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
A Naturopathic Doctor refers to an individual that has gone to an accredited Naturopathic College or University after their undergraduate education and passed NPLEX (the international licensing exams) which is a 7-8 year process.
addition to this, Naturopaths study clinical nutrition, homeopathy, chinese medicine, botanical medicine and psychology.
Lastly, Naturopaths must pass the NPLEX board exams and be licensed by the CNDA (College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta) to practice in Alberta.
In Alberta, there are particular restricted activities that Naturopathic doctors can do. At TruMed the Naturopathic doctors have authorization for Acupuncture, Hyperbaric Oxygen and IV Therapy.
What's the deal with IV Therapy?
IV Therapy gets us quick results in many health concerns. We've been administering IV Therapy in Edmonton since 2010 and have literally given thousands of IV treatments. Most commonly we use IV treatments for fatigue, mood, cognition, immunity, infections and as a cancer support.
Do I need a consultation to get a Vitamin Drip?
At our clinic, all new patients require a consultation prior to any treatment. For those interested in IV Therapy specifically, the 15 minute initial consultation is complementary :)
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