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What is Naturopathic Medicine?
The past 30 years have seen an increase in consumer demand for safe, effective and cost-effective natural healthcare. Naturopathic Medicine has emerged as the health care profession best suited to meet this demand.
Naturopathy is distinct from conventional medicine in the philosophy upon which it is based. Most of today’s pharmaceuticals are designed to control symptoms: diuretics for hypertension, statins for high cholesterol. These medications are valuable, can save lives, and serve a very important purpose in modern healthcare. However, they stop short of providing true health because ultimately they do not address the underlying problem. While hypertension may be controlled with medication the cause of the high blood pressure has not been addressed and still exists. When symptoms are covered up with medication the condition is simply masked and over time this will cause symptoms in other areas of the body to develop. Symptoms are the body’s warning sign that something is out of balance. If you treat the symptom and not the cause you are ignoring your body’s call for help. If you stop the drug and your symptom returns you have not addressed the cause.
It is the purpose of Naturopathic Medicine to take your health further than symptom management. However, we do understand that symptoms are often uncomfortable and sometimes even life threatening and therefore we will palliate in order to ensure that our patients are safe and comfortable on their journey to greater health. Dr. Rose may use any of the following modalities to treat any number of health complaints: clinical nutrition, Chinese and western botanicals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling.
What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine is a system of medicine that has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for thousands of years. Based on the observation of nature and our interaction with the environment, Chinese medicine works with the body’s inherent healing power to restore balance and maintain optimal health. Treatments include acupuncture, herbal formulas, massage, breathing and exercise (such as qigong), diet, and lifestyle advice.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture at Wildwood is based on a style called Classical Chinese Medicine. This ancient form of medicine is a healing art with an elegant approach to complicated health issues. It has been practiced for over 2,000 years with a philosophy that all disease stems from an imbalance of energy. The skilled practitioner is able to identify warning signs to prevent the onset of illness as well as to prevent further complications of existing disease.
Signs and symptoms along with a thorough evaluation are used to guide the practitioner in determining an assessment and treatment plan to achieve improved wellness and optimal health.
The tools of a Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner include acupuncture, herbal therapy, moxibustion, cupping, diet and lifestyle modifications, and Qi Gong (meditative exercise).
Acupuncture is the use of sterile, stainless steel needles with the goal of to regulate the qi (energy) of the body. By influencing this energetic system, the body can return to a place of balance. In essence, acupuncture allows the body to function better. When the body functions correctly, symptoms improve and an overall sense of wellness results.
Will you work with my preexisting doctors?
It is our policy to communicate with preexisting primary care physicians regarding the treatments clients receive. We consider our treatments a crucial adjunct to your health care and will work as a team with other practitioners.
Should I stop current medications?
No. You will not be told to stop or alter any medications that have been prescribed by another doctor. If you have the desire to alter prior medications, speak directly to the prescribing physician about your options. We will work with your physician to find alternative treatments if appropriate.
Will the treatment affect my medications?
Interactions between medications and specific herbs, vitamins, and supplements can occur in certain situations. This is why the practitioners at Wildwood Medicine will review all current medications and supplements that clients are taking prior to prescribing additional medicines
Does Wildwood Medicine Take Insurance?
Many insurance companies currently cover acupuncture and physical therapy services. Wildwood Medicine does contract with some private insurances. Please call for specific questions regarding insurance coverage.
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