The following are descriptions of the individual "modalities" that we collectively use at WCNH. These modalities fall within the general umbrella of naturopathic and homeopathic medicine. Each of these modalities is a unique natural approach with its own focus and strength. One of our primary jobs as naturopaths is to identify the natural modality that will most benefit each unique patient. We see these modalities as tools we have to choose from, and in treating any individual patient, we try to find just the right combination of tools for the job.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to illicit the natural healing ability of the body. It is the oldest form of treatment for the body. The formal practice of hydrotherapy was developed in the 1800′s by Father Kneipp, a German priest, and was carried to America by Benedict Lust. Water use was multi-faceted with hot and cold applications, showers, compresses, baths, etc; each had their own function to help the body repair and return it to a "normal state". Hydrotherapy is an effective therapy for improving the immune system, mobilizing the lympatic system, increasing circulation, detoxing, decreasing pain and stress, and increasing vitality.
Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle method of osteopathic manipulation based on sensing the natural rhythms and movements of the craniosacral fluid. Craniosacral therapy can be useful for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, headaches, anxiety, sinusitis, and other chronic problems. CST is a great alternative to chiropractic for a gentler approach to adjustments.
Apart from being in-tune with nature, what you eat and how you eat it is probably the most important thing you will do everyday of your life. At WCNH we will help make individualized dietary recommendation with your health, genetics, and lifestyle in mind. As Hippocrates once said, "Let food by thy medicine and medicine thy food."
Nutrients such as vitamins and minerals play specific and essential roles in almost all biochemical and physiological processes in the body. Clinical nutrition is the use of one or more nutrients in very targeted ways to support proper function, assist detoxification and to promote healing and repair of tissues. The desired nutrients may be given in foods in which they are highly concentrated, as nutritional supplements or by injection.
Many plants have medicinal properties and are not only used around the world as a primary means of medicine but are also the basis for many pharmaceuticals. Traditional medicines have been used by millions of people for thousands of years with positive results and few side effects. Using the extracts of appropriate plants for the treatment of disease is a very effective approach to treating a wide range of ailments. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in the art and science of botanical medicine and are familiar with the scientific research on the therapeutic effects of Western herbs. Many herbal medicines have been standardized to their active constituents and are used currently in Europe and Asia by conventional medical practitioners. It is always important to have a trained professional assess the potential side effects of drug-herb interactions before taking botanicals as treatment.
Homeopathy is a gentle form of medicine that is very effective at treating the whole person – physically, emotionally and mentally. It is a system of medicine founded in the early 19th century by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1775-1843). Homeopathy's key principle is the law of similars or "like cures like". The law of similars states that a disease is cured by a medicine that creates symptoms similar to those the patient is experiencing. Homeopathic remedies are infinitesimal, diluted dosages of natutral substances which, when given in very large amounts, produce the same symptoms of the disease being treated. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness.
Founded by Dr. George Goodheart, Applied Kinesiology links the physics of body movement and muscle testing to health and healthcare. Applied Kinesiology is performed by health care professionals only and can be divided into two distinct parts. One is as an aid in assessment. Muscle testing is used to help assess what is functioning abnormally. The second part of Applied Kinesiology involves the treatment phase. Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines and through the use of accurate, scientific muscle testing, in addition to the basic knowledge of the practitioner, helps direct the care to exactly what the patient's needs are instead of what the practitioner does.
Encouraing patients to talk though factors related to their health can be an important aspect of healing. At WCNH, we help patients to identify elements of their lives that are supportive as well as those that may not be and assist them in finding ways to live a more satisfying and health promoting lifestyle using counseling techniques such as CBT and mindfulness.
Stresses in the structure of the body, such as chronic muscle tension due to a previous injury, can lead to pain, chronic inflammation, a build up of toxins and more distant effects such as impaired nerve and organ function. Relieving these stresses not only reduces pain, tension and inflammation, but can also improve circulation, detoxification and support proper nerve and organ function as well.
Biotherapeutic Drainage is a deep acting therapy, similar to homeopathy, that has been used in Europe over the past 100 years. The plant and mineral based remedies, along with lifestyle modifications, assist the body's individual systems to eliminate toxins that interfere with the body's normal physiology, thus leading to chronic disease. This, in combination with other therapies, provides a deeply effective way of getting to the root cause of disease to then repair and restore that physiology back into balance.
Detoxing from the pesticides and herbicides on the land and in the fruits and vegetables we eat, the heavy metals in our air and water as well as the toxins found in long term medical treatments such as chemotherapy, is a crucial component to obtaining optimal health. Because of the environmental overload of the toxins we are exposed to, our bodies cannot always eliminate them on its own. Toxins can stay in our bodies and find residence in our organs and tissues, altering normal body functioning. By detoxifying and cleansing we can eliminate this burden and restore proper functioning of the body.
Using naturopathic treatment modalities throughout and following conventional treatment for cancer can help to lessen side effects, mitigate stress, and improve outcomes. Dr. Egginton is well versed in the various forms of chemotherapy and radiation and their possible side effects, including effects on nutrition. She will work with you to address all aspects of your treatment as well as making recommendations to strengthen your immune system, as appropriate, to be sure your body is in the best state possible when encountering strong conventional therapies.