Treatment Options Diet and Nutrient TherapyAlong with a “whole foods” diet with high fiber and minimized processed foods, refined sugars, chemicals and preservatives, many therapeutic diets are often prescribed to treat and prevent most health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, thyroid dysfunction, weight loss, weight gain, high blood pressure, and poor digestion. Nutritional supplementation is utilized to treat disease, correct nutritional deficiencies, minimize risk factors, and support normal biological processes and hormonal balance. B12/B-complex injections will be offered for fatigue-related illnesses, neurological diseases, and to reduce cardiovascular risk factors. Food allergies and sensitivities are identified and removed to restore proper digestion and elimination. Proper nutrition is an integral part of all weight loss programs, and an individualized dietary plan formulated and monitored by an integrative physician is most beneficial. Botanical MedicineWestern and Chinese herbs are used to treat many health conditions. Often prescribed in formulas combining their synergistic effects, herbs come in the form of capsules, tinctures, teas, solid extracts, salves, creams, and poultices. Physical MedicineCorrecting structural integrity is an important factor for allowing your body to go through the healing process. This can be accomplished thru soft-tissue manipulation such as massage, muscle energy stretching, therapeutic ultrasound, and therapeutic exercise. Examples of poor structural integrity include tight or spastic muscles, tendon and ligament instability, inflamed or misaligned bones and joints, and scar tissue and adhesion formation. HydrotherapyOriginating in Europe in the 1800’s and perfected by the naturopathic physician, Dr. OG Caroll (1879-1962), hydrotherapy is a non-specific therapy that focuses on improving blood flow to any given tissue. Hydrotherapy utilizes the healing power of water and the therapeutic effects of hot and cold temperatures. As we know, the effect of hot water expands tissues and causes vasodilation (opening of blood vessels) thus increasing blood flow to the area of application; cold is used to contract tissues and causes vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels) and slows the blood flow. When applied in an alternating manner, the tissues are expanding and contracting, acting like a pump. This application is beneficial for the overlying tissues by increasing the quality and quantity of blood, and by clearing out or detoxifying stagnant blood and toxins. Many forms of hydrotherapy exist including Naturopathic Constitutional Hydrotherapy, contrast hydrotherapy, wet sheet pack, hyperthermic medicinal peat baths, hydrotherapy for headaches, wet sock treatments, and alternating sitz baths. AcupunctureBased on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style acupuncture, needles are placed in specific points on the body to access “meridians” and manipulate “qi” or “chi” to benefit most health conditions including acute and chronic pain, digestive issues, headaches, menstrual and menopausal syndromes, post-stroke and paralysis, anxiety, stress, sinus congestion, etc. Lifestyle CounselingBy recognizing that mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease, naturopathic doctors offer support and address the emotional issues and difficulties that arise when making these important lifestyle changes.