Looking For An Overall Approach to Your Health Concerns?

You may want to check with your local chiropractic professional about naturopathy, which  is a healthcare approach that sees each individual as a whole person striving for a healthy, natural, lifestyle. Naturopathy uses natural therapies and tends to focus on health rather than disease. 

Your chiropractor, in conjunction with traditional naturopathy, can help you address a wide range of health conditions, from ADHD, allergies and asthma, to urinary tract infections, anxiety, depression, arthritis or infertility. Some of the different therapies utilized include nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, iridology (the study of your iris), and cold laser light therapy for pain reduction. 

Depending on your presenting condition, you may have some laboratory tests performed, which could include testing for allergies, hormones, mineral toxicity, thyroid or kidney function, etc. You can rest assured that your chiropractic and naturopathy professional will directly address your individual concerns. 

As naturopathy is a total health care system based on the specific needs of each individual, it uses natural therapies such as diet and exercise in promoting a balance of systems within the person. Since our bodies are made of interdependent systems, all parts of a person are affected when one part is out of balance (mental, physical, and spiritual). By utilizing natural therapies (minerals, herbs, enzymes) in providing a healthy foundation, it is believed that the body has an ability to heal itself. Naturopathy will help your body transition into natural, healthy, living using nature’s remedies, without the use of pharmaceuticals. Ask your local chiropractor if you can benefit from a naturopathic approach to your health care and how to begin.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a type of alternative medicine which relies on natural approaches to healing and wellbeing. Naturopaths are guided by the philosophy of vitalism, which states that the body has a vital force that gives it an inherent ability to heal. Naturopaths treat the individual holistically, using non-invasive methods to restore balance to all components of a person’s biological, psychological, and spiritual makeup, thereby optimizing the body’s vital force.  Naturopathic care usually involves some combination of the following:

Homeopathy

Homeopathy involves the use of diluted, very low concentrations of substances (homeopathic pills)  that in more concentrated, higher doses would produce symptoms similar to the patient’s in a healthy person. It is believed that the homeopathic treatment triggers the body’s healing response to the target disease. Homeopaths prescribe individualized remedies based on the patient’s symptoms, as well as the patient’s personality traits, lifestyle, and psycho-emotional state.

Botanical medicine/Herbal medicine

One of the cornerstones of naturopathic medicine is the belief that medications derived from natural sources, particularly from plants, are more conducive to optimal healing than man-made drugs. As such, naturopaths prescribe herbal remedies and supplements to treat diseases. Herbal preparations may include herbal teas, wines, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, oils, salves, or inhalants. Some naturopaths also administer herbal treatments in pill-form.

Traditional Chinese medicine

Many naturopaths practice traditional Chinese medicine which incorporates the use of Chinese herbs, Chinese manipulative therapy (acupuncture, tui na), Chinese meditative physical exercise (tai chi, qigong), and Chinese dietary principles. Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in Chinese cosmological and philosophical concepts of the natural world.

Nutritional

Naturopaths believe that nutrition plays a major role in disease prevention and healing. As such, naturopathic care focuses on improving and optimizing patients’ health through the use of an organic, natural diet tailored to the patient’s needs.

Naturopathy is not confined to the above four treatment methods. It is a broad -ranging practice and depending on the naturopath’s training and specialization, naturopaths may administer treatments based in physical medicine, color therapy, ozone therapy, live blood analysis, hydrotherapy, reflexology, hair analysis, psychotherapy, stress management, and much more.

The Health Benefits of Cold Laser Light Therapy

Cold laser light therapy, also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), is a form of naturopathic therapy commonly used in chiropractic settings. It involves the use of photo energy to support the natural healing processes of the body. Low levels of low-intensity laser light penetrate the skin, tissues and muscles, boosting cellular functioning and triggering a range of beneficial immune responses.

Cold laser light therapy has been shown to be helpful for naturally treating chronic and acute pain caused by conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia or migraines. Simple muscles strains and temporary joint stiffness also respond well to cold laser light therapy. The photon energy transmitted by the cold laser beam stimulates nerve endings in the body resulting in increased production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. The photon energy also has the effect of suppressing the enzymes that cause inflammation, thereby reducing inflammatory pain. Since inflammation is an underlying cause of many diseases (including certain autoimmune conditions and heart disease), cold laser light therapy can be used as an adjunctive therapy in treating these diseases. This therapy also eliminates the swelling, redness and tenderness seen in many inflammatory conditions.

Cold laser light also has an anabolic effect at the metabolic level; it stimulates and enhances muscle growth and tissue regeneration. By improving lymphatic drainage, increasing blood circulation to damaged tissues, and thwarting scar tissue formation, cold laser light therapy facilitates faster bone repair and healing of wounds. Furthermore, cold laser light therapy has the effect of optimizing oxygen levels in the blood and boosting the production of healing enzymes, both of which augment the quality and rate of physiological regeneration.

Lastly, cold laser light therapy can improve a patient’s overall well-being and lead to greater relaxation levels by balancing the flow of energy throughout the body. Similar to acupuncture, the chiropractor will use laser light to target and stimulate acupoints in the body. Altogether, cold laser light therapy is a promising therapeutic modality for treating a range of ailments and for general physical rejuvenation.