Table 1

Most common treatments, testing, and treated conditions advertised on Alberta and BC naturopath clinics' websites.

Alberta (53 clinic websites)

British Columbia (53 clinic websites*)


Treatments

53 Total

Top ten:

56 Total

Top ten:

1. Homeopathy (50, 94%)

1. Botanical Medicine (45, 85%)

2. Clinical Nutrition (49, 93%)

2. Clinical Nutrition (44, 83%)

3. Botanical Medicine (47, 89%)

3. Homeopathy (42, 79%)

4. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (44, 83%)

4. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (40, 76%)

5. Lifestyle Counseling (38, 72%)

5. Lifestyle Counseling (31, 59%)

6. Detoxification or Biotherapeutic Drainage (27, 51%)

6. Detoxification or Biotherapeutic Drainage (24, 45%)

7. Massage (26, 49%)

7. IV Therapies (22, 41%)

8. Hydrotherapy (24, 45%)

8. Bowen Technique (19, 36%)

9. Chiropractics and/or Cranial Sacral Manipulation (23, 43%)

9. Chiropractics and/or Cranial Sacral Manipulation (17, 32%)

10. IV Therapies (20, 38%)

10. Neural Therapy (15, 28%)


Testing or Lab Analysis

43 Total

Top ten:

42 Total

Top ten:

1. Allergy Testing (24, 45%)

1. Heavy Metal Testing/Chelation Therapy (23, 43%)Hormone Testing (23, 43%)

2. Hormone Testing (23, 43%)

2. Allergy Testing (22, 42%)

3. Heavy Metal Testing/Chelation Therapy (20, 38%)

3. Blood Work (14, 26%)

4. Urinalysis (14, 26%)

4. VEGA (Electro-dermal testing) (13, 25%)

5. Bio Impedence Analysis (10, 19%) Hair Analysis (10, 19%)

5. Urinalysis (12, 23%)

Hair Analysis (12, 23%)

6. Adrenal Testing (9, 17%)

Blood Work (9, 17%)

6. Blood Typing (11, 21%)

7. VEGA (Electro-dermal testing) (6, 11%)

Live Blood Cell Analysis (6, 11%)

Thyroid Testing (6, 11%)

Bowel Toxicity (6, 11%)

7. Gynecological Exam (10, 19%)

Annual Physical Exam (10, 19%)

8. Breast Exams (5, 9%)

Blood Typing (5, 9%)

Gynecological Exam (5, 9%)

Neurotransmitter Testing (5, 9%)

8. Stool Analysis (9, 17%)

9. Annual Physical Exam (4, 7.5%)

Genomic Testing (4, 7.5%)

9. Parasite Testing (7, 13%)

10. Estrogen Metabolism Testing (3, 6%)

Zinc Tally Testing (3, 6%)

Body Composition Testing (3, 6%)

Parasite Testing (3, 6%)

10. Thyroid Testing (6, 11%)

Adrenal Testing (6, 11%)

Bio Impedence Analysis (6, 11%)


Ailments Treated**

40 Total

Top ten:

43 Total

Top ten:

1. Allergies (32, 60%)

1. Allergies (25, 47%)

2. Digestive Disorders (28, 53%)

2. Women's Health (24, 45%)

3. Pain (Chronic and acute) (26, 49%)

Women's Health (26, 49%)

3. Digestive Disorders (19, 36%)

4. Fatigue, Low Energy (25, 47%)

Weight Management/Obesity (25, 47%)

4. Cardiovascular Issues (18, 34%)

5. Fertility Issues (24, 45%)

Cardiovascular Issues (24, 45%)

5. Fatigue, Low Energy (17, 32%)

Weight Management/Obesity (17, 32%)

6. Skin Disorders (22, 42%)

Headaches/Migraines (22, 42%)

6. Diabetes (14, 26%)

7. Diabetes (21, 40%)

Sport Injuries (21, 40%)

7. Pain (Chronic and Acute) (13, 25%)

Skin Disorders (13, 25%)

Arthritis (13, 25%)

Cold and Flu (13, 25%)

8. Autoimmune Diseases (20, 38%)

Chronic Illnesses (20, 38%)

Arthritis (20, 38%)

8. Autoimmune Diseases (12, 23%)

Depression/Anxiety (12, 23%)

Fertility Issues (12, 23%)

Menopause (12, 23%)

Sport Injuries (12, 23%)

Fibromyalgia (12, 23%)

9. Menopause (19, 36%)

Pre- and Post-natal Health (19, 36%) Fibromyalgia (19, 36%)

9. Cancer (11, 21%)

Stress (11, 21%)

10. Cancer (18, 34%)

10. Thyroid Problems (10, 19%)

Headaches/Migraines (10, 19%)


* There are 191 clinic websites listed for BC. We chose a random sample of 53 clinics to match the number of Alberta clinic websites we examined.

**This includes specific ailments or conditions that were named, but many websites finish their lists with: "and many more" or "This is only a sampling of conditions treated at our centre", or some claim, "Naturopathic Physicians work with virtually all acute and chronic conditions".

Caulfield and Rachul Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2011 7:14   doi:10.1186/1710-1492-7-14

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