Your Holistic Naturopathic Doctor in San Francisco
Improve your whole self, treat underlying causes, and live the healthiest life possible through natural remedies.
Although Dr. Victoria Chan is based in San Francisco, she helps people in all states and countries through telemedicine and online health consultations.
Meet Dr. Victoria Chan, San Francisco’s Holistic Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Chan, a survivor of her own struggles with mental health, finally met a Naturopathic Doctor after working with 13 other medical doctors. The experience not only changed her life, fixed the underlying cause of her issues, and completely healed her ailments, but it also inspired her to study Naturopathic Medicine and become a ND.
She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University, earned bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Human Resources from The University of Hong Kong, is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of California, and has been invited to be a Board Member of The Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
She helps people, including locals in the San Francisco area where she is based, with depression, chronic stress, sleep disorders, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, fatigue, schizophrenia, and more, and she would love to help you overcome your struggles and start to thrive in your professional and personal life.
Learn more about Dr. Chan’s medical and health consultation processes then reserve your Discovery Call to begin your healing.
Why Work With a Naturopathic Doctor Over a Medical Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors and Medical Doctors are both licensed healthcare physicians. Although much of their education and training overlaps, they have different specialities and approaches to healthcare.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians and receive at least 4 years of doctorate education and clinical training at a nationally-accredited Naturopathic Medical School where they learn the same biomedical sciences in as much depth as traditional medical schools but are also medically-trained in natural therapies, holistic approaches to health, and disease prevention.
They use evidence-based natural treatments such as nutraceutical supplements, herbal medicine, counseling, physical medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling. They are also trained in pharmaceuticals, clinical injections, and minor surgery like Medical Doctors. This gives Naturopathic Doctors a wide range of tools to prescribe personalized treatment plans that balance the most effective therapies with what's the least harmful for each specific patient.
Besides diagnosing and treating illnesses, Naturopathic Doctors also focus on treating root causes, preventing illnesses, treating the whole person, and promoting wellness. They're also trained in analyzing and educating their patients on specialty functional medicine labs.
In short, as a holistic Naturopathic Doctor, I will help identify the root causes behind your wellness issues, identify personalized remedies for your ailments (including alternative and natural treatments), and help you prevent further issues and future flair-ups.
Examples: How Holistic Doctors Might Treat Common Mental and Physical Health Issues
Please note that these treatments may vary depending on the individual case, and it's important to have an assessment and diagnosis from a licensed doctor.
Treating a Hypothetical Depression Patient
Firstly, I will comprehensively investigate and analyze a patient’s holistic health to discover the depression’s root causes. Besides neurotransmitters (chemicals that affect mood), depression can be caused by problems with hormones, digestion, thyroid, inflammation, allergies, nutritional deficiency, detoxification, medication side effects, seemingly-benign supplements you can buy over the counter, or many other reasons.
A holistic Naturopathic Doctor may recommend effective natural treatments depending on your root causes.
For instance, I may recommend a diet rich in certain fruits, vegetables, and fish (omega-3 fatty acids can lessen depression), or advise on cutting back on processed and sugary foods (which can contribute to brain inflammation). Perhaps consuming more probiotics or lessening alcohol (a depressant) can relieve your depression.
Also, herbal and nutraceutical supplements can be effective against depression. For instance, did you know that saffron has been shown in clinical studies to reduce depression ? Or did you know that S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) has similar benefits as depression medications in multiple studies?
I can also recommend lifestyle changes that will significantly improve a patient’s mental and physical state. Sometimes one can train the brain to send desirable signals to the rest of the body purely through certain exercise regimens, sleep, and more.
How a Naturopathic Doctor Might Treat Anxiety
As a doctor focused on treating your health holistically, a Naturopathic Doctor may recommend blood testing and lab work to test for nutrient deficiency, thyroid issues, adrenal gland stress, and other underlying causes. The difference is that rather than only recommending pharmaceutical products to mask the symptoms, an alternative medicine practitioner would dig into your diet, supplements, sleep, and other lifestyle considerations to fix the root problem.
Patients Dr. Chan Works With in San Francisco
There are nearly 200,000 lawyers in the state of California, hundreds of thousands of FAANG employees, and many entrepreneurs, finance professionals, and other citizens working in critical, high stress roles. You may feel like you can’t keep up with the mental weight of your career or personal life, or perhaps you feel like your health is suffering because of stress, lack of sleep, or other causes. Dr. Victoria Chan is highly qualified to help you, and she will take your concerns and health problems seriously.
Contact a Holistic Naturopathic Doctor Based in San Francisco Today
Whether you live in Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, Nob Hill, or even another city or state, Dr. Chan is able to help you wherever you live through online consultations. Your health concerns will be treated seriously, and Dr. Chan will use her vast knowledge of health, natural and allopathic medicines, and holistic strategies to optimize your health and treat the underlying cause of your ailments.
She looks forward to discussing your health concerns to provide the solutions and healing you deserve. To begin, you may read about her medical and health consultation processes then set up an appointment for your Discovery Call at your earliest convenience.