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In today's world, we are faced with many obstacles that prevent us from feeling our best. My focus is to use modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to restore health. My practice focuses on Pain Management and Fertility using Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition and Medicinal Herbs.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root causes of illness, and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. It supports your body's own healing ability using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.The strength and uniqueness of naturopathic medicine is founded on six principles:

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Danika Sicard ND, MS.Ac

Dr. Sicard began her career at the University of Ottawa completing an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics. This was the beginning of Danika’s particular interest in nutrition and healthy living. She began to incorporate concepts she had been taught into her daily life and experienced profound improvements in her general health, energy and state of mind. Danika decided then that her vocation lay in helping others to reach their health goals, prevent disease and to heal themselves.

Danika continued her studies and completed the four-year graduate degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She augmented her professional credentials with a Master of Science in Acupuncture granted by the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Dr. Sicard established her practice in Orleans and has been helping individuals to reach their health goals naturally for over six years. The relocation of her practice means that the communities of Orleans and Ottawa/Gatineau will now benefit from Danika’s extensive knowledge in naturopathic medicine and her heartfelt concern for the health of others.

Dr. Sicard combines ancient wisdom with modern theories to help individuals achieve balance in their daily lives. She offers direction and tools that will help you achieve your optimal state of health.


Natacha Montpellier B.Sc, ND

I've come to realize that one does not usually choose to become a Naturopathic Doctor when exploring career choices, but rather one falls into this career by happenstance. My journey into naturopathic medicine like many of my colleagues came as a complete surprise. I discovered naturopathic medicine during my Bachelor’s degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury where I was studying biomedical sciences with a focus in microbiology. At that point, I was considering a research career in microbiology; I knew nothing of naturopathic medicine or of its principles until a member of my family became ill.

Once I discovered Naturopathic medicine and it’s principles I was hooked. Naturopathic medicine empowers patients to take charge of their health to prevent illnesses, and when treatment is necessary it understands that one must treat the whole individual with safe and effective natural therapies.  It was only during my final year of my bachelor’s degree that I decided that a career in Naturopathic Medicine was my true calling.

Throughout my four years at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and provide naturopathic care to those in need, as well as teach the community methods on how to improve their health. I’ve worked with children and adolescences; people who are HIV+; people who are experiencing menstrual problems, hormonal irregularities and fertility difficulties; individuals seeking assistance with weight management; people with digestive disorders and liver conditions, as well as those who live with chronic pain.
 
I am very excited to be working alongside Dr. Danika Sicard at Orléans Naturopath providing Naturopathic care in French and English in Orléans. I treat a variety of health conditions including women's health, hormonal problems, digestive issues, and pain management.

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What is Dry Salt Therapy?

Dry Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is a natural, gentle, and drug-free approach for relieving respiratory and skin ailments.

Salt is naturally an anti-inflammatory substance, which helps reduce inflammation of the respiratory system and strengthen the immune system. It is beneficial as a remedy for current or ongoing symptoms, as well as for general health and increased immune resistance.

Dry Salt Therapy can be used independently or as an alternative, complementary method to drug-based or other holistic approaches. Using Dry Salt Therapy in conjunction may increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications and/or decrease the amount prescribed.

We use a pharmaceutical grade salt (99.99% dry sodium chloride), these small particles are ideal for absorption through the respiratory system and skin tissue.


Benefits

While no patient or case will yield the exact same results, dry salt therapy has brought revitalizing effects and offers benefits to adults and children who are searching for relief from ongoing chronic conditions.

Symptoms and conditions that can be improved by dry salt therapy may include:

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Cold/Flu
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear Infections
  • Eczema
  • Emphysema
  • Hay fever
  • Headaches
  • Psoriasis
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Smoker’s Cough
  • Snoring
  • Stress & Fatigue
  • Wheezing

Pricing

$45 per session (Adults)

$29 per session (Children)

Treatment duration: 20 minutes


Case Studies

  • 1. Long-Term Inhaled Hypertonic Saline for Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

    New England Journal of Medicine and Cystic Fibrosis

    http://www.nejm.org

    Aim:On January 19th, 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article, “A Controlled Trial of Long-Term Inhaled Hypertonic Saline in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis.”  (reference #354:3)

    Results:The primary outcome measure, the rate of change (slope) in lung function (reflected by the forced vital capacity [FVC], forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV 1], and forced expiratory flow at 25 to 75 percent of FVC [FEF 25–75]) during the 48 weeks of treatment, did not differ significantly between groups (P = 0.79). However, the absolute difference in lung function between groups was significant (P = 0.03) when averaged across all post-randomization visits in the 48-week treatment period.

