Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary healthcare that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of healing. Integrating standard medical diagnosis, Naturopathic Doctors work to address the root cause of illness and prevent disease, rather than treating or suppressing symptoms.

Dr. Hornyak has 8 years of post-secondary education, as Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated and are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine in Ontario.

Dr. Hornyak works in collaboration with your medical doctor as well as chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and registered massage therapists.  Dr. Hornyak values the strengths and healthcare contributions of other health care practitioners.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

  • First Do No Harm – Naturopathic Doctors follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
  • Identify and Treat the Causes – Naturopathic Doctors seek to identify and to remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or suppress symptoms.
    • Methods and medicines, which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least, force necessary to diagnose and treat.
    • Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms.
    • Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual’s self-healing process.
  • Doctor as Teacher – Naturopathic Doctors share information and knowledge with their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health.
  • Treat the Whole Person – Naturopathic Doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors.
  • Emphasize Prevention – Naturopathic Doctors accentuate prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients.
  • Support the Healing Power of the Body – Naturopathic Doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and increase our inherent self-healing process.

Naturopathic Doctor’s Oath

I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of naturopathic medicine.

Be precept, education and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our plant for ourselves and future generations.  I will continually endeavour to improve my abilities.  I will conduct my life and practice of naturopathic medicine with integrity and freedom from prejudice.  I will keep confident what should not be divulged.

I will honour the principles of naturopathic medicine:

  • First, to do no harm.
  • To co-operate with the healing powers of nature.
  • To address the fundamental causes of disease.
  • To heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
  • To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.

With my whole heart, before these witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.

Why see Dr. Andrea Hornyak, N.D.?

  1. Dr. Hornyak has been practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor for over 15 years and has extensive experience treating a variety of symptoms and conditions.
  2. Dr. Hornyak will focus on determining the root cause of your symptoms and thereby help to restore your health. *For example, if you suffer from headaches, Dr. Hornyak will take information from your health history, as well as physical examination and laboratory analysis in order to find and help eliminate the contributing factors that are causing you pain, not just treating the symptoms, so your headaches do not return. Once your headaches are relieved, she will review your semi-annual blood test results in order to keep you healthy and prevent future illness.*
  3. Dr. Hornyak will take the time to listen to you, establish where your health is now, and how to achieve your health goals. This is your road map to a happy and healthy future life!
  4. Naturopathic Medicine has minimal side effects. Dr. Hornyak is trained to identify possible drug/herb interactions based on your current medications.

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