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People at all stages of life and health, from chronic conditions to those interested in disease prevention and achievement of optimal health, can benefit from Naturopathic care.

Naturopathic Consultations
The initial consultation is 1.5 hours for adults and 1 hour for children. This will include a review of the patient intake form, an in-depth history taking, review of laboratory tests and physical exam. An individualized treatment plan using a combination of the Naturopathic Modalities is prescribed at this time. Follow-up consultations are 30-45 minutes. Typically questions about a treatment protocol arise after the visit. There is no charge for brief phone consultations.  If you have health concerns that require more extensive counselling please schedule an appointment.

Note: The cost of Naturopathic Health care is a concern for most people since it is not covered by our Provincial Medicare plan. Many private health care plans will provide coverage for Naturopathic Services.

Acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncture treatments may be part of your treatment plan. Acupuncture protocols are based on Chinese medical philosophy and are performed using pre-sterilized single-use needles.

Saliva Hormone Testing
Hormone imbalance can lead to symptoms such as mood swings, lowered sex drive, hot flashes and chronic health problems. Saliva hormone testing may reveal these imbalances. While blood testing measures the amount of hormone that may reach the tissue and have an action, saliva hormone testing measures the amount of hormone that actually gets to the tissue because hormones must pass the tissue of the salivary glands to enter the saliva. Saliva hormone levels tend to correlate better with a patient’s symptoms. An initial consultation is not necessary to use this service but is it is recommended that results are reviewed and treatment is implemented under the care of a Naturopathic Doctor.

Hair Analysis for Heavy Metals
Research has shown that hair closely reflects the minerals the body contains.  Analysis of the hair can show the toxic minerals that have accumulated or the nutritional minerals that are deficient. Hair analysis collections kits are available and analysis may be recommended as part of a treatment plan.

On-Site Dispensary
The Island Wellness Centre has a dispensary of nutritional supplements and herbal tinctures.  The professional brands carried are of the highest quality to ensure that they maintain health and stimulate the healing process. Brands carried include Thorne, Genestra, Nordic Naturals, Scientific Botanicals, Signature and St Francis Organic Herbs.

Home Visits
Naturopathic consultations at one’s residence are available for elderly or physically challenged individuals. The place of residence must be in Charlottetown or surrounding areas.

Community Education
Education is an important part of Naturopathic Medicine. Gretchen Maclean N.D. would be happy to share a Naturopathic perspective on health related topics to interested community groups.