Naturopathic doctor consulting with a patient

Consultation

A consultation begins with a discussion about your core issues and goals. Dr. Botsford will conduct a head-to-toe review of your body’s symptoms, to ensure nothing is missed. We then proceed with deciding on natural pain solutions. 

Dr. Botsford will review any relevant blood work or imaging (ultrasound, MRI etc) that has already been ordered by your family doctor. Together, you and Dr. Botsford will decide if further testing is required. Learn more about laboratory testing services here.

Once enough information is collected (usually in the first visit) Dr. Botsford will communicate the first step of your treatment plan. Usually, this treatment plan spans over 4-6 weeks, depending on the goals and concerns. After the first phase of the treatment plan is completed, a check-up appointment with Dr. Botsford will be completed to make sure things are improving. When improvements are made, you will be advised to move onto the next step of the plan.

Healing can take time. Often symptoms are related, for example, fatigue and poor digestion often go hand in hand. If digestion is compromised, your system may not get all the nutrients you need to feel energized. Healing the digestive system will lead to an increase in energy levels. 


Food as a way to heal

Nutritional Counselling & Supplement Recommendations

Wondering if your nutritional choices are impacting your health? Dr. Botsford can examine your diet and provide insight into how your body is reacting to it. Nutritional counselling in Edmonton is commonly requested by patients who are pregnant, undergoing cancer treatments and who have diabetes. 

Dr. Botsford will start by examining the patient’s eating habits, when they eat and the amount of activity they have during the day. From there, she will build a plan that can be implemented by the individual. 

Food can be medicine. Certain foods can contain nutrients that improve functions in the body. Dr. Botsford helps her patients to understand which foods may benefit them the most. 

As part of nutritional counselling, supplement recommendations can come into play. Supplement and vitamin recommendations will be recommended for their therapeutic effects.


Naturopathic doctor performing acupuncture

Acupuncture

Dr. Botsford practices Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. With your comfort and goals in mind, she uses acupuncture and other holistic remedies to balance the body. Dr. Botsford offers expertise in fertility acupuncture in Edmonton. 

Acupuncture can help:

  • Insomnia

  • Digestive dysfunction

  • Migraines 

  • PMS

  • Muscle pain

  • Fertility

  • Weight management 

  • Allergies

  • and much more

Interested in learning more? Book an appointment with Dr. Botsford.


Herbal Medicine Treatments Available

Herbal Medicine

Herbal (botanical) medicines are plant-based extracts that are made into and consumed by teas, liquids, dry powders and capsules. The carefully selected herbs are made into a natural remedy that is used to help the body to heal itself.

Herbal remedies can be used to help with depression, anxiety, inflammation, sleep and digestion. Dr. Botsford will create customized herbal medicine treatment plan for each of her patients and will account for any allergies or food sensitivities. 



Naturopathic doctor administering IV therapy

Injections

Dr. Botsford administers a variety of injections on site at Green Apple Health Care. Injections include B-vitamins, IV Therapy and Prolotherapy for joint pain.