Naturopathy (natur-AH-path-y) is the art of natural healing, and is deeply rooted in the belief in the body’s inherent wisdom to ‘heal oneself.’ Dr. Benedict Lust coined the term ‘naturopathy’ in the late 1800’s in America, at a time when naturopathy was used by a growing profession of doctors and healers who used European and American botanical medicines, homeopathy, physiotherapy, and water cure therapy. Today, the science of naturopathic medicine is an ever-evolving, vital and holistic system of modern medicine rooted in this historical wisdom. Naturopathic medicine is an art, a philosophy, a science, and an integral healthcare practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness using natural, non-toxic, & non-invasive therapies.
Naturopathic physicians must attend a 4-year residential medical school, and are trained in traditional medical sciences and clinical studies as well as in the therapeutic sciences of nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, and hands-on physical medicine. Naturopathic physicians are licensed in Rhode Island to use natural therapies to promote health & wellness for patients.
The Naturopathic Healing Modalities
Naturopathic physicians are experts in the integrated applications of these natural healing modalities:
- Dietary and nutritional counseling– applying the philosophies of “foods as medicine” for the individual’s needs; identifying foods that are impeding one’s health; using foods to promote vitality; investigating, identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies and imbalances
- Lifestyle counseling – maximizing lifestyle choices to promote health, reduce risks of illness, and prevent or address chronic disease; educating clients in using tools for stress management; optimizing restorative sleep; motivating clients to find enjoyable, beneficial forms of exercise and movement therapy
- Nutritional medicine – using the purest & highest quality nutritional vitamins, minerals, and nutraceuticals to promote healing & health
- Herbal medicine – using the highest quality herbs and medicinal plants to address individual health issues and to promote healing & health
- Homeopathic medicine– applying homeopathy as an effective system of natural medicine to promote healing & health
- Hydrotherapy -using applications of hot and/or cold water therapy to stimulate the immune system and to promote healing & health
- Physical medicine -applying hands-on methods of bodywork such as Bowenwork and Reiki to promote healing & health
The Six Principals of Naturopathic Medicine
The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is distinguished by six philosophical principles:
- The body can heal; nature can heal
- Identify and remove the cause of illness in the individual patient
- First, do no harm – use the least invasive, effective method to heal the individual patient
- Teach the patient about one’s own’s health; empower each individual
- Treat the whole person; treat the whole individual
- Prevent disease and future illness
As naturopathic doctors, we understand that nutrition is the foundation for health and we focus on providing individualized diets based on present health issues, past medical history, lifestyle choices, family history, and laboratory assessments. Our doctors provide support to make lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and stress management strategies by using disease reduction programs such as First-Line Therapy and Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood-type diet. By using these methods, our doctors help patients achieve and maintain healthy body composition, improve overall health, manage a disease, reduce the risk for serious health conditions and lose weight while supporting the body’s ability to heal itself.
If you would like to see an acupuncturist, Carol Seng, offers a health assessment from the Five-Element Chinese medical paradigm. She counsels clients on diet, lifestyle choices and stress management, and offers treatments using Kiiko-style Acupuncture.
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the body’s natural tendency to heal. The Science of Homeopathy recognizes that any and all symptoms of ill health are the individual’s expression of disharmony and imbalance, and that the recovery of one’s health is arrived at by treating the whole person. When receiving homeopathic therapy, focus is placed on understanding the individual’s specific and unique manifestation of physical, mental and emotional symptoms as a collective presentation of the body’s imbalance.
The word ‘homeopathy’ originates from the Greek language and means “like disease”. When treating someone with homeopathic medicine, the single best remedy must be chosen. The remedy given to the individual must be similar to the whole person’s expression of their imbalance. The remedy given must match the collection of physical and mental/emotional symptoms, in totality, of the individual.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing which works with one’s body to relieve symptoms of imbalance, restore energy and vitality, and improve one’s overall health.
Homeopathy is a practice of medicine that embodies a holistic and natural approach to treat suffering and disease. Homeopathic treatment addresses the person as a whole, rather than focusing on an isolated issue or a single diagnosis.
All homeopathic remedies are natural, being acquired from natural sources, such as plants, minerals or animals, and are produced according to the U.S. FDA recognized preparation process outlined in Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. Remedies are created without additives, chemicals, dyes or preservatives.
Homeopathic medicines have none of the concerning side-effects known to be associated with many modern drug medications. The Science of Homeopathy and the treatment if individual’s with homeopathic remedies boasts a two-hundred-year record of safe use of among patients of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant and nursing women, and senior citizens. The use of homeopathy has been successfully used by holistic veterinarians in fostering health in farm animals and pets.
