Natural Treatment Methods for Your Health
Naturopathic medicine utilizes natural treatment methods that activate your innate healing mechanisms. Below are descriptions of some of the modalities of treatment that naturopathic physicians use:
Frequently Asked Questions About Naturopathy
Clinical Nutrition Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods have always been a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Thousands of medical research studies and articles have validated the naturopathic approach to diet and nutrition.
Many health problems can be treated as effectively with foods and nutritional supplements as with drugs, but with fewer complications and side effects. Naturopathic physicians receive more than 140 classroom hours in clinical nutrition, while most medical doctors receive fewer than 20 hours.
Botanical Medicine Many plant substances are effective natural medicines. They are effective and safe when used properly, in the right doses and in proper combination with other herbs or treatments. Recent medical research is demonstrating that some plant substances are superior to synthetic drugs in certain clinical situations, and have fewer side effects. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the art and science of botanical medicine.
Functional Medicine Diagnostic Lab Testing The lab tests you are accustomed to generally assess the degree of pathology (signs of something gone wrong). Functional medicine diagnostic testing goes much deeper. It measures the level of function of your body, thus revealing what may be CAUSING things to go wrong. If some aspect of your metabolism or bodily function is not working properly, disease conditions may eventually result.
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Lifestyle Counseling Lifestyle habits are a crucial component of good health and a happier life. We advise you about regular exercise, stretching and flexibility, rest and relaxation, smoking and recreational drug cessation, cleaning up your personal environment, and living a balanced life.
Counseling and Stress Management Improvement in attitudes and emotions can be important elements in healing from disease. Naturopathic physicians are trained in various psychological techniques, including counseling, nutritional balancing, stress management methods, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and meditation.
Homeopathic Medicine Homeopathy is more than 200 years old and is widely accepted in other countries. Homeopathic medicines act to strengthen the body’s innate immune responses. They rarely have any side effects. Some conditions that are resistant to conventional medical treatment may respond well to homeopathy.
Chinese Medicine Naturopathic physicians are trained in the fundamentals of oriental medicine and diagnosis, and may incorporate these principles in diagnosis and treatment.
Physical Medicine In the last 100 years, various methods of treatment involving the manipulation of the muscles, bones and the spine have been developed in the U.S. Naturopathic medicine has its own techniques, collectively known as naturopathic manipulative therapy. Physical medicine may include physiotherapy, heat and cold applications, gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, diathermy, hydrotherapy and exercise therapy.
A specialized form of physical medicine is osteopathy. Osteopathic manipulation is used primarily for musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck pain, joint pain, sciatica, sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and some types of headache. However, most osteopathic physicians practice general medicine (like an M.D.) and don't confine themselves to manipulative therapy. We have an osteopathic physician in our network of providers who we can refer you to.
Prolotherapy Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment to strengthen and tighten the ligaments and tendons that hold your bones and muscles in place. With a series of injections that stimulate your body’s natural healing response, prolotherapy restores proper joint alignment and relieves pressure on sensitive tissues. The usual result is lasting pain relief.
Trigger Point Injections Trigger point injections are used to treat extremely painful areas of muscle. Normal muscle contracts and relaxes when it is active. A trigger point is a knot or a tight, ropy band of muscle that forms when muscle fails to relax. They are used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatment. Many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck are treated by this method.
"Myers Cocktail" Intravenous Therapy The Myers Cocktail intravenous therapy is a therapy consisting of various mixes of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It can be very useful in situations where oral nutrients or other therapies are not working. When nutrients are given intravenously, your digestive system is bypassed and a much higher level of nutrition can be delivered directly to your cells via the bloodstream.