Ontario Bioidentical Specialist – Shawna Darou, N.D.
Shawna Darou, N.D. at Darou Wellness is an Ontario Bioidentical Specialist that incorporates her advanced knowledge of Naturopathic Medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy into powerful healing solutions for patients.
Shawna Darou, N.D.’s passion for Naturopathic and Anti-Aging Medicine has allowed her to combine the best of each medical modality, creating an integrated approach to healing a symptom or condition.
Taking a patient centered approach, Shawna Darou, N.D. takes the time to listen to the patient’s full medical history, symptoms, genetic factors, and lifestyle habits in order to design a comprehensive treatment plan.
Serving patients in the Queen West area, Shawna Darou, N.D.’s customized programs have helped countless women to greatly improve their overall health, while overcoming the consequences of aging and hormonal decline.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine uses elements from traditional medicine and combines them with natural and alternative medicine therapies, when they are applicable, to help patients overcome the challenges of a health condition. Practitioners of Naturopathic Medicine are able to diagnose diseases using diagnostic tests that a traditional practitioner would use; however, the difference between a Naturopathic practitioner and a doctor that practices traditional medicine is in the method of treatment.
Commonly, traditional medicine practitioners prescribe drugs for each different symptom or ailment without assessing the patient’s lifestyle, emotional states, or environmental factors. However, a Naturopathic Medicine practitioner looks at the person as a whole when treating an ailment, and they have different tools to use in the treatment of the disease. Often, Naturopathic physicians utilize healing methods such as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, botanical medicine, acupuncture, herbs, and homeopathy.
Naturopathic Medicine is founded on a variety of different principles, and this medical modality places an emphasis on prevention and natural therapies. The first principle of Naturopathic Medicine is to treat the root cause of a health concern, which means taking the time to find the source of a health problem. Secondly, Naturopathic physicians utilize the healing power of nature, and they commonly use natural substances to reduce or improve conditions. The next principle of Naturopathic Medicine is to do no harm, which means using substances that will produce few to no side effects, listening to the patient, and avoiding the suppression of symptoms. Another principle is to treat the whole person; Naturopathic physicians assess physical, mental, and emotional states of a patient’s wellbeing. The last principle is to teach patients about their health and help them to be proactive throughout their healing process.
As a Naturopathic physician, Shawna Darou, N.D. employs these important principles into her practice, while using the most advanced therapies and evidence based treatment protocols to give patients maximum health benefits.
Naturopathic Medicine & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a natural therapy for hormone supplementation that Naturopathic physicians, such as Shawna Darou, N.D. commonly use to treat hormonal imbalances and conditions related to hormonal decline. Extracted from soy and yam products, Bioidentical Hormones are identical to the hormones produced in the human body. A unique benefit to using Bioidentical Hormones as opposed to other forms of hormone replacement is that the body cannot tell the difference between the hormones it produces and the Bioidentical Hormones. Because of their identical molecular structure to human hormones, they can often be used without side effects.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is in alignment with many of the principles of Naturopathic Medicine in that they most often do not harm the patient when they are used correctly, and they can prevent several consequences of hormonal deficiencies or imbalances. Some of the conditions that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent include estrogen dominance, breast or uterine cancer, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis.
Bioidentical Hormones also allow Naturopathic physicians to treat the root cause of a condition or illness. Because hormones control thousands of functions in the human body, imbalances can be the cause for numerous health problems. Supplementing the body with Bioidentical Hormones can eliminate the cause for conditions such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, thyroid disorders, muscle atrophy, and poor concentration.
I have been seeing Dr. Darou for the past year, for endometriosis. I have found her to be exceptionally compassionate, and extremely thorough – and love that she looks for and treats the root cause of the issue, not just the symptoms. After years of traditional endometriosis treatment from my family doctor and gynecologist, including years of medication and several surgeries, following Dr. Darou’s recommendations and overhauling my diet/looking at food sensitivities that have been causing inflammation, has drastically reduced my symptoms. I never thought I would get it under control, and it is now completely manageable. I am forever grateful and would highly recommend Dr. Darou!
What To Expect
Shawna Darou, N.D. at Darou Wellness will assess each patient’s individual health concerns, goals, and lifestyle factors before developing a treatment plan. She will test hormone levels to determine imbalances through blood, saliva, or urine tests. For patients that have imbalances, Dr. Darou will tailor a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy prescription designed to meet the patient’s exact needs. Because no two patients are alike, Dr. Darou understands that no two Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy prescriptions will be exactly the same.
To learn more about receiving a comprehensive and natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, contact Ontario Bioidentical Specialist, Shawna Darou, N.D. at Darou Wellness in the Queen West and Toronto area today to schedule a consultation!