Naturopathic Medicine

Natural Remedies to Help the Body Heal Itself.

Naturopathic Medicine in Hamilton

The discipline of Naturopathic Medicine is regulated in the province of Ontario. It is a primary-contact discipline with no medical referral necessary for an appointment. Naturopathic Medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to assist the body in healing itself. The goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to treat the person as a whole – body, mind, and spirit. It aims to identify the root cause of an illness and heal from within rather than treat only the symptoms in isolation.

At Durand Health, our Naturopathic Doctors can assess and diagnose many medical conditions and guide our patients through a complete care plan. Treatments may include one or a combination of evidence-based and effective treatments. Rest assured that you will be educated on the goals of your treatment plan and how the methods work.

Key Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Identify and Treat the Root Cause: Instead of just alleviating symptoms, naturopathic practitioners aim to identify and address the underlying causes of illness. This often involves considering lifestyle, diet, emotional well-being, and environmental influences.

  • First, Do No Harm: Naturopathic medicine prioritizes using treatments with the least potential for harmful side effects and avoids interventions that could hinder the body’s natural healing processes.

  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic doctors take a holistic approach, considering not only physical symptoms but also mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person’s health.

  • Prevention: Naturopathic medicine emphasizes preventive care and educates patients about healthy lifestyle choices that can help them maintain well-being and prevent illness.

  • Doctor as Teacher: Naturopathic practitioners see themselves as educators, providing patients with the knowledge and tools they need to take control of their health.

  • Individualized Treatment: Treatment plans are tailored to each patient’s unique circumstances, considering their medical history, genetics, lifestyle, and preferences.

What Type of Treatments Do Naturopathic Doctors Provide?

  • Nutritional Counselling & Support
  • Homeopathy Prescription
  • Prevention & Lifestyle Counselling
  • Acupuncture
  • Supplements & Nutraceuticals
  • Botanicals & Herbal Medicine
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture
  • Blood Work & Functional Medicine Tests

Our Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Crysana Copland strives to help each patient by improving their symptoms and identifying the underlying cause of their health issues.

Vitamin B12 Injections

Vitamin B12 injections are a medical treatment involving the injection of vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, into the body. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in various bodily functions, including nerve function, red blood cell production, DNA synthesis, and the metabolism of fatty acids and amino acids. It’s primarily found in animal products like meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.

Vitamin B12 injections are typically administered in cases where individuals have a deficiency of this vitamin. Deficiency can occur due to various reasons, such as:

  1. Dietary Restrictions: People following strict vegetarian or vegan diets are at a higher risk of B12 deficiency since the vitamin is mainly found in animal-derived foods.

  2. Malabsorption Issues: Some medical conditions, such as pernicious anemia, celiac disease, and certain gastrointestinal disorders, can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 from food.

  3. Aging: As people age, their ability to absorb vitamin B12 from food may decrease.

  4. Certain Medications: Some medications can reduce B12 absorption.

Vitamin B12 Injection Benefits

  • Addressing Deficiency Symptoms: Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to various symptoms, such as fatigue, weakness, anemia, difficulty concentrating, tingling or numbness in extremities, and even mood disturbances. Administering B12 injections can help alleviate these symptoms.
  • Boosting Energy Levels: Since vitamin B12 is essential for red blood cell formation and the efficient functioning of the nervous system, correcting a deficiency can lead to improved energy levels and reduced feelings of fatigue.

  • Supporting Nerve Health: Adequate levels of B12 are crucial for maintaining healthy nerve cells. Deficiency can lead to nerve damage, causing symptoms like numbness, tingling, and even difficulty walking.

  • Supporting Mental Health: Some studies suggest a potential link between vitamin B12 deficiency and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Correcting the deficiency may contribute to better mental well-being.

  • Enhancing Metabolism: Vitamin B12 metabolizes carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Adequate B12 levels can help support a healthy metabolism.

  • Improving Cognitive Function: Some research indicates that maintaining sufficient B12 levels might positively affect cognitive function and memory, especially in older adults.

It’s important to note that while vitamin B12 injections can be beneficial for those with a confirmed deficiency, they may not offer significant benefits for individuals with normal B12 levels. Dr. Tolton can perform tests to determine your B12 levels and recommend the appropriate treatment based on your individual needs.

Collaborative Care

Our Naturopathic Medicine Practitioners will work collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners within the clinic, including physicians, chiropractors, TCM practitioners, registered acupuncturists, massage therapists, and counsellors, to best manage your health needs. Please inquire for more information.


Practitioners Offering Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Crysana Copland

Naturopathic Doctor, B.Sc.


✅ Sport & Life
✅ Concussion
✅ Chronic Pain
✅ Skin Health

Dr. Crysana Copland, ND, is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor. She has a B.Sc. specializing in Human Kinetics and graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2020 with a Doctor of Naturopathy. During her 4th year clinical rotation, she participated in the Sports Medicine focus shift. Dr. Copland’s clinical interests include performance in sports and life, concussion, and chronic pain, along with many other conditions. She uses nutrition and lifestyle medicine, botanical herbs, nutraceuticals, acupuncture, and more in her treatments. She believes strongly in cooperative, patient-centred care, as every person’s life, health goals, and needs are individual.


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