Services & Techniques

  • Naturopathic Medicine

    Naturopathic Medical Doctor

    What is Naturopathic Medicine

    Naturopathic Medicine combines the greatest elements of medicine: the strong foundations of conventional western diagnosis; the traditional and natural approaches to healing through nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); and alternative modalities such as IV nutritional therapy, injection therapy, energetic and physical medicine.

    Naturopathic Philosophy

    From the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP):
    Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic physicians (NDs or NMDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a single specific symptom. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
    Naturopathic physicians base their practice on six timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.

    • Let nature heal (vis medicatrix naturae) Our bodies have a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. By finding and removing the barriers to this self-healing—such as poor diet or unhealthy habits—naturopathic physicians can nurture this process.
    • Identify and treat causes (tolle causam) Naturopathic physicians understand that symptoms will only return unless the root illness is addressed. Rather than cover up symptoms, they seek to find and treat the cause of these symptoms.
    • First, do no harm (primum non nocere) Naturopathic physicians follow precepts to ensure their patients’ safety
    • Educate patients (docere) Naturopathic medicine believes that doctors must be educators, as well as physicians. That’s why naturopathic physicians teach their patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally. They also encourage self-responsibility and work closely with each patient.
    • Treat the whole person (tolle totum) We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. The naturopathic physician knows that all these factors affect our health. That’s why he or she includes them in a carefully tailored treatment strategy.
    • Prevent illness (praevenire) “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been truer. Proactive medicine saves money, pain, misery and lives. That’s why naturopathic physicians evaluate risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. By getting treatment for greater wellness, we’re less likely to need treatment for future illness.

    Nutrition

    he concept, “Let your food be your medicine and medicine your food” has been the foundation of Naturopathic medicine. A growing body of scientific knowledge in this area is reflected in numerous professional journals of nutrition and dietary sciences, validating the Naturopathic approach to diet and nutrition. Many medical conditions can be treated as effectively with foods and nutritional supplements as they can by any other means, but with fewer complications and side effects.

    Botanical Medicine

    The use of plant medicine is core to Naturopathic practice and is therefore central to the curriculum. Botanical medicines are used in both traditional herbal formulations and as phytomedicines, which are scientifically researched and formulated. A resurgence of scientific research in Europe and Asia is demonstrating that some plant substances are superior to synthetic drugs in clinical situations.

    Homeopathic Medicine

    This natural health system, developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the 1840s, continues to evolve. Some conditions that conventional medicine has no treatment for respond well to homeopathy.

    Physical Medicine

    The art of touch, massage, physical therapy, and spinal manipulation are the basic tools of Naturopathic Manipulative Therapy (NMT) for chronic disease, and neck, back, sports, and motor vehicle injuries. The “tone” of a physician’s touch is a key non-verbal ingredient in establishing a successful, trusting relationship with patients. Note: in the state of California, high velocity, low amplitude manipulations are not within the scope of practice, however soft tissue manipulation can be provided.

    Oriental Medicine

    Naturopathic physicians are trained in the fundamentals of oriental medicine and diagnosis, and may use acupuncture, acupressure and oriental botanical medicine in their practices. Note: In the state of California NDs are not allowed to perform acupuncture without a separate acupuncture license.

    Environmental Medicine

    Children and adults are being exposed to greater quantities of chemicals in the environment and food supply. These chemicals interact synergistically to increase their negative effects. Naturopathic detoxification and immune restoration therapies are an important aspect of the practice.

    Counseling & Stress Management

    Mental attitudes and emotional states can be important elements in healing and disease. Naturopathic physicians are trained in various psychological techniques, including counseling, nutritional balancing, stress management, hypnotherapy, biofeedback and other methods.

    Minor Surgery

    This includes repair of superficial wounds, removal of foreign bodies, cysts and other superficial masses with local anesthesia as needed. Note: in the state of California minor surgery is not included in the scope of practice as it is in other states.

