Dr Maria Shapoval

Naturopathic Doctor

Is Medical Marijuana Effective Against Parkinson’s Disease?

CBD and Parkinson’s Disease Almost fifty percent of my patients inquire about medical marijuana for their Parkinson’s Disease at some point during the course of their condition. Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, is composed of over 400 different compounds. There are also different species of Cannabis, including C. sativa, C. indica and C. ruderalis. The percentages of these compounds … Continued

Is Low Vitamin D a Risk Factor for Uterine Fibroids?

Vitamin D may help treat uterine fibroids.  Uterine Fibroids   Uterine fibroids affect approximately 25 percent of women under the age of 30 and up to 40 percent of women older than 35, according to the Canadian Women’s Health Network.  These benign tumors vary in size and in the symptoms they produce. Women can suffer … Continued

De-Stressing in Nature or Shinyin-Yoku Outside My Doorsteps

Shinyin-Yoku is  “forest bathing”. This practice comes from the early 80’s of Japan and helps to relieve negative emotions, balance cortisol and release stress. It is a practice that incorporates the healing power of nature with stress management techniques and provides a way to connect to the environment. My recent experience: Pause… take a deep … Continued

Painful Cramps or Dysmenorrhea: A Few Naturopathic Treatments

Painful Cramps or Dysmenorrhea: A Few Naturopathic Treatments   Menstrual cramps can be quite painful and debilitating! Dysmenorrhea, which is the medical term for painful menstrual cramps, affects between 50 to 80 percent of women. While mild cramping can interfere with quality of life and cause the sufferer to reach for a painkiller like Advil … Continued

Naturopathic Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy in Diabetes

Diabetes & Peripheral Neuropathy Diabetic neuropathy can be treated with exercise, acupuncture, topical bitter melon, and other naturopathic approaches. Peripheral neuropathy affects between 30-50% of patients with diabetes. Patients can experience sensory loss, pain, unusual sensations and muscle weakness. As a result of sensory loss, patients may be unaware of minor scraps and cuts resulting … Continued

Scalp Acupuncture for Essential Tremor

Essential Tremor Scalp acupuncture can be effective for essential tremor. Essential tremor affects 2-3% of the population. The tremors may be mild, but can be severe enough to interfere with eating, writing and regular daily activities. Drug treatments include beta-blockers and anticonvulsants. Unfortunately these treatments are only effective in 50% of patients. Essential tremor has … Continued

Migraine Acupuncture Treatment: Acute & Prophylaxis

Migraine Acupuncture can help reduce acute symptoms of migraine as well as prevent relapses. Migraine affects close to 15% of the population and causes debilitating headaches that greatly interfere with quality of life! Migraine headaches can present with or without aura’s. Symptoms include one-sided muscle weakness, numbness, unusual sensations, visual changes, nausea, vomiting and many … Continued

Melatonin Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms

Melatonin for Hot Flushes   Melatonin supplementation helps manage hot flushes and night sweats that occur during menopause. Menopausal symptoms affect 50-75% of women and can last between 4-10 years. This causes a huge impact on the quality of life of many women and may even affect their health and cardiovascular risk. Recent study reports … Continued

Acupuncture Treatment for Heavy Bleeding in Fibroids

Acupuncture & Heavy Bleeding   Fibroids effect between 5 and 21 percent of the population. They can be asymptomatic or present with a variety of different symptoms including menorrhagia, very heavy menstrual flow (1). Acupuncture can help manage menorrhagia. Chronically heavy flow takes a toll on the body in both physiological and energetic terms. From … Continued

Insulin Resistance in Parkinson’s Disease

  Insulin Resistance in Parkinson’s Disease Insulin resistance is a characteristic of diabetes mellitus type II. Several studies point to elevated risk of Parkinson’s disease in patients suffering from diabetes. Recently, a research team in California looked into the insulin resistance within the Parkinson’s patients. These patients were not diagnosed with diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic … Continued

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