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About Natural Healing

About Natural Healing

All natural healing occurs by the action and timing of a natural inner wisdom present in every individual and throughout all of nature. This inner wisdom is often referred to as the �doctor inside.� If a person simply scrapes him/herself, no therapist or doctor can heal that wound, no amount of vitamin, ointment, or bandage will cause the healing, because that work is only possible through the doctor inside. With the advances of modern scientific research, we are able to understand more and more about the processes involved with healing and are able to utilize this knowledge to aid in the healing process but we must always respect the wisdom of the doctor inside.

The fundamental rules that guide any natural healing work are as follows:

1. The body and mind heal themselves naturally through the timing and action of the natural inner wisdom.

2. The body does things for a reason. Thus, symptoms of illness are expressed for an underlying reason. A careful search will always reveal what the body is trying to say.

3. When the body is not healing efficiently, a search through the totality of the individual�s circumstances will reveal the underlying highest cause of imbalance and inefficiency.

4. Remove all obstacles to cure and the body can heal itself more efficiently. When there are obstacles, the inner wisdom is impeded from proceeding in doing the healing work. Obstacles are often found in patterns of diet, elimination, exercise, sleep, and stress management.

5. The body responds to gentle therapy. All natural therapeutic interventions are natural because they encourage efficiency in the natural healing process and never force the body into an unnatural pace, rhythm, or action.

6. A healthful lifestyle will aid in healing and prevent the recurrence of illness. Natural wellness means finding a lifestyle and mental-emotional attitude that helps each individual live to their fullest potential in health and happiness.

In order to heal naturally, we need to work with nature and not force it to act according to our own wishes and desires but trust that the pace, rhythm, and action of the natural inner wisdom is the safest and most efficient way to long term health and wellness. By choosing a path of natural healing, three factors will ensure positive outcome:

- A desire to be healthy.
- Patience
- Commitment to a lifelong lifestyle of healthful living.

Natural wellness means finding a lifestyle and mental-emotional attitude that helps each person live their fullest potential in health and happiness. As every person is unique, finding a lifestyle and attitude becomes a very individualized process. That is what we help people do; doctor means teacher. We provide therapeutic services but also education to empower our clients. Ultimately, the way to health comes from a genuine desire to be healthy, to fully embrace life and to adopt lifestyle habits that promote and maintain that high state of health and contentment.

About Dr. Norman Yen SuHu

About Dr. Norman Yen SuHu

Dr. SuHu is first and foremost a family care doctor. He has repeatedly seen how individuals and families can truly help themselves with minimal medical intervention and mostly through health education and positive encouragement. Change takes time and watching how an individual and family blossom together over time brings Dr. SuHu the greatest joy.

Dr. SuHu honors the presence of a client and approaches the therapeutic relationship with the highest sanctity. He avoids all moral judgements and views every individual as an equal human being. Everyone has a talent and calling in life, and there is not one better than the other. He sees himself as a friend, with a particular talent and calling. Thus, he likes to think of himself as a therapeutic friend.

Dr. SuHu is known for his empathetic presence and honesty. Through his own experience with healing physical and emotional pains and the wisdom imparted to him through his clients, he has been able to show people how to successfully embrace their own journeys and overcome pain and suffering.

Dr.SuHu has been broadly educated with formal degrees with Bachelors in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Masters in Nutrition from New York University, Diplomate in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and Doctor of Naturopathy from the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine. His advanced trainings include Certification in Auricular Acupuncture from the Lincoln Hospital Program for Substance Abuse, Certification in Advanced Clinical Training from the Bombay Health Centre Homeopathic Program, and Certification for the 100 Hour Applied Kinesiology Course sponsored by the International College of Applied Kinesiology. In addition he has completed post-graduate training in the following areas: Dr. Richard Tan�s Balance Method of Acupuncture, Dr. Stephen Chang�s Taoist Healing Arts and Herbal Medicine, Sotai: the Japanese art of body structure balance, Zero-Balancing: the osteopathic method of energy balance through the bones, Visceral Manipulation: osteopathic approach to correcting organ imbalances, Mechanical Link: osteopathic method of structural balance, Lymphatic Drainage, Cellular Drainage: European method of using homeopathic remedies and herbs to drain toxins from the body.

He has studied and apprenticed with several doctors in acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, and holistic medicine. He is indebted to the following teachers: Dee Ahern PT, Monique Bureau DO, Stephen Chang MD, John Diamond MD, Edward Ellis ND, Frank Ferrarro DC, Howard Fine ND, Gerrard Gueniot MD, Michael Gurevich MD, Eleonore Herschberger ND, Naresh Kaushik ND, Farokh J. Master MD, Andre Saine ND, Ron Schmid ND, Walter Schmitt DC, Richard Tan LAc, William Young OMD, Eugene Zampieron ND. He continues to develop personally by studying world medicines and philosophies, through traveling abroad and frequently attending continuing education seminars and conferences. But the greatest teacher of all has been his clinical experience, for which he is indebted to the countless clients whom were courageous enough to invite him into their lives.

What Clients Say About Dr. SuHu

What Clients Say About Dr. SuHu

Client since June 2002, complaining of back pain and arthritis joint pain.

To Whom It May Concern,

I have been under Norman SuHu�s care since June of 2002 for treatments to help my arthritis. I have been extremely pleased with the results. Norman is very thorough, genuinely concerned, and reassuring, and definitely a positive force. He has taken more time with me than many other doctors to try to get to the bottom of my problem and has offered new ideas and remedies. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I believe that they would benefit from his skills.


L.O., Oyster Bay, NY

Client since February 2000, complaining of panic attacks, arthritis pain, and fatigue.

I am a patient under Norman SuHu�s care. I have seen a very noticeable improvement with several of my health problems. Norman�s expertise using acupuