Naturopathic Medicine

Does Dr. Esau ND use acupuncture?

Yes. Dr. Esau has studied acupuncture extensively during her 4 year Doctor of Naturopathy degree. She is highly trained in making Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnoses and to select the appropriate acupuncture points to help with what is going wrong in the body. Acupuncture is effective to treat many conditions including infertility, mood, digestive complaints, constipation, bloating,  insomnia, tinnitus, muscle pain, painful periods and the list goes on. When indicated, she will use trigger point release to alleviate muscle spasms which involves inserting a needle into a tight muscle and the muscle spasm letting go.
Dr. Esau, ND is certified to practice acupuncture by the Manitoba Naturopathic Association. She has successfully completed all the training required by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to practice acupuncture with a global understanding of how to apply the theories and diagnostic methods of TCM.

How is a Naturopathic Doctor different from a Medical Doctor?

The biggest differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and therapies used. Naturopathic doctors focus on treating the person not just the disease through non-invasive gentle therapies and natural interventions. We recognize that you are unique and that the factors affecting your health are too. We help patients remove the barriers that are preventing health in addition to treating the physical and emotional aspects to disease. Naturopaths are able to give you the time you need to meet with us, we take a full hour for the first consultation.

Both medical and naturopathic doctors order blood work, do physical exams and are trained to diagnose disease. Since naturopathic doctors in Manitoba do not prescribe drugs or do surgeries it is important to go to a medical doctor in emergent situations. Naturopathic doctors excel at treating chronic disease like high blood pressure, mood disorders, digestive conditions, skin conditions, fertility, painful periods, fibromyalgia, stress, arthritis etc.

What is the difference between acupuncture that a massage therapist or physiotherapist does and a naturopath does?

These practitioners all use TCM acupuncture points but naturopathic doctors have more extensive training in the traditional medicine diagnosis and are able to treat a wider range of conditions using acupuncture. If you are looking for trigger point therapy all these practitioners treat similarly. If you are looking to treat mood conditions, fertility, headaches etc with acupuncture a naturopathic doctor is highly trained to use acupuncture for these types of conditions.

Do naturopathic doctors treat sport injuries?

Yes, we treat all sorts of sports injuries including traumatic brain injury.  Generally our first step is to provide the specific nutrient combinations that will be required for the injured tissue to heal and then in some cases also utilize other naturopathic modalities such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy and homeopathic remedies as indicated. We also look at factors that could lead to re-injury and optimize these factors.

How much time would I get with the Naturopathic Doctor?

Unlike a visit to your medical doctor, when you see a naturopathic doctor you will spend a full hour in the first visit so that your ND can get down to the bottom of what is happening. In some cases you may need to get blood work or imaging done before arriving at a diagnosis. We take the time to listen to your concerns and your health goals. Your ND will create a health plan with you that works for you.

Are Naturopaths and Homeopaths the same?

No. Naturopathic doctors/ Naturopaths are trained in homeopathy and may use it as part of their practice but it is only one of many modalities they use. Naturopaths also use nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, do physical exams, read blood work/ lab results, perform spinal manipulations, diagnose medical conditions, prescribe herbs and supplements and more. Homeopaths are trained only in homeopathy.

Can my Naturopathic Doctor order a blood test for me?

Yes! Naturopathic doctors can order and interpret blood work. When a naturopath orders blood work it is not paid for by the province like it would be from a medical doctor but your extended health plan may cover lab work.

Would Dr. Erin Esau, ND prescribe pharmaceutical drugs?


Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by insurance?

Many extended health coverage plans include naturopathic medicine. Check your plan and see what your benefits are.

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