    In the control group, the hypertonic-saline group had significantly higher FVC (by 82 ml; 95 percent confidence interval, 12 to 153) and FEV 1 (by 68 ml; 95 percent confidence interval, 3 to 132) values, but similar FEF 25–75 values.

    The hypertonic-saline group also had significantly fewer pulmonary exacerbations (relative reduction, 56 percent; P = 0.02) and a significantly higher percentage of patients without exacerbations (76 percent, as compared with 62 percent in the control group; P = 0.03). Hypertonic saline was not associated with worsening bacterial infection or inflammation.

    Conclusions: Patients who utilized hypertonic saline missed fewer days of school and work than those in the control group, had improved symptoms.  Hypertonic saline preceded by a bronchodilator is an inexpensive, safe, and effective additional therapy for patients with cystic fibrosis. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00271310.)

  • 2. Halotherapy as a Respiratory Remedy

    Journal of Aerosol Medicine 8(3): 221-232, Chervinskaya, A. &Zilber N. (1995)

    Aim: Administer Salt Therapy to group of patients with various types of chronic non-specific pulmonary diseases for treatment of respiratory diseases resulting in reduction or cancellation in bronchodilator and inhaled corticosteroid consumption.

    Study Size: 124 patients (54 males and 70 females) aged from 16 to 62 years.

    Additional Sample Information: All patients’ experienced prolonged exacerbation due to respiratory with 95% of the patients coughing, 47% of them had severe attacks of coughing with scanty viscous sputum. Additionally, 81% of the patients suffered asthma attacks and a third of them used combined medication to control attacks. Auscultation revealed harsh and weakened breathing, and dry rales in 58% of the patients.

    Methodology: Sixty percent of the study participants received a base therapy (beta-agonists, theophylline’s, chromoglycatenatrii, corticosteroids, etc.).The effect was insufficient and did not allow achievement of complete remission. The participants had not taken any antibacterial medicine.

    The control group was represented by 15 participants (7 females and 8 males) ages 18 to 56 years. Placebo course consisted only of 10 procedures of musical psycho-suggestive program with slides demonstration in an ordinary room.

    The participants’ condition was assessed through daily medical supervision including functional and laboratory tests made before and after Salt Therapy. Additional assessments were made every 7th day during the treatments as well. A series of examinations in the control group consisted of the tests similar to those for the main group of participants.

    Results: Following three to five sessions of Salt Therapy, 70-80% of the participants presented some improvements including:

    • Expectoration of a good amount of sputum it was less tenacious and easier to discharge
    • Better auscultator pattern of lungs
    • Less frequent coughing attacks or respiratory discomfort

    27% of participants with severe and moderate bronchial asthma experienced difficulty in bringing up phlegm and worsening of cough after 3-4 sessions.

    These manifestations seem to be due to the temporal bad bronchial drainage resulting from hyper secretion of mucus and discharge of old clots of secretion from bronchi of smaller diameter. Expiratory dyspnea appeared or became more pronounced in 18 participants (15% or cases) at different periods of Salt Therapy. Those were mainly the participants with exercise-induced asthma and aspirin-induced asthma. None of the participants complained of bad condition during the Salt Therapy procedures.By the end of the course of Salt Therapy all the patients indicated they felt better,slept well, had no weakness or fatigue, and their nervous system stabilized.

    Results:

    Clinical Symptoms Analysis Demonstrated:

    • Asthma attacks and respiratory discomfort cases decreased significantly as compared to the initial ones (81% and 52%, respectively, p<0.001).
    • Asthma attacks controlled by combined medication also decreased (32% and 2%, respectively, p<0.001).
    • Cases of coughing occurred more rarely (95% and 70%, respectively, p<0.001), coughing became easier and more productive, the amount of sputum reduced, it became mucosal.
    • Signs of vasomotor rhinitis decreased (61% and 24%, respectively p<0.001).
    • Corticosteroids were discontinued in 50 % (11 participants) of the participants with corticosteroid therapy (22 participants).
    • In 7 participants, inhaled corticosteroids prescribed as anti-inflammatory agents. They were able to reduce the dose.
    • 41 participants (60% who inhaled beta- agonists) were able to discontinue beta-agonists or reduce the dose.

