The CCNM Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic is operated by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) through collaboration with the William Osler Health System and Central West Local Health Integration Network. Naturopathic medicine addresses the root causes of illness. It supports the body's own healthy ability using treatments and prevention techniques that include acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine (such as massage and hydrotherapy), clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, and lifestyle counseling.
 
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are health care providers and are qualified to see and treat everyone, though some NDs focus in specific areas, such as cancer care, sports medicine, digestive health, pain management, etc. 
We help people of all ages and health histories who want to take their health into their own hands.

At BNTC,  senior clinic interns work under the direct supervision of regulated NDs to deliver naturopathic health care. Our patients receive the naturopathic health care they need while BNTC interns gain valuable clinical experience. Some of the modalities and therapies that our interns and supervisors use include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), botanical medicine, physical medicine (massage, hydrotherapy, etc.), nutrition, lifestyle counselling. TCM is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for thousands of years and incorporates acupuncture, acupressure, diet, massage, and Asian herbs and foods. TCM in its various outputs is often used to treat back pain, fatigue, nausea, migraines and other chronic pain concerns, allergies, skin problems, urinary tract infections, immune deficiencies, chronic fatigue, and respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, etc.) According to TCM, when your energy flow, or Qi (pronounced “chi”) is out of balance, your body cannot adapt to stress, making you more likely to develop chronic illness and pain. TCM seeks to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the circulation of Qi and balancing the forces of yin and yang energy. A harmonious flow of Qi, achieved by balancing cold and heat, internal and external, yin and yang, will help sustain long-term physical, mental and emotional health.

Botanical medicine utilizes diverse plant substances from around the world for their powerful healing and nutritional values. People have long used thousands of indigenous plants for treatment of various ailments. The flowers, roots, leaves or oils of a plant may be used in a therapy, which may take the form of teas, tinctures, ointments, essential oils, and supplements. It is important to note that some herbal remedies have the potential to cause adverse drug interactions when used in combination with various prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals - NDs at BNTC will carefully review a patient's current health situation before recommending a specific botanical remedy or combination. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Like medicines and drugs, foods affect the way your body functions: some foods help you heal, while others damage your body and contribute to chronic illness. A healthy diet–consisting of the right balance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants, fibre and amino acids–is the most important tool for your body to manage stress and prevent and recover from illness. Clinicians at BNTC can recommend dietary changes to support healthy living and treat any underlying conditions through nutrient-rich foods and nutritional supplements. 

Physical medicine works in two ways. Firstly, it restores structural soundness to the skeletal system, joints, and soft tissue. Secondly, it builds immunity and supports healing and detoxification. Lifestyle counselling, in conjunction with other naturopathic therapies, can provide support for those dealing with depression, fatigue, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), work-related stress, relationship issues, life transitions, and health problems, particularly chronic health problems. To achieve the best results from your naturopathic treatment, patients should understand and practice the principles of healthy living. By helping to identify and adjust the habits that contribute to ill health, your NDs can help maintain wellness over the long term. Mental attitudes and emotions are important elements in overall health and should be considered when treating illness and disease. As part of their education, NDs are trained in various counselling techniques.