Acupuncture is a therapy that has been used in China for thousands of years. It has been shown to relieve pain, migraines, PMS, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, neck pain, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, weight loss. It is commonly used to enhance fertility as well.
During your acupuncture appointment you can expect your doctor to get your health history, perform a traditional Chinese medical exam that includes tongue and pulse diagnosis, and then to choose acupuncture points specifically for your individual condition. A session is usually an hour in length that includes a 30 minute needle treatment. After the session, patients report that they feel increased relaxation, well-being, pain reduction and sense of harmony.
To prepare for your acupuncture session, make sure to eat a light meal, stay hydrated, and wear loose fitting clothing.
Botanical medicine involves the use of specially formulated plant extracts in the form of extracts, capsules, salves and decoctions that can be taken internally or applied externally. Botanical medicine has a long standing tradition, with the first written use described over 5000 years ago. The National Institute of Health estimates that 1 in 5 people use botanical therapies today.
Naturopathic doctors are highly trained in this traditional medicine and use phytonutrients to treat maladies such as digestive disorders, hormone imbalances, chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, insomnia, depression, common cold and flu, allergies, and skin disorders.
Quality control is important when using these natural therapies. Your naturopath will take a thorough health history and prescribe specific plant compounds that are considered pharmaceutical grade to ensure effective treatment.
Medical nutrition comprises two essential aspects of naturopathic patient care.
First, naturopathic physicians are trained to evaluate the individual needs of each patient regarding potential nutrient deficiencies. This can range from standard screening for iron, B-12, and vitamin D deficiency to more complex lab evaluation of micronutrient deficiencies, or problems with methylation. Additionally, naturopaths are trained to make recommendations based on the patient's needs, lifestyle, diagnosis, and medications. Naturopaths offer nutritional therapies such as vitamin injections, nutrient IVs, and pharmaceutical grade supplements.
Second, medical nutrition entails an individualized, physician supervised, nutrition plan based on the patient's needs and diagnosis. Nutrition plans may vary from a diet designed to reverse autoimmunity, to one designed for weight loss, cardiovascular health, or type II diabetes. It may also be used in the treatment of food allergies such as Celiac, lactose intolerance, or other digestive complaints. In this way, your naturopath with work one on one with you, creating a meal plan designed especially for you so that you know what foods to eat, what foods to avoid, and achieve optimum health.