    Pharmaceuticals

    Many people want to know if a Naturopathic Doctor can prescribe conventional medication. The answer is yes, however, they are trained to seek out and eliminate the root cause of disease using the least toxic methods whenever possible. Being trained in pharmaceutical therapy actually allows NDs to help patients get off their medication safely.

    Alternative Medicine

    Alternative medicine is essentially a catchall phrase for pretty much anything and everything designed to boost or improve your health that doesn’t take advantage of traditional or modern medical approaches. Sometimes alternative medicines involve herbal supplements, and other times they are based around physical movement like yoga. The best thing is that they do not carry a significant amount of side effects and potential dangers.

  • Chinese Medicine

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    Overview of Chinese Medicine

    Chinese Medicine works through a complex energy pathway in our bodies called the meridians. Just like our digestive, respiratory and nervous systems, our meridian system works in conjunction with the other systems in our body to maintain health. In an ideal optimal state of health, our energy circulates in the meridians smoothly without interruption or blockage. A health issue arises when the energy flow is disrupted causing an imbalance. Chinese Medicine restores the body to equilibrium through acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua-sha, tui-na, ear seeds and more.
    Chinese Medicine works through a complex energy pathway in our bodies called the meridians. Just like our digestive, respiratory and nervous systems, our meridian system works in conjunction with the other systems in our body to maintain health. In an ideal optimal state of health, our energy circulates in the meridians smoothly without interruption or blockage. A health issue arises when the energy flow is disrupted causing an imbalance. Chinese Medicine restores the body to equilibrium through acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua-sha, tui-na, ear seeds and more.

    Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is the painless insertion of tiny hair-thin needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridians to unblock the disruption in the meridians. It activates our body to maintain balance, promote natural healing and to restore itself to an optimal state of health.

    Herbal Medicine

    Herbal Medicine uses natural plants, minerals and shells to restore the body from imbalances that cause the disease. It provides sooner restoration when used with acupuncture and is therefore strongly recommended. All natural products are extracted and made into pill form for convenience.

    Cupping

    A needle free therapeutic treatment that can promote circulation, benefits cough and asthma, and eliminate stress and pain in many areas of the body. Great for detox. Skin is lifted by suction cups, bringing blood flow toward the surface. Experience refreshing, relaxing effect afterwards. Painless discoloration may occur.

    Gua-Sha

    Consider this a unique massage. A designated area is treated by repeated strokes over lubricated skin. Benefits headache, tension, stress, fever, respiratory and digestive problems. Painless discoloration may occur.

    Tui-Na

    A therapeutic non-invasive treatment that brings body to balance. Tui-Na includes acupressure, massage, traction, soft tissue work and posture alignment. Great for stress management, digestive disorders pain related symptoms.

    Ear Seeds

    Consider this a take home acupuncture. Want the effect of acupuncture to last even longer? Ear seeds are placed on to specific points on the ear to lengthen the effects of the treatment. Results are therefore enhanced. Can expect faster recovery.tis sem nibh id elit.
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  • Chiropractic Medicine

    How Does Chiropractic Medicine Work?

    Chiropractic doctors practice natural, drugless, non-invasive health care and rely on the body’s ability to self-heal. Sounds ideal, but just how does it work?

    Chiropractors Look at the Whole Picture

    Like other health-care providers, we follow a standard routine to gain information about the patient. We consult, review the case history, conduct a physical examination, and we may request laboratory analyses and/or x-rays. Unlike other health-care providers, however, chiropractic physicians also conduct a careful analysis of the patient’s structure and pay particular attention to the spine. We also ask you about your life- Do you eat well? Exercise at all? How do you deal with stress? Do you have children? What do you do for work? And so on.

