Lifestyle counseling encompasses all of the day to day ways that we protect our health and nourish our spirits. This includes exercise, stress reduction, breathing techniques, meditation, visualization, healthy communication, and the environment in which we live – all of the aspects that make up a healthy, happy, balanced life.
Mind Body Medicine
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Identifying and addressing the impacts of various forms of stress on a patients' health is an important aspect of Naturopathic treatment. Pharmacologist Dr. Candace Pert, PhD, author of ‘Molecules of Emotion’ was among the first to demonstrate the biochemical connectedness of the mind, body and spirit.
Clinical nutrition includes both dietary modifications and supplementation of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to optimize health. This may be to balance deficiencies, assist the body in detoxification of toxic elements and to address specific health concerns.
This system of medicine was first developed in Germany 200 years ago by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Remedies are made from minute amounts of plant, animal, or mineral materials at specific dilutions. Treatments are chosen on the principle of 'like cures like' and matched to the patient's physical, mental and emotional presentation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
A system of medicine developed over 2000 years ago and still effective today. It bases assessment on the recognition of patterns of imbalance (Bian Zheng Lun Zhi: 辨證論治) rather than a specific diagnosis of a disease. These patterns are discerned by taking a thorough history, physical exam and examining a patient's tongue and pulse. Practitioners will use herbs, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle to correct any imbalances in the systems of the body.
Physical medicine encompasses many hands on therapies including orthopaedic assessment, massage, osseous manipulation and therapeutic exercises. These therapies address muskuloskeletal concerns.
This therapy is based on the work of European herbalists and Native North American medicine women and men. It uses plant extracts as well as whole plant preparations to treat illness and improve health. Preparations can include tinctures (alcohol extracts), oils, teas, poultices creams and salves.
Uses various methods of contrasting hot and cold water to improve circulation, thereby improving lymphatic flow, digestion and energy. Some of these methods include constitutional hydrotherapy, saunas, contrast showers, dry skin brushing and steam inhalation.