Often referred to as the general practitioners of the holistic medical world, Naturopathic Doctors are trained in a variety of therapeutic systems.
Phytotherapy (aka Herbalism, Botanical Medicine)
Whole plants and plant extracts may be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. As opposed to pharmaceuticals – many of which are potent synthetic versions of plants – a whole herb contains numerous constituents that balance each other out leaving few side effects when administered in a safe dose. Although rooted in the past, the use of herbs as a medical modality remains relevant to modern medicine. NDs are trained in herb-herb and herb-drug interactions to ensure appropriate herbal prescriptions.
Forms in which herbs may be administered include capsules, tinctures, teas, powders, steam, and topicals.
Founded in Germany and currently used by physicians around the world, homeopathic remedies are gentle agents that act on the body energetically. Based on the principle “like treats like”, highly diluted substances trigger the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Remedies are selected on an individual basis. The advantage of homeopathic remedies is that they are safe to use during pregnancy, with children and they do not interact with pharmaceutical medications.
We all know that habits determine health. I provide guidance with respect to sleep routine, stress management, types of meditation, activity choices, environmental exposure assessment, natural products and more. Given the nature of a naturopathic appointment, I have the opportunity to discuss the best ways in which you can tweak your lifestyle habits for optimal health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
An entire system of medicine on its own, TCM has been practiced for over 2000 years. This system sees the body as a dynamic whole, cycling through the day, the seasons and a lifetime all in a predictable course. By assessing an individual’s specific constitution using questioning as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis, I use acupuncture with herbs to address the disharmony. As a result, symptoms fade and a sense of wellbeing is restored.
All needles are sterile, one-time use disposable and much finer than you might imagine.
The founders of natural medicine implemented very simple routines that they classified as Nature Cure: plenty of sunlight, fresh air, clean water and outdoor exercise. Elements of the physical world are essentially free. This does not diminish their therapeutic value and today they are lumped into the category of physical therapies.
The following are specific physical tools that I use for healing:
- cold laser therapy for inflammatory conditions including joint pain
- stretch and strength advice
- hydrotherapy: the use of water at varying temperatures to effect physiologic change
- spinal alignment
- gentle visceral manipulation for digestive concerns
- Infrared sauna for detoxification and weight loss
Diet and Nutritional Counseling
We have so many expressions that revolve around food, yet we struggle with choosing what, when and how much food we should put in our mouths.
No single diet is right for everyone. That being said, you can’t go wrong with whole foods! Naturopathic diet counseling is tailored on an individual basis. I can help to identify and address potential food sensitivities, implement and manage weight loss programs, as well as assist in identifying nutrient depletions and increased demand for specific nutrients in the body.