Naturopathic Medicine

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Nutritional medicine – using the purest & highest quality nutritional vitamins, minerals, and nutraceuticals to promote healing & health
  4. Herbal medicine – using the highest quality herbs and medicinal plants to address individual health issues and to promote healing & health
  5. Homeopathic medicine– applying homeopathy as an effective system of natural medicine to promote healing & health
  6. Hydrotherapy -using applications of hot and/or cold water therapy to stimulate the immune system and to promote healing & health
  7. 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:

  1. The body can heal; nature can heal
  2. Identify and remove the cause of illness in the individual patient
  3. First, do no harm – use the least invasive, effective method to heal the individual patient
  4. Teach the patient about one’s own’s health; empower each individual
  5. Treat the whole person; treat the whole individual
  6. Prevent disease and future illness
Clinical Nutrition

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Frodermann understands that healthy foods and nutrition are the foundation for optimizing health and wellness.  She focuses on providing an individualized diet to support your present health challenges while gathering information about your past medical history, lifestyle choices, and family history.  She seeks to discover underlying nutritional imbalances with the assistance of conventional and/or functional laboratory assessments.  Dr. Frodermann provides you with regular support to make vital changes in lifestyle, dietary, exercise, and stress management habits.  Dr. Frodermann’s regular guidance will help you achieve and maintain a healthier body, improve your overall vitality, assist in your management of chronic disease, and reduce the risk for serious health conditions while supporting you and your body’s ability to heal itself.

Homeopathy

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 imbalance, or disharmony, and that the recovery of one’s health is arrived at by treating the person holistically. When receiving individualized homeopathic therapy, the focus is placed on understanding the individual’s specific and unique collection of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.

The word ‘homeopathy’ originates from the Greek language and means “like a 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 collective imbalances. The remedy given must match the totality of the unique physical, mental and emotional symptoms of the individual.

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and wholly natural system of healing that 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 complaint, symptom, 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 United States FDA recognized preparation as 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 medications. The science of homeopathy and the treatment of individuals with homeopathic remedies carries a two-hundred-year record of safe use among patients of all ages, from babies to seniors, including pregnant and nursing mothers. The use of homeopathy has been successfully used by holistic veterinarians to foster 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 particularly toxic substance could treat and cure the very same symptoms caused when that same toxic substance was administered in standard conventional doses used in allopathic medicine during that time period.

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.

Homeopathic Treatment

Dr. Frodermann uses homeopathic medicines as one of the treatment options for her clients.  A homeopathic consult is a comprehensive interview in which all physical, psychological, and emotional issues challenging the client are gathered.  Dr. Frodermann will then research your list of symptoms in order to find the single best remedy, the one which is most similar to the ‘totality’ of your symptoms.  That homeopathic prescription will be given to initiating your body to rebalance and assist in your healing journey. The health changes that are initiated will be followed closely over several months, and even years, to evaluate and continue to promote this healing change. You may need one or a succession of remedies for sustained health improvements and increased vitality.

There are two main categories of treatment with homeopathy; one is for acute illness and the other being for chronic conditions.  Acute treatment is for the illness of recent onset, which the body might otherwise overcome on its own, but without support. The appropriate homeopathic remedy will gently stimulate the body to recover more quickly and efficiently and minimize suffering.

Chronic, or constitutional, treatment is of a chronic disease, which might be of long-standing nature or a recurrent health problem of 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, complemented by other naturopathic support. Healing is commonly a process or a journey, which can be made all the more successful with a correct homeopathic prescription.

Dr. Frodermann 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) 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

Bowenwork

Bowenwork is a gentle, soft-tissue body therapy that induces healing and restores balance. Bowenwork involves the practitioner applying a series of gentle, rolling ‘moves’ over specific locations, which stimulate muscles and tendons while initiating relaxation and structural realignment. Bowenwork balances energy similar to acupuncture, and like acupuncture, Bowenwork is a holistic, full-body treatment. Bowenwork is conducted via the practitioner’s hands instead of the use of needles.