Homeopathic medicines are FDA regulated. Officially recognized under the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the 1965 Medicare Act, and the 1987 FDA Compliance Policy Guidelines, these safe, gentle, and deep-acting medicines can be used to treat persons experiencing many medical conditions.
The History of Homeopathy
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a respected German physician and toxicologist, developed the science of homeopathy based on the principle of “like cures like.” Hahnemann found that minute concentrations of a particular toxic substance could treat and cure the very same symptoms caused when that toxic substance was administered in standard conventional doses used in allopathic medicine at that time. It is from this discovery that Hahnemann developed and perfected the treatment of illness using homeopathic medicine, a science that is now used around the world in every continent.
Drs. Frodermann and Kaz use homeopathic medicines as one of the treatment options for their clients. A homeopathic interview is a comprehensive gathering of all physical, psychological and emotional issues presented to the doctor. The doctor will then research your list of symptoms in order to find the best homeopathic remedy, the one which is most similar to the ‘totality’ of your symptoms. That homeopathic prescription will be given to initiate your body to rebalance and assist in your healing journey.
There are two main categories of treatment with homeopathy; one is the acute illness and the other being more chronic conditions. Acute treatment is for illness of recent onset which the body might otherwise overcome on its own but without support with suffer discomfort and risk for longer periods of time. The appropriate homeopathic remedy will gently stimulates the body to recover more quickly and efficiently.
Chronic or constitutional treatment is of a chronic disease, which might be of long standing nature or a recurrent health problem on the physical, mental or emotional plane. The goal of the doctor is always to help the individual to return to a state of well-being via individualized homeopathic treatment, and may or may not be complement by other naturopathic support, while the body is given the time to heal. Healing is commonly a process, which can be made all the more successful with a correct homeopathic prescription.
Sheila M. Frodermann, ND, DHANP, CCH achieved her board certification in classical homeopathy from the Counsel of Homeopathic Certification (CHC) and was honored as a diplomat of Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP), in 2012, ensuing an eleven-year post-graduate intensive study of classical homeopathy via the New England School of Homeopathy, with mentors Drs. Paul Herscu and Amy Rothenberg. www.nesh.com/sheilafrodermann
Dr. Kaz has a passion for homeopathy and uses this modality frequently for her patients. She attended the Levels of Health conference where world-renowned expert Professor George Vithoulkas presented. She also received a scholarship to study with Dr. Andre Saine in Montreal, Quebec where she attended the Essentials of Acute and Chronic Prescribing course.
Nutrigenomics is a field of science intersecting personalized nutrition with genetics and is the future of individualized healthcare. It examines how our food intake affects our genes function and how our genes respond to certain nutrients. In addition, there is epigenetics which considers how our environment, exercise, and other lifestyle changes affect gene expression.
Benefits of Nutrigenomics
Diet recommendations will be personalized to each individual
Dietary guidelines are based on large-scale studies and are typical “one size fits all” approach. While broad recommendations may work for many people, there are some people that will not see any benefit. With nutrigenomics, genetics can be analyzed to determine how an individual’s body is impacted by the foods they consume and be specific to them.
Supplement/prescription recommendations will improve
The body is not only reactive to different foods, but also to supplements and prescription medications. Especially with prescription medications, an adverse or beneficial effect to the medication can be determined, and if there will be one, adverse reactions can be prevented from occurring. With a nutrigenomic analysis, treatment plans can be personalized based on genes.
Healing Common Health Conditions: addressed, treated, improved, cured
Our doctors will assess the causes, provide natural treatment protocols, and assist you in healing and optimizing your body’s ability to cure the following common conditions:
- immune support
- sinus congestion
- strength nutrition
- weight issues
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- gallbladder issues
- heart burn
- irritable bowel
- liver issues
- stomach pain
- bladder infection
- common cold
- ear infection
- sinus infection
- skin infection
- sore throat
- fertility issues
- heavy bleeding
- irregular periods
- painful periods
- low energy
- low libido
- prostate issue
- autoimmune diseases
- cancer support
- chronic fatigue
- chronic inflammation
- Grave’s disease
- Hashimoto’s disease
- heart disease
- heavy metal issues
- high blood pressure
- low blood pressure
- Lyme disease
- Lyme coinfections
- thyroid issues
- frozen shoulder
- joint pain
- low back pain
- neck pain
- plantar fasciitis
- pre-surgery support
- post-surgical support
- tennis elbow