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Naturopathic Medicine

What is a Naturopath?

A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is very similar to a General Practitioner (GP) or Primary Care Provider (PCP) in their ability to diagnose and treat disease. The difference is in the treatment method used.

A Naturopathic doctor will (by choice) use herbs, nutritional prescriptions, diet and lifestyle changes to treat disease or other health conditions. While a medical doctor will use most often pharmaceutical prescriptions. All doctors should operate under the principal of “First Do No Harm.”

What is the advantage of herbs over drugs?

  1. Usually, but not always, there are less side effects when using nature or natural substances. Many drugs were created (synthetic) to mimic the actions of natural and herbal ingredients.
  1. 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.
  2. Great advantage over pharmaceutical for treating chronic conditions.

Acupuncture and Cupping

What is Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as well as Naturopathic Medicine, is an approach to healing developed over 3,000 years ago, based upon classical Chinese medical texts. Treatment is centered on the individual rather than on the disease. In TCM, the mental, emotional and physical are interrelated to create a picture of the whole person.

Disease is viewed as a disharmony and treatment directed at creating balance. Diagnosis is made through visual inspection, interview, pulses and palpation. Acupuncturists use very fine, sterile needles and insert them into the body at specific locations. There may be a slight tingling or aching sensation when the needles are in place.

An acupuncture treatment may also include:

Tui Na- A Chinese form of massage to promote and stimulate Qi (energy) and blood.

Cupping - the use of glass cups which forms a suction on the skin to promote blood flow

Electro-Acupuncture - electrically stimulating points to promote the movement of Qi

Infrared Heat Therapy- to increase metabolism, blood flow and relax muscles.

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 causes swelling, bleeding or muscle spasm to 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 Qi.

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Hypnotherapy & Guided Visualization

Hypnosis is a trance like state that resembles sleep that is induced by a hypnotist whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject. Hypnosis is used in a therapeutic context to aid physical or psychological ailment. The process includes visualizing and experiencing changes in mental, emotional, physical or spiritual levels of health with the aid of a “guide”~ your hypnotherapist.

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