In the early part of the 19th century, Samuel Hahnemann developed the system of medicine we now call homeopathy. The basic principle of homeopathy is that disease is a result of a disordered “vital force” and that to find permanent cure, one must use a medicine (or remedy) that is “vital” and has the potential for stimulating a healing response bringing the body back to a normal, healthy state. Hahnemann found that potentized, micro-dilutions of natural substances had the power to radically change a person’s state of health, provided that the remedy totally matched the disease expressions and overall state (mentally,emotionally and physically) of the patient. Remedies are chosen based on the homeopathic principle that “like cures like”. The clinical characteristics of a homeopathic remedy must match the overall expression of the state of the person.
Taking a homeopathic case not only takes into consideration the symptoms related to the dis-ease of the patient, but also takes into consideration the whole person, including how they are affected by the various situations and stresses in their life. As a result, over the course of homoeopathic treatment not only do symptoms disappear, but the person is in a much healthier state overall.
The cornerstone of good health is a healthy diet which focuses on the consumption of whole, natural foods. Your diet provides the necessary building blocks for your body, including your muscles, bones, connective tissue, hormones, enzymes and cells. Poor nutritional status impacts the function of every cell in your body. A health-promoting diet is important for, disease prevention, optimal health, long-term wellness and for supporting your body’s self-healing ability, particularly in cases of chronic illness.
Improving nutritional status may require diet alone, or may require the additional support of specific nutritional supplements. These supplements may be used as a complement to good dietary practices and are implemented only secondarily to a healthy diet. In order to optimize nutrition, we will investigate the link between diet and your specific health concerns, consider which foods are best suited to your age, gender and constitution, identify any individual food sensitivities which may be negatively impacting your health and ensure optimal function of your digestive system.
Bowen Technique is a gentle but powerful technique that works by balancing the autonomic nervous system, which controls more than 80% of our bodily functions.The nervous system functions like a vast communication network. Feedback is constantly exchanged among different parts of the brain. Tapping into these feedback loops and adding new information can accelerate healing – this is the philosophy behind the Bowen technique.
A Bowen treatment consists of a series of gentle but precise mobilizations performed by the thumbs or fingers on muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerve sheaths. First, the skin is pulled to the side of the structure; gentle pressure is then applied to the edge of the muscle to a point of resistance. This challenges the muscle and pushes it out of its normal position. Next, a gentle rolling move is performed over the structure while maintaining gentle pressure on the site. This stimulates the proprioceptors’ sending of information through the nervous system to the brain. The body is sent a message that the emergency is over, and it is now possible to initiate healing.
Put simply, a Bowen treatment resets the body and allows it to heal itself. After each series of Bowen moves, there is an important pause to allow the body to respond to new information from the proprioceptors. It is during this pause that the body begins to make changes.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest and most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. It is rooted in 5000 years of practice and has been verified by modern research. According to TCM, there is an energy network, which travels under the surface of our skin and communicates with our organs, nerves, circulatory system, hormones, muscles, digestive tract and all systems of the body. When this energy network is compromised, by blockage or weakness, pain or maladies will be observed.
The goal of acupuncture is to restore balance and proper energy flow to our body, through insertion of fine needles (sterile, disposable needles) into the skin at specific points or points of tenderness. This will encourage health and healing of all of our cells, organs and tissues.
Intravenous Therapy (IV)
Ideally, we get all of our required nutrients through diet alone. There are some instances where the foods that we eat and even the supplements that we take do not result in proper nutrition at the cellular level. The advantage of IV vitamin therapy is that the nutrients bypass the stomach and go directly into the bloodstream where they are able to rapidly reach cells. By nourishing the cells the body’s inherit healing mechanisms are restored. Intravenous Therapy has documented benefits for many different health concerns like immune balancing, bowel intolerances, chronic fatigue, sports recovery, detoxification, mood disorders and infection fighting.
Much of the research on the benefits of IV vitamin therapy has been focused on it’s role in the treatment and recovery of cancer. The Naturopathic doctors at Naturally Well have the additional training and experience to identify if you are a candidate for Intravenous therapy and to individualize the treatment based on your needs. IV vitamin therapy is a specialized treatment that can provide effective results that may not be found in other therapies.
Robert Boyd, D.O. The human cranium (skull) consists of 22 individual bones. In the early 20th century, Osteopaths physicians discovered that the cranium was not simply a “fused box” that remained totally “fixed” in adulthood. Rather, it was determined that there was an almost imperceptible movement that took place in a regular, rhythmic fashion relating to the elaboration and absorption of cerebral spinal fluid. When there has been a head injury, or birth trauma from a difficult birth, this natural rhythm (or mechanism on which the rhythm depends) can be distorted leading to a number of potential health concerns.
Looking for a better way to treat cranial lesions or dysfunctions, Robert Boyd, an Irish Osteopath developed the Bio Cranial System (Therapy). Using his previous engineering reasoning, he determined that the best way to correct a dysfunction of the cranium was to apply a strong stretch of the trapezius muscle (which is attached to the occiput) and to make a specific hand contact on the occiput, holding that stretch for less than one minute. It took Dr. Boyd ten years of trial and error until he found the most effective treatment based on this very precise move. Dr. Boyd also found that when you correct the cranium, not only could you see improvements in symptoms relating to the head (such as headaches, TMJ problems, etc.) that often corrections in spinal alignment and the extremities . . . and even systemic changes could be seen.
Ensuring that safe and effective natural health products are available for patients is a very time-consuming process. At Naturally Well, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality nutritional supplements, homeopathic complexes and botanical medicines available on the market. Our dispensary stocks only professional lines of nutritional supplements, tested for the highest standards of purity and effectiveness. Some of the product lines available at Naturally Well are: Heel, Boron, AOR, Seroyal-Genestra, Thorne, Douglas Labs, Vitazan, St. Francis Herb.
Lifestyle Medicine involves the modification of lifestyle factors like lack of activity, unhealthy diet and a poor ability to cope with stress. That these factors can become major contributors to the development of chronic illness. Lifestyle medicine is a primary element in the practice of naturopathic medicine. It involves the goal of therapeutic lifestyle changes that result in optimal health and disease prevention. Naturopathic doctors are the most rigorously trained primary healthcare providers providing lifestyle medicine. A Naturopathic doctor will first identify the individual lifestyle factors that are contributing to illness. From this information health goals are created and obstacles to achieving the goals are established and tools are established to assist in the smooth integration of lifestyle changes. On going coaching and monitoring is provided as the patient progresses towards achieving the behavior modifications.