It has been said that Bowenwork is as powerful as acupuncture, as relaxing as a massage, as balancing as Cranio-sacral therapy, and as effective as spinal adjustments – all in one! Historically referred to as “The Original Bowen Therapeutic Technique,” and designed and perfected by Thomas A. Bowen (1903-1982) of Australia, this therapy is now taught to practitioners around the world.

Bowenwork is also referred to as ‘the homeopathy of bodywork,’ for each session addresses one’s individual body holistically (from head-to-toe) as well as at the body-mind level. Bowenwork is effective for many dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system as well as for chronic pain syndromes and neurological complaints including (yet not limited to) frozen shoulder, low back pain, neck pain, disc-associated pain, strains, sprains, asthma, hayfever, stomach problems, urinary issues, headaches, hormonal imbalances, fertility problems, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, pain from Lyme disease, arthritis, and other issues inducing chronic pain syndrome.

Bowenwork triggers a restorative healing process at the cellular level and within the nervous system to melt away pain, restrictions, and tension. It is safe and effective for newborns, the elderly, and for children and adults alike.

For more about Bowenwork: http://www.americanbowen.academy/

The Sessions

Bowenwork sessions last between 45-60 minutes. Dr. Frodermann provides corrective procedures tailored to one’s presenting issues. The therapeutic initiation of Bowenwork continues for several days after the session as one’s body integrates the work provided during the session and attempts to rebalance. Building on previous sessions, a treatment stimulates retraining of the body-mind to ‘reset’ and return to a more healthful state. A Bowenwork session has been likened to rebooting a computer after the screen ‘freezes’. The ‘reboot’ releases energy to relaunch a more functional body-mind state.

Bowenwork offers optimal results when utilized in a series of five consecutive weekly sessions, followed by monthly ‘tune-up’ sessions. Using Bowenwork with clients for nearly twenty-five years, Dr. Frodermann is continually impressed with the healing effects noted by her patients with this gentle therapy. Dr. Frodermann herself enjoys receiving Bowen at monthly intervals.

For details: https://www.americanbowen.academy/about-american-bowen-academy/about-bowenwork/benefits-of-bowenwork

The Practitioner

Practicing Bowenwork since 1996, Dr. Frodermann is certified with the American Bowen Academy. She has studied directly with Oswald and Elaine Rentsch, Australian teachers who learned the technique directly from the originator, Mr. Tom Bowen. She has participated in Advanced Bowenwork Training with the Rentschs since 2003, has achieved her “Professional Bowenwork Practitioner 500 Hours” certificate. She is certified as an Associate Instructor with the Academy.

Healing Common Health Conditions: addressed, treated, improved, cured

Dr. Frodermann will assess the underlying causes, provide natural treatment protocols, and assist you in healing while optimizing your body’s ability to potentially cure the following common conditions:

General

  • ADHD
  • acne
  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • candida
  • eczema
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • hives
  • immune support
  • pain
  • phlegm
  • sinus congestion
  • weight issues

Gastrointestinal

  • Celiac disease
  • colitis
  • constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • diarrhea
  • gallbladder issues
  • GERD
  • heartburn
  • irritable bowel
  • liver issues
  • parasites
  • SIBO
  • stomach pain

Infections

  • bladder infection
  • bronchitis
  • common cold
  • diarrhea
  • ear infection
  • post-viral syndrome
  • sinus infection
  • skin infection
  • sore throat

Women’s Health

  • anemia
  • cysts
  • endometriosis
  • fertility issues
  • fibroids
  • heavy bleeding
  • hypothyroid/ hyperthyroid
  • irregular periods
  • menopause
  • painful periods
  • PMS
  • vaginitis

Chronic Disease

  • allergies
  • asthma
  • autoimmune diseases
  • cancer support
  • cholesterol
  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic inflammation
  • CRIPS
  • diabetes
  • fibromyalgia
  • Grave’s disease
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • heart disease
  • heavy metal issues
  • high blood pressure
  • low blood pressure
  • Lyme disease
  • Lyme coinfections
  • thyroid issues

 Musculo-skeletal

  • arthritis
  • cramp
  • frozen shoulder
  • joint pain
  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • osteoporosis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • pre-surgery support
  • post-surgery support
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tennis elbow