"LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE, AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD " - Hippocrates
It is hard to make healthy and long lasting changes to our diet but these changes are absolutely essential to our overall health and wellbeing. As the saying goes, "we are what we eat." Nutrition forms the very basis of our health by providing our bodies with the building blocks and nutrients to grow and function.
I absolutely believe that health cannot be attained without addressing ones diet. Unfortunately, healthy eating can be both confusing and difficult to attain. There is a constant onslaught of new information, misinformation, fad diets and products as well as poor quality foods. I will work one on one with you to help you assess and modify your diet in a way that is both manageable and sustainable to you. When it comes to diet, I want you to succeed and will work with you to gradually move toward a diet that will bring you health and wellbeing.
Botanical medicine is the use of plant parts for medicinal purposes. Flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, stems, bark and essential oil are all parts that can be used. Plants have been used for most of human history and have in some cases been the basis for pharmaceutical agents. Botanical medicines have been used with efficacy for a multitude of conditions ranging from, but not limited to, the common cold, sore throat, IBD, heartburn, nausea, indigestion, muscle pain, depression, common complaints during pregnancy, trouble with lactation, diabetes and cardiovascular health.
My entry into naturopathic medicine began with a passion for botany and botanical medicine. My passion has continued throughout medical school and into my practice. I use botanical medicine in the form of tinctures and teas. I am extensively trained in botanical medicine and qualified to recognize potential interactions between pharmaceutical prescriptions and botanical agents. I will custom tailor herbal prescriptions to ensure individual safety.
Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM)
Acupuncture and TOM has been developed and practiced over the last 5000 years. Using patient history as well as tongue and pulse diagnosis, I identify patterns of disharmony within the body. With acupuncture and TOM, the goal of treatment is to restore balance and harmony to the body in order to restore health and wellbeing. Acupuncture is used with success for numerous conditions, both chronic and acute, including pain management, insomnia, emotional stress, depression, fertility, emotional imbalances, digestive disorders and the promotion of general well being.
The state of our physical body plays an important role in our overall health and wellbeing. When we are in pain, we do not feel well. Pain affects our sleep, mood, digestion, mental clarity and ability to perform our activities of daily living.
I am trained in spinal manipulation, soft tissue work including massage and trigger point release and the use of acupuncture to treat physical ailments. I often and effectively use a combination of trigger point release and acupuncture to relieve muscle pain and tension.
Mind Body Medicine
Sometimes all we need to heal is to have someone listen to us. I believe that one of the most important roles I have as a doctor is to listen. I have a continued passion for counselling that has led me to take additional training and further education in mind/body medicine and counselling.
Homeopathy is a safe, non-toxic form of medicine that uses minutely dilute natural substances made from plants, animals and minerals. The homeopathic remedies trigger the body's innate ability to heal by safely triggering a return to homeostasis. Homeopathy can be used effectively for both acute and chronic conditions. This form of medicine can be used safely in both children and in all stages of pregnancy where other treatments may be contraindicated.
B12 and Folic Acid Injections
Vitamin B12 is essential to the functioning of the nervous system and metabolism. Patients with neurological symptoms such as peripheral neuropathy and patients experiencing low energy may warrant B12 supplementation. Treatment with B12 is indicated for any vegetarians, vegans or those avoiding red meat as deficiency is common among these patients. Deficiency is also possible through the use of many pharmaceutical agents including antacids and antidepressants. Treatment involves a single intramuscular injection of a mixture of B12 with folic acid (B9).