Vancouver Naturopathic Doctors
We Are Downtown Vancouver Naturopaths Who Focus On Digestive Health
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – Testing & Treatment
We are a family of Naturopathic Doctors focused on digestive health treatments. We use our gift of natural medicine to bring solutions that truly empower our patients. Patients come to receive the knowledge, inspiration, and transformation that they want and deserve.
We receive praise for our authentic desire to be of service and for effectively guiding our patients to definite results that cascade throughout all areas of their lives. Our drive comes from overcoming our own health challenges and a deep desire to prevent or alleviate unnecessary suffering. Health truly is our greatest wealth, yet too often people wait until they experience a health crisis to make a change for the better. Our Naturopathic Doctors honour our patients by understanding who they are and where they are at this time, and we implement effective strategies at a pace that is sustainable.
Naturopaths Who Do Things Differently
We do things differently at Aumakua… we are not your average Naturopathic clinic. We take charge of our patients health, and we lovingly hold them accountable for showing up and putting in the work. We are serious about what we do, and every single patient that walks through our doors becomes a part of our Ohana.
We found inspiration in the Hawaiian tradition of the ‘Aumakua’, who are ancestral spirit guides that are known to be advisors and healers that protect the ‘ohana’ (family). It is our greatest honour to carry that philosophy in all that we do.
Our focus is digestive health. We only treat with the tools that we trust and know have the most leverage. We practice foundational health and we know that your digestive tract impacts and influences everything from your skin to your mood, hormones, and energy levels. Inflammation and even your ability to handle physical or emotional stress have roots that lead to your digestion.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment & Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Testing
At Aumakua, we specifically treat digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Stress increases the release of cortisol and other hormones that suppress the immune system, interrupt digestion, and alter the good bacteria living in your digestive tract. These malfunctions then impact your ability to manage stress, it all has a domino effect on your body and digestion is at the core of it all.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is of particular interest to us because most patients are rarely given proper diagnoses or any hope of healing. Up to 84% of patients who are diagnosed with IBS actually have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and the two conditions share a lot of the same symptoms. We have found that testing for bacterial overgrowth has been paramount in treating both conditions.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
How we work:
Our patients can expect a warm and welcoming environment that feels like home, as we have an attentive team that has our patients best interest at heart.
We start with our 4-Point Diagnostic Assessment that gives our Naturopathic Doctors a baseline perspective on your cardiovascular system, central nervous system, metabolism, and liver health. As part of treatment, our patients can expect us to use professional laboratory tests, professional grade supplements, and specialized nutritional support.
We have absolute commitment and enthusiasm for our mission and welcome patients who are ready to take a walk with us.
Common Naturopathic Treatment Questions
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by Extended Benefits?
Yes, in Vancouver, Naturopathic Medicine is covered under most extended health care plans, health trusts, health spending accounts, and it can be a tax deduction under a medical expense. As we do not have knowledge of individual plans, please ensure to ask your benefits provider for details about inclusions.
How long does treatment take?
It is important to remember that each individual is unique and everybody is at different stages. However, you can expect about six to twelve months of treatment. Phase one lasts anywhere from three to six months and is focused on the eradication of harmful parasites, bacteria, viruses, yeasts, food sensitivities, and other imbalances. Phase two can range between three and six months and is focused on rebuilding and strengthening the gut, digestion, hormone, and immune systems.
At Aumakua, we have created our own lane and are loving it. We know good things come to those who are committed to taking action towards a brighter future. It’s our greatest honour to do what we love and use our Naturopathic gifts to give your body what it needs so that you can live a more fulfilling day to day life. Welcome to Aumakua, welcome to our family.