Dr Maria Shapoval

Naturopathic Doctor

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

Parkinson's disease

Video: Parkinson’s Disease and Gut Microflora

I hope you enjoy this video on Parkinson’s disease and the role that gut bacteria may play in the development of this condition. A word of caution, the research behind this information is based on the recent animal studies. In this case, the animals were genetically engineered to have too much alpha-synuclein. This is the … Continued

Bacteria of Digestive Tract May Promote Development of Parkinson’s disease

Bacteria of the digestive tract influence the development of Parkinson’s disease Parkinson’s disease affects nearly 2% of the population over age 65. It is becoming a growing concern as more and more baby boomers advance in age. The condition is characterized by slowing of movement, difficulty walking, gait abnormalities, muscle rigidity and tremor, difficulty of … Continued

Ketogenic Diet for Parkinson’s Disease

Ketogenic diet may improve motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease. According to a small uncontrolled study (n=7) and a several animal studies the ketogenic diet has potential to improve mitochondrial function, which is implicated in Parkinson’s disease. What is Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet was developed in the early 1920’s and demonstrated remarkable effect … Continued

Detoxification Program for the Mind

7-Day Detoxification Program The 7-Day Detoxification Program will flush out toxic thoughts, heavy feelings and clear the mind.¬† Walking through the¬†sunlight streets of Toronto on this warm spring day I can’t help but notice the discrepancy between my thoughts and the beauty around me. Work drama, the latest radio news, tomorrow’s to do lists, next … Continued

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