Naturopathic care is a safe alternative to prescription or non-prescription drugs. We can help you feel better by way of clinical and IV nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation, acupuncture, herbal medicines, homeopathy, and other bodywork treatments.
About Dr. Ghag
Dr. Ghag, known to her close friends and family as TJ, is a licensed Naturopathic Physician who is passionate about hearing your unique health story and providing guidance where needed. A firm believer in individualized health, Dr. Ghag strives to identify the root cause of dysfunction as she believes there is no single cause. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Ghag will work with you to explore any physiological imbalances, mental emotional triggers, life stressors, and environmental toxicities and create a unique treatment plan that caters to your needs.
In British Columbia, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary healthcare providers. NDs are trained very similarly to medical doctors but differ in the approach. Naturopathic doctors work towards determining and treating the underlying cause of disease, choosing not to mask symptoms with potentially harmful drugs. Naturopathic doctors incorporate clinical nutrition, vitamin/mineral supplementation, lifestyle counseling and coaching, IV nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and bodywork into treatment plans tailored to each patient. The first visit involves a thorough investigation of symptoms and health concerns, and lasts one hour.
Full Array Of Naturopathic Services & Diagnostic Testing Available Including
Acupuncture is a therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involving the use of thin needles being inserted into specific locations in the body. Acupuncture points are located on energy channels called meridians through which Qi flows. Qi is an ancient term which describes vital energy and life force and can be blocked, deficient or in states of unbalance when a condition or injury is present. Acupuncture is successful in treating conditions of gynecology, gastroenterology, neurology, low back pain, arthritis, injuries and musculo-skeletal disorders, headaches & migraines, stress, addictions, immune system disorders, respiratory system disorders, depression, and more.
A careful TCM examination takes place before points are chosen which involves questioning, observations and evaluations of pulses on the wrist and appearance of the tongue. An individualized protocol is then developed and needles are placed into points corresponding to the health picture of the patient. Acupuncture appointments are 45 minutes long and it is recommended that visits be scheduled once per week.
Hormones are important messengers in the body that stimulate organs and body systems to function in homeostasis or balance. When hormones are not produced in adequate amounts or ratios to each other, we can experience symptoms such as fatigue, depression, stress, low libido, insomnia, excessive or absent perspiration and more.
Laboratory testing can take a detailed look at the body’s hormones and relate symptoms to deficient or excess production. Once results have been reviewed and analyzed, appropriate therapies can be discussed.
Hormones can often be balanced using diet, exercise and herbal medicine to reduce symptoms and improve hormone productions. Alternatively, bio-identical hormones that have the same make-up as those produced in the body are also very effective. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is commonly used to treat symptoms of menopause and is also used in cases of menstrual irregularity, infertility and maintaining pregnancies where there is a history of miscarriage.
Once or twice a year it is a good idea to reset the body and get rid of excess toxins. Toxins include chemicals that we can’t digest such as pesticides, additives, food dyes, and non-food ingredients found in over-processed foods. Toxins also can be inhaled through the lungs or absorbed into the skin such as with use of various creams and lotions. Storage of toxins is usually in fat cells where they can accumulate over time.
When toxin loads get high, metabolism slows down and the liver is unable to detoxify at optimum levels. This can lead to fatigue, poor digestion, weight gain, cravings, fluid retention and hormonal imbalances. A proper detoxification gives the body a break from high exposure to toxins and at the same time optimizes liver function and excretion of these unwanted chemicals. Dietary elimination of common allergens and supplementation for the liver and digestive track are a part of the 3-week detoxification program offered at Downtown Wellness. Upon completion of this detox, patients feel more energetic, have eliminated sugar cravings, improved the appearance of skin and potentially lost weight.
Intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy is an excellent route to get nutrients into the body and bypassing the digestive track thus are especially helpful for people with digestive disturbances. IV Vitamin C is used due to its potent antioxidant properties, immune stimulation and wound-healing functions. Vitamin C can be administered in high doses over about 1 hour in cases of immune dysfunction and cancer for example or in moderate levels as is found in a Myer’s push. A Myer’s push is a smaller version of a vitamin and mineral cocktail that takes about 15 minutes to administer and is excellent when symptoms of an on-coming cold or flu are present. Other ailments that can be improved by IV therapy include PMS, migraines, chronic lung conditions, IBS/IBD, hepatitis, adrenal fatigue and frequent illnesses. IV therapy will be available soon as Dr. Ghag is just waiting on some certification approvals by the College. Stay tuned!
Extensive testing is available at Downtown Wellness Centre. Using a variety of labs from both Canada and the US a complete array of diagnostics can be ordered. Tests that are commonly performed at local laboratories that are ordered by medical doctors can be done in-office. Saliva, urinary and blood testing provide a more detailed look into hormones, food and environmental sensitivities, cardiac health, digestive function, neurotransmitter production, toxic metals and profiles of nutrient deficiencies.
Common tests that are performed include:
- Female hormone panel
- Male hormone panel
- Adrenal stress index
- Comprehensive thyroid panel
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Cardiovascular profile
- Comprehensive stool and digestive analysis
- Neurotransmitter testing
- Health profile of vitamins and minerals
- Toxic metal and essential minerals
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About the services at DTWC or to schedule a complementary 15-minute visit to see if naturopathic medicine is right for you, please contact our office. Naturopathic services are covered by most extended health care plans in BC.