An Overview of Naturopathic Medicine
and the Integrated Natural Health Center
By Chrysalis Yashpal Jayne, ND
Naturopathic Medicine is recognized in 14 States as primary care physicians. Some form of “naturopathy” is practiced in every state and likely every country. How do I know this? Because many healers, shamans, medicine men and women, herbalists, homeopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, veterinarians and unrecognized others help people and other beings access their healing. Simply put – that is naturopathy.
Naturopathic Medicine is a profession and license in the USA, the ND or NMD. In some way, licensure brings credibility to natural medicine and standards for potential clients. Naturopaths tend to individualize the care of their clients. Naturopathic physicians also individualize their practices. In school we had the opportunity to specialize in certain areas. Later in this article, I will give an overview of my practice.
Actually, years ago, the profession defined unifying principles of Naturopathic Medicine that regardless of our styles of practice, we could all embrace. There are six principles that we agreed on:
Vis Medicatrix Naturae - The Healing Power of Nature
Honoring the inherent intelligence of nature to provide self-healing.
Tolle Causam - Identify and treat the causes
Seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
Primum Non Nocere - First Do No Harm
Utilizing methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side-effects
Avoiding, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms.
Acknowledging the individual’s self-healing process.
Docere - Doctor as Teacher
Educating clients and teaching self-responsibility and lifestyle shifts for greater health.
Recognizing the therapeutic potential of the doctor/patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person
In addition to treating symptoms, an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual, and other health factors are assessed and treated.
Working with clients to assess and correct underlying issues:
Toxicities, deficiencies and dietary and lifestyle choices that lead to dis-ease, including hereditary and constitutional factors.
Now that I have given you a comprehensive overview of Naturopathic Medicine, I will give you an overview of the styles of practice I offer at my clinic in Port Townsend, the Integrated Natural Health Center (INHC). Using a diverse palette of skills, I specialize in chronic dis-ease and preventative medicine. I also work with acute family illnesses, however my focus is to encourage and coach clients to work on the underlying issues that contribute to one’s susceptibility to dis-ease, whether chronic or acute.
So, there are a few ways that people can begin working with me at the clinic. Some of the articles I have written for the Blue Star Gazette describe aspects of our services in greater detail. There are four main entry points to begin our client/doctor relationship. Naturopathic/Bio-energetic Medicine consultations, Classical Homeopathic case analysis, Nutritional and dietary consultations or Bodywork sessions – massage, spinal “tune-ups”, vibrational/shamanic work. We also have frequent educational opportunities at the clinic, by teleconference and online. Supervised cleanses and fasts are available after at least a minimal basic assessment.
Most clients initially come to see me for Naturopathic consultations, working with chronic imbalances, before or after they have been “given” a particular diagnosis. Though a first office visit can be 1 hour, 2 hours is preferable and for a full comprehensive work-up, it takes 3-4 hours depending on the amount of questions and education provided. I prefer to have baseline blood work before the first visit, however, financially; the necessity of it can be determined after the initial visit.
In the comprehensive appointment, approximately 30 minutes is listening to what a client’s chief concerns, goals and intentions are for having our visit together. The next 20-30 minutes, I look at a drop of the client’s blood under a dark-field microscope and do a live blood cell analysis. With this technique, I am getting information about fungal load, B-vitamin status, cellular dehydration, vitality and functionality of one’s detoxification pathways. I usually then perform a “nutritional physical” to look at external signs of deficiencies, determine ayurvedic constitutional make-up through the quality of the pulse, as well as pulse rate and blood pressure. With all of this information gathered, I spend the remainder of the time, approximately 90-120 minutes, doing a full EAV/EDS evaluation and deciding on a comprehensive treatment plan. The treatment plan is designed to be effective over 3 months of time and includes recommendations for general lifestyle shifts, exercise, nutritional/dietary guidelines, supplements, lab diagnostics and potential cleanses to consider. A schedule of follow-up appointments is suggested dependent on the challenges the client is overcoming.
In essence, the EAV/EDS evaluation is an electronic interview with the body in the form of qualitative yes/no questions. These questions are answered by the body’s autonomic nervous system, through the acupuncture meridians, by changing electrical resistance at certain energy points in response to specific stimuli. This phenomenon occurs through resonant frequencies – similar to dialing your radio receiver to the resonant frequency (i.e. FM 98.5) and hearing the information carried. All substances emit frequencies, if resonance occurs; a change is reflected on the readings. In Richard Gerber’s book, Vibrational Medicine, there is an entire chapter or 2 about this type of diagnostic testing. It was originally developed in Germany from the 1950s – 1970s and has continued to evolve ever since. Dr. Reinhold Voll was the founder and its original name is ElectroAcupuncture according to Voll (EAV), it is now called ElectroDermal Screening, EDS. I have been utilizing EAV/EDS technology since 1988, apprenticing for 5 years with Douglas Leber, the developer of the “Computron”, the device I use in my practice. There are MANY things one can accomplish with this device, however it needs to be clearly understood that it is simply an extension and tool of the practitioner. I have chosen to focus my attention on toxicity and nutrition with this device.
In a Classical Homeopathic Case Analysis, I spend approximately 90 minutes listening and directing the client to tell their “story” in such a way to understand what “needs” to be cured. I then spend between 30 minutes and 3 days analyzing the case and deciding on the remedy to use first. During this visit, significant information is gathered in the case-taking interview to address one’s concerns with other naturopathic methods, so this is also an excellent first visit to establish a long-term relationship for your health. Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine introduced and developed by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, at the end of the 18th century. Recognizing that the whole person-mind, body, spirit-is affected when there is illness, homeopathy seeks to treat that whole person. The focus is not the diseased part or the sickness, rather the totality of the individual. Homeopathic medicines, or ‘remedies’, stimulate the body’s self-regulating mechanisms to initiate the healing process. When an individual is in apparent good health, a constitutional case is very helpful to address those areas where one may be “stuck”, whether on the mental, emotional or physical level. Homeopathy may provide the “switch” to move through into a fuller self-healing.
Nutritional and dietary consultations are specific visits to assist, educate and guide clients. Information can be gathered through questionnaires, discussion, pulse testing, in-house lab testing and/or specific EAV/EDS testing. I potentially advise and individualize my recommendations based on Ayurvedic dosha constitutions: vata, pitta, kapha; Lab testing for hypoglycemia, fungal load and fast/slow oxidizer predominance.
I have been a bodyworker since I was 17, for 26 years now, and truly love this work. In my early years, I “apprenticed” with a chiropractor and then in Naturopathic school, I specialized in “manipulative therapies” – the ND word for chiropractic “adjustments” – I have developed my own techniques to align each segment of the spine and term this work - spinal “tune-ups”. I am currently apprenticing with medicine people in South America. I individually combine this experience in the bodywork sessions I provide.
Occasionally we host information nights at the clinic to discover first-hand some of the “things I do”. See you there!