Health and wellness, naturally.
Naturopathic medicine (also known as naturopathy) is a primary health care system founded on the honored medical principal that nature heals. Our bodies have the inherent ability to maintain and restore health. The naturopathic doctor’s role is to support this endeavor using remedies and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.
Naturopathic doctors utilize treatments with minimal risks of harmful side effects. Health or diseases result from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors. In naturopathic medicine, the physician treats the whole person by taking all of these factors into account and by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery.
Naturopathic medicine is more than 100 years old. Its roots, however, date back through medical history to the healing wisdom of many cultures and times. It is recognized and licensed as a distinct medical profession.
In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited naturopathic medical programs, standardized North American Board Exams (NPLEX) and jurisdictional exams, national standards of practice and regulation in five provinces to date.
For more specific information on the regulations of naturopathic medicine in the province of Ontario, please visit: https://www.collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca
Dr. Lei Gu Bsc. ND
After working in the pharmaceutical industry for a year post graduating from the University of Toronto, I decided to go back to school to pursue my passion in health care. I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and have been in practice for over 13 years.
I spent the most recent 6 years of practice working with cancer patients at an integrative medicine clinic. Working with this patient population has been and continues to be the most rewarding and humbling experience for me as a clinician. I have had the opportunity to work with patients not typically seen at naturopathic practices. This allowed me to see limitations of both conventional as well as naturopathic approaches. For patients to achieve the best possible outcome, an integrative approach is necessary.
Over the years, I have also developed a new level of appreciation for the importance of disease prevention. While not all diseases can be prevented given the best efforts, small, sustainable changes over long periods of time can have a significant impact on risk reduction as well as improvement in outcomes.
I am also a wife and a mother to two young children, I am always striving to walk the (naturopathic) walk. There is certainly always room for improvement. However, I do believe that I have much to share with other women juggling with the same challenges on a daily basis.
I would be honoured to share all that I have learned both as a healthcare provider as well as a career woman with a family to help each and every one of my patients achieve the best possible health.