    Chiropractors Seek the Origin of the Problem

    Using this information, a diagnosis is made. Included in the diagnosis is the probable reason for your pain or discomfort. It is important to note that chiropractors seek the origin of the illness in order to eliminate it-we do not simply treat the symptoms. If your roof is leaking, do you simply catch the drips in a bucket for years on end, or do you repair the roof to prevent it from leaking? Similarly, if the migraine headache you’ve had all week is being caused by misaligned vertebra and an irritated nerve, do you continue to take pain killers indefinitely, or do you realign the vertebra to prevent the pain? You get the picture.

    Chiropractors Fix the Origin of the Problem

    Chiropractors have a term for misalignments: subluxations. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the bones that protect the spinal cord. It’s a leak in the roof. Or a kink in the wiring of your nervous system. The severity of the subluxation can vary, and there are a number of potential contributing factors that can be physical, emotional, mental, or chemical. The subluxation can be caused by any number of incidents, from birth trauma to an auto accident to simple repetition or over-use.

  • Integrative Medicine

    What is Integrative Medicine?

    Integrative medicine is a healing oriented discipline that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and client, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. Integrative medicine uses evidence-based disciplines in the various fields of natural medicine coupled with conventional medical therapies.

    Integrative Medicine in Our Health Care System

    Since the 1960’s, Americans have become increasingly familiar with the terms alternative medicine and complementary medicine, and have applied them to healing methods such as massage, acupuncture, and nutrition therapy. However, mounting scientific evidence on the safety and efficacy of such treatments has led to the creation of a new term: integrative medicine, or IM.
    IM combines mainstream medical therapies with non-conventional complementary therapies. However, IM only uses complementary therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. In short, IM utilizes all appropriate, evidence-based therapies to achieve health.
    This common sense but scientifically rooted concept is catching on with the American public, who now partner with their family physicians to include evidence-based, non-conventional treatments in their healthcare regimes. Practice of IM has become so credible that the American Hospital Association states that more than 16% of hospitals, including leading medical facilities at Harvard, Mayo, and Duke, feature IM centers as part of their institutions. Among hospitals not currently offering IM, 24% stated that they planned to do so in the future.
    So are there distinct differences between this “new medicine” (IM) and its forerunners, alternative or complementary medicine?
    Yes. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.” While some scientific evidence exists regarding some complementary and alternative therapies, many still require well-designed scientific studies to definitively answer questions about safety and efficacy.
    It’s also important to note that IM, like most healthcare systems, is more than simply a list of treatments or therapies. IM values all aspects of a person’s health – mind, body, and spirit – and reaffirms the importance of an open relationship between practitioner and patient. Those who practice IM consider a patient’s overall satisfaction with life, pointing to irrefutable proof that stress management and good mental hygiene positively affect healing and health. Finally, instead of focusing solely on curing disease and illness, IM also emphasizes preventing disease and/or living well with chronic disease.

Services

Natural Medicine Consultation

Naturopathic medicine consult, Integrative medicine preventative medicine, optimal performance medicine

Chiropractic

Wellness care, sports medicine, auto accident and personal injury, pregnancy chiropractic, pediatric chiropractic

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, tui na

Women’s Health

Pap Smears, STD Testing, Hormone Evaluation, Breast Health, Nutritional Advice

Regenerative Joint Treatment

Treatments for pain including Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Stem Cell Therapy, Ozone injections, Trigger point therapy, and more

Specialty and Conventional Laboratory Testing

Advanced diagnostic screening using blood, urine, stool, and/or saliva

Vitamin IV Therapy

Intravenous administration including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chelation, ozone and more

Vitamin Injections

Quick intramuscular injections of vitamins, minerals and amino acids

HCG Weight Loss Programs

For healthy weight loss and body composition

Ozone Therapy

Autohemotherapy, injections, insufflation, ozonation of water/oil

Medical Skin Care and Treatments

PRP facial treatments, customized formulas

Anti-Aging Medicine

Hormone replacement, specific nutritional therapy, peptide therapy

Allergy Testing and Treatment

Rapid Release Technique

Rapid pain relief therapy

Homeopathic Medicine

Botanical Medicine

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