    Conclusion:

    The clinical state of 85% of the patients with mild and moderate BA, 75 % with severe BA, 98%- with chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis improved after Salt Therapy. The patients were examined 6 and 12 months after the first Salt Therapy course. No aggravations of the disease were seen from the 3rd to the 12th month. The average duration of the remission was 7.6-0.9 m. Most of the patients (60%) used no medication and sought no medical advice.

    Halotherapy for Treatment of Bronchial Asthma

    Chervinskaya A.V. a leading Halotherapy expert, Silber N.A., Alexandrov A.N. Halotherapy for treatment of bronchial asthma (abstract) // XIV World Congress of Asthmology – Interasma 93, Israel. – 1993. – P. 59.

    Aim:Halotherapy (HT) is a method of treatment under conditions of an artificial salt cave microclimate. A therapeutic effect is stipulated by air-dispersed medium saturated with dry sodium chloride aerosol containing the dominating amount of 2 to 5 micron particles.  Additionally, a hypo bacterial and allergen free environment and comfortable humidified environment saturated with air-ions enhance the therapeutic effect.

    Study Size: Seventy-one patients (25M, 46F, average 39.1±2.4 years) each with various types of asthma.

    Methodology: The HT course comprised of 10-20 daily one-hour procedures.

    The drug treatment of 60% patients did not give full effect. A control group of 15 patients (8 male, 7 female, average 38.4±1.5 years) received placebo.

    Results: No side effects were observed during the course of HT. The clinical state of 85% patients with mild and moderate and 75% patients with severe asthma improved after HT. Forty seven percent of patients required fewer doses of drugs. The improvement in clinical state of patients was accompanied by positive dynamics in lung function tests. The changes in control group parameters after HT were not statistically significant.

    Conclusions: The results of HT application demonstrated its efficacy.

  • 3. Halotherapy for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases

    Chervinskaya A., Ponikowska, ActaBalneologica. – 2011. – LIII, N3 (125). – P.190.

    Aim: The main objective was to estimate the efficacy of inhaled dry sodium chloride aerosol (DSCA) in rehabilitation therapy (RT) of patients with COPD.

    Study Size:72 patients with moderate and mild stage of COPD. They were randomized in 2 groups – interventional group (21 males, 18 females, 60.3±10.8 years) and control group (22 males, 11 females, 58.5±8.9 years).

    Methodology: In this double blind placebo study, all patients received RT daily procedures of chest massage, light radiation, physical exercises. The interventional group were treated with the DSCA for 45 minutes twice daily for 14 days. DSCA containing particles with size of 1-5 µm and level of mass concentration in the room of 10-15 mg/m3 was produced by halogenerator GDA-01.17. The control group received placebo inhalations with room air instead of DSCA.

    Results: Improvements of clinical symptom scores were observed in the both groups after the course of RT (p<0.05), but in 3 months positive effect was noticed only in the interventional group(before – 13.8±5.4, after RT – 9.1±4.9, in 3 months – 9.6±4.3, p<0.05). Measures of Leicester Cough Questionnaire (LCQ) were changed significantly after RT only in patients of the interventional group received DSCA (35.2±5.2 and 52.4±6.3, p<0.05). Positive changes of physical functioning measures were observed (SF-16) in both groups after RT, but they have been kept till 3 month only in interventional group.

    Conclusions: Application of inhalations of DSCA on the background of the RT in patients with COPD renders to positive effect.

    Additional Links

    For additional research information about the therapeutic benefits of Halotherapy, please visit the following websites:

    Treatment of Sinusitis with Halotherapy:

    http://chervinskaya.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/27-DSCA_halotherapy_treatment_sinusitis_asthma_abs.pdf

    The Definitive Website for Halotherapy

    http://chervinskaya.com/

    Asthma Research

    http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15896/1/Salt-Therapy-for-Asthma.html

Rates

Naturopathic Medicine
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Initial Visit (1-1.5 hrs)
Adults $142
Student & Seniors (65+) $99
Children (0-13yrs) $75
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Follow-Up Visits (30-45 min)
Adults $70
Student & Seniors (65+) $70
Children (0-13yrs) $50

Acupuncture
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Adults, Students and Seniors
Initial Visit with Treatment (60 mins) $85
Single Treatments (45 mins) $65

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2179 Mer Bleue Rd • 2nd Floor • Orléans, ON • K4A 3T9

(613) 291-7575
info@danikasicard.com