Below are descriptions of the Naturopathic tools or modalities that I utilize in my practice to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information.
Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
Botanical medicine is the use of plants with medicinal properties to balance and strengthen the systems of the body. This powerful form of medicine has been utilized for thousands of years by many cultures around the globe, and is in fact the origin of many pharmaceutical drugs today. Herbal preparations are commonly used in the form of liquid extracts, tablets or teas.
Clinical Nutrition & Supplementation
Good nutrition is an essential component to phenomenal health. The foods we put into our bodies are more than just fuel to get you through the day. Proper nutrition has the power to reset your genetic code, enhance mental sharpness and mood, improve immune function, balance hormones, and help you achieve peak performance and maintain optimal weight permanently. Naturopathic Doctors also have extensive training in using nutritional supplements when deemed appropriate.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Acupuncture
TCM is a complete system of medical assessment and treatment with a 2,000-year history of clinical application. It is based on the principle that good health is dependent on the smooth flow of vital energy, Qi (pronounced “chi”), along the body’s meridians (energy pathways), and balance between the body’s organ systems. Hence when health concerns arise, patterns of disharmony and energy blockages must be identified and restored. TCM employs a variety of therapeutic tools including acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, and dietary & lifestyle modification.
Acupuncture, in particular, can be viewed as a technique of “energetic plumbing”. The stimulation of acupuncture points with very thin and sterile needles can help remove energy blockages in the meridians, and hence improve organ function and restore health. Acupuncture also provides excellent results for stress management, pain management, injuries, musculoskeletal concerns, sports medicine, as well as aesthetic facial & body rejuvenation.
Freda often applies Mesotherapy techniques in conjunction with acupuncture strategies to enhance the effectiveness and longevity of the above treatments. Please see below to learn more about Mesotherapy.
Mesotherapy is a therapeutic and minimally invasive injection procedure developed by French physician, Dr. Michel Pistor, in 1952. It employs multiple small and superficial injections of natural substances (homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals and amino acids) directly into the dermal layer of the skin, in specific locations depending on its purpose.
It is widely practiced by Medical Doctors in Europe to effectively treat a variety of medical concerns, most notably the skin for anti-aging & aesthetic treatments, and for pain management.
Homeopathy is a form of energetic medicine pioneered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, MD in the 18th century. It has been practiced extensively throughout Europe, India, and other parts of the world with excellent results for both acute and chronic health concerns. Based on the principle of “like cures like”, homeopathic medicine stimulates the body’s natural healing ability to resolve illness and unwanted symptoms, and restore balance. Homeopathic remedies are formulated from diluted doses of plant, animal, or mineral sources, and are dispensed in the form of small sugar granules. They are very safe and non-toxic, and can be used with pregnant women, children and infants; they will not interfere with surgery, prescription drugs, or other natural therapies.
Physical therapies such as hydrotherapy (water therapy), exercise prescription and dynamic taping are often utilized as part of the comprehensive treatment plan to help improve the body's functions, and benefit the spine, joints and soft tissues.
The mind-body connection is a powerful component of everyone’s health and well-being. Our emotions reflect the physical health of the brain, and have been confirmed by research to have profound physiological effects on the body’s immune system, hormonal balance, inflammatory processes, longevity, and the risk and progression of illness. As part of your health team, Dr. Freda Tam, ND is devoted to working with you to make positive and practical adjustments to your daily living, so you can achieve a better state of health and well-being.
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