Modalities of Naturopathic Medicine redleaf594x3
The healing process occurs in you. Below is a list of modalities of naturopathic medicine that I find effective. Not every technique is right for every person, but I am sure we can find a great combination of therapies for you.
Plants have been utilized to bring health and healing for thousands of years. Many pharmaceuticals were first isolated from botanical sources. At Neighborhood Naturopathic, I utilize a variety of botanical preparations including tinctures, glycerites, capsules, teas, salves, and whole herbs. Botanicals are chosen specifically for you to both help you feel better and to help your body heal.
Although botanical preparations are incredibly effective, they are powerful medicines that may have toxic effects or negative interactions with pharmaceuticals and other treatments unless carefully prescribed. Naturopathic physicians are extensively trained in the safe and effective use of hundreds of botanicals, and are experts in safe prescription, drug-herb interactions, and potential toxic effects. In order to be a Registered Naturopathic Doctor in Minnesota, NDs must pass a national licensure exam that includes careful use of botanicals
Homeopathic preparations are diluted and potentized FDA approved medicines. Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, and free from side effects. They must be carefully chosen to be fully effective, but the correct remedy can result in great positive changes. These medicines are inexpensive, effective, and can be used simultaneously with pharmaceuticals, botanicals, and other treatments.
Food is medicine you eat three times a day.
Food choices have a large effect on our body, and can either support or harm our health. Certain foods have known positive impacts on health. Poor diets are linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, allergies, hormone imbalances and many other chronic disease patterns. Food intolerances and allergies can also directly impact wellness. Modifying diet and supporting digestive function is a key approach of Naturopathic practice. Finding the right balance of foods will help with healing and maintaining health.
People have told me it is difficult to follow strict diets or avoid certain foods like sugar. I believe them! I don’t like strict diets either. Food should be enjoyed but not be the primary focus of your life. Food cravings are symptoms of an unaddressed medical condition, not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. I have found that as people learn about how their body and mind operate and approach greater health, they naturally and easily choose a healthy diet.
I do not believe there is a perfect medical diet for everyone. However, there is a perfect diet for you! My goal is to help you find delicious and vital foods that support your body and mind so you may be healthy and joyful.
Healing with touch is possibly the oldest healing art. Body and mind are intrinsically linked; when the body is disrupted the mind suffers, and when the mind is imbalanced the body also falls into imbalance. Most people have some amount of stress, tension, and disconnect in their body and mind; resolving these issues can bring greater joy and ease in life. It is an honor and a great privilege to bring people back into their bodies and remind them they are whole and joyful.
I have studied and cultivated the art of bodywork for most of my life, both in my home and with amazing teachers. I utilize a wide variety of bodywork techniques including Somatic Re-education, Cranial, Energy work, Shiatsu (long and short forms), Tao Yin (channel balancing self massage), Swedish massage, visceral manipulation, Naturopathic Manipulative Therapy (NMT), and more. You may request any of these as a primary modality at a visit, such as a Shiatsu massage, or we can pursue embodiment and balance through a mixture of these and meditative techniques.
There are a growing variety of nutraceutical products available; there is a great range of quality and effectiveness of these products. I carefully research each product I recommend for quality of ingredients, efficacy, and current research. I only recommend products I believe will support long term healing and restoration of balance.
Individualized lifestyle counseling: You are an individual, with individual strengths, challenges, and needs. Your medical care should be individualized as well. It is my goal to provide you with treatment plans that accent your strengths, support your challenges, and provide you with what you need. Exercise routines, sleep and food recommendations, treatment protocols, and stress reduction plans vary with every patient; together we will find what works best for you, not what is commonly and generically recommended for a given medical condition.
Meditation is a remarkable practice that brings peace, joy, and improves your quality of life in numerous ways. It retrains your stress response, improves your mood, and can help improve the functioning of your body. I teach Lovingkindness meditation as a basis for simultaneously cultivating the Jhanas and Mindfulness in addition to other techniques. I am a long-term meditator, an endorsed meditation instructor, and have spent time as a Buddhist monk. I find my meditation practice has greatly improved my life, and I have seen many students find great benefit, healing, and joy from the practice. As a practicing Theravada Buddhist, I do not bill for training; weekly meditation meetings are free. We meet on Tuesdays from 6-7pm. http://www.meetup.com/Loving-Kindness-Meditation-Group/
The Tao Yin is a self-massage practice that gently stimulates most acupuncture points, energetic meridians, and organs. It takes about 25 minutes to perform, and leads to great benefits in flexibility, pain reduction, mood, general well being, and resolution of chronic disease. This is an excellent way to get into your body and heal many chronic problems. It is very similar to receiving a Shiatsu or acupuncture treatment, and you can do it yourself. I offer classes once a week. Please contact the office for more information.