Question: What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a trancelike state that resembles sleep that is induced by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist whose suggestions are readily accepted by their subject. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic context to aid physical or psychological ailments. The process includes visualizing and experiencing changes in either the mental, emotional, physical or spiritual levels of health with the aid of a “guide”, your hypnotherapist.
Question: What is a Naturopath?
A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is very similar to a General Practitioner (GP) medical doctor in their ability to diagnose and treat disease. The difference is in what treatments they use. A naturopathic doctor will by choice, use herbs, nutritional prescriptions and diet and lifestyle changes to treat disease or other health conditions while your Medical Doctor (MD) will usually use pharmaceutical prescriptions. Naturopaths prefer to treat with diet, lifestyle and herbs or
natural substances because they continue to adhere to the principle “first do no harm”.
Question: What is the advantage of herbs over pharmaceutical prescriptions(drugs)?
- Usually, but not always, there are less side-effects when using nature or natural substances. Many drugs (synthetic) were created to mimic the actions of natural and herbal ingredients.
- Improved health. Often drugs will help symptoms but not cure the disease. While natural medicines may also do this, the treatments are prescribed so that the disease cause may be healed, repaired or reversed, not just palliated or reduced.
- Great advantage over pharmaceuticals for treating chronic conditions.
Question: What conditions would benefit from Naturopathic medicine?
CFS, FMS, pain and inflammation, menstrual thyroid or hormonal disorders; all intestinal or digestive complaints; arthritis; diabetes and all metabolic disorders; cardiovascular health; ADD/ADHD and Autism/Aspberger spectrum disorders; allergies; some mood disorders to name just a few!
Question: What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an approach to healing developed over 3000 years ago, based on classical Chinese medical texts. Treatment is centered on the individual rather than on the disease. In TCM (as in naturopathic medicine), the mental, emotional and physical are interrelated to create a picture of the whole person. Disease is viewed through visual inspection, interview, pulses and palpation. Acupuncturists use every fine, sterile needles and insert them into the body at specific locations. There may be a slight tingling, sharp or achey sensation when the needles are placed. An acupuncture treatments may also include: Tui na- a Chinese form of massage to promote a d stimulate Qi (energy) and blood. Cupping- the use of glass cups which form a suction on the skin to promote blood flow and break up scar tissue and fibrous adhesions. Chinese Herbal Medicine- used in conjunction with your treatment to add support. Electro-acupuncture- electrically stimulating points to promote the movement of Qi. Infrared heat therapy- to increase metabolism, blood flow and relax muscles.
Question: What conditions can acupuncture treat?
According to World Health Organization-Acupuncture is successful in treating over 200 medical conditions including acute and chronic pain, arthritis, infertility, allergies, headaches, muscle and joint injuries, stress, depression, anxiety, PMS and asthmAnswer: Acupuncture treatments are also effective in helping patients quit smoking and control appetite. In many cases TCM works faster and less painfully than traditional therapies.
Question: How does acupuncture work?
Qi is best described as “life energy”. It is based on our genetic makeup, the food we eat, the air we breathe and our environment. TCM is based on harmonizing the flow of Qi which is constantly moving throughout the body in pathways called meridians. Disease and pain occur when Qi is blocked or deficient. Traumatic injury causing swelling, bleeding or muscle spasm can cause Qi to stop flowing. Physical and emotional stress and poor nutrition can reduce the amount of Qi. The body may not have enough Qi to heal itself or guard against disease. Acupuncture moves and tonifies (strengthens) Qi.