Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, and Other Modalities

What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct profession of physicians trained in primary health care who are oriented towards prevention, education and promotion of optimal health rather than just treatment of disease. Naturopathic doctors (ND’s) integrate centuries-old knowledge of traditional, non-toxic therapies with the best of modern medical diagnostic science and standards of care. ND’s complete pre-med education followed by a 4-5 year residential curriculum with 4,500 – 5,000 hours of instruction and extensive, supervised clinical training. ND’s must also pass rigorous state and national board examinations.

Our foundation and guidance as Naturopathic physicians are based on the following principles:

• First, Do No Harm
• Prevention
• The Healing Power of Nature
• Treatment of the Whole Person
• Treat the Cause
• Doctor as Teacher

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of medicine based on 3,000 years of history, tradition, and application. It uses very thin needles to stimulate hundreds of different points on the body that lie along channels known as meridians. These points balance, tonify, or reduce excess in the body. At its heart, Acupuncture balances “Qi” or vital energy and treats the whole person. The treatments are generally very relaxing. At least 4-6 weekly treatments are usually required to determine the cause and treat the condition.

Licensed Acupuncturists go through a three year Masters program that incorporates over 1700 hours of training, followed by national licensing exams.

In 1997, a consensus panel convened by the National Institute of Health (NIH) concluded that “there is clear evidence that needle acupuncture treatment is effective for post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy and post-operative dental pain…also addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma.” Other conditions which Acupuncture treats effectively include menopausal symptoms, chronic pain, diabetic symptoms, fatigue and sleep complaints, digestive problems, depleted immune system, arthritis, stress, anxiety, support for depression, smoking cessation and more.

What Is Frequency Specific Microcurrent?

Excerpted from https://frequencyspecific.com/change-medicine/  and https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/15935-frequency-specific-microcurrent?view

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a technique for treating pain by using low-level electrical current (microcurrent). Treatment with FSM is non-invasive and painless. The currents used in FSM are so low that the patient often does not feel them. During FSM treatment, patients may notice certain effects, including warmth and a softening of affected tissues.

A frequency is the rate at which a sound wave or electronic pulse is produced. This measurement is registered in hertz (Hz). Microcurrent instruments are all approved under the general class of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (“TENS”)  though microcurrent is 1000 times less current than TENS. The microcurrent used in FSM is an extremely mild electrical current (one millionth of an ampere). The human body actually produces its own current within each cell.

FSM trained practitioners can support significant changes in patients to reduce pain and improve health. In using FSM to treat pain, it’s been found that various frequencies can be used to potentially reduce inflammation (swelling), repair tissue, and reduce pain.

There are numerous conditions that may be treated with frequency specific microcurrent. The following  are only a few conditions in which patients may benefit: shingles, burns, kidney stones, asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, disc injuries, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, tendinopathy, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis, concussions, headaches, plantar fasciitis, and wounds.  

People who should not receive FSM treatment include those who have pacemakers, implanted pumps, or uncontrolled seizures, and women who are pregnant. Please discuss any concerns with your provider during consultation so that appropriate recommendations can be made.

It is essential that a patient is hydrated prior to the treatment or the treatment will not work.  Hydrated means 1 to 2 quarts of water consumed in the 2 to 4 hours preceding treatment. Coffee, caffeinated tea, and carbonated soda do not count as water.

For more information refer to the above websites or we recommend reading: The Resonance Effect by Carolyn McMakin.

What Is the Bengston Method?

The Bengston Energy Healing Method® is an innovative energy-based healing technique developed by researcher William Bengston, PhD, that engages natural energy fields and systems, and that Dr. Bengston’s published research with animal populations has shown to be effective. Dr. Bengston has been conducting research on this form of energy therapy for several decades and has proven the effectiveness of his technique in 10 controlled animal experiments conducted in 5 university biological and medical laboratories. His healing research has produced the first successful full cures of transplanted mammary cancer and methylcholanthrene-induced sarcomas in experimental mice with hands-on techniques that he helped develop. Mice that had successful full cures also had no recurrences of cancer.

For more information refer to https://bengstonresearch.com/

What Is Biofield Tuning?

excerpts from https://biofieldtuning.com/

Biofield Tuning is a unique non-medical therapeutic method that uses sound waves produced by tuning forks in the biomagnetic field, or biofield, that surrounds the human body. Biofield Tuning was developed by pioneering researcher and practitioner Eileen Day McKusick and is based on her 20 years of clinical inquiry into the Biofield Anatomy. It is a simple, non-invasive, and efficient method that can produce profound and powerful outcomes.  Biofield Tuning sessions can be experienced in person or at a distance, singularly or in a group, by a certified practitioner.

“Biofield” is the word chosen by a team of National Institute of Health scientists in 1994 to describe the field of energy and information that surrounds and interpenetrates the human body. It is composed of both measurable electromagnetic energy and hypothetical subtle energy, or chi. This structure is also called the Human Energy Field or Aura.

While Western Science has yet to describe and measure subtle energy, other cultures, especially ancient Indian or Vedic cultures describe it extensively. The term “chakra” means wheel in Sanskrit and these spinning energy vortices are seen as structures in the body’s subtle energy anatomy. Not coincidentally, chakras are present where there are large nerve clusters or plexuses within the body itself.

The Biofield Tuning process is designed to locate, identify, and interrupt patterns of sonic imbalance, making it possible for the individual to become “unstuck” and able to move forward in life with a more balanced perspective.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

You are probably aware of the many systems that the body is made up of including the respiratory system, digestive system, the cardiovascular system, etc. The body also has a very subtle system unrecognized by science until fairly recently which is known as the craniosacral system. The craniosacral (CS) system consists of the membranes that form the meninges of the brain and spinal cord (down to the sacrum), the bones of the skull to which the membranes attach, other structures related to the meninges, the cerebrospinal fluid, and the structures that produce, contain and resorb the cerebrospinal fluid.

The cornerstone of the CS system is the finding that the bones of the skull are able to move as the cerebrospinal fluid moves through the membranes. While this information is not accepted by all health care professionals, the CS treatment is based on this finding and on the literature that has developed around the research using the CS theories.

Because the CS system is connected to the rest of the body by its connection to the fascia, restriction can affect many other systems, most notably the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, vascular system, endocrine system, etc. Because of these relationships, CS therapy is used to treat many different conditions. In our clinical setting, we have found them to be helpful for headaches, sinus problems, anxiety, general stress, endocrine problems, muscular fatigue or stress, depression, TMJ problems and others.
The treatment is done with the patient fully clothed lying down and is often extremely relaxing. The clinician uses light pressure and sessions often last between 20-40 minutes depending on what is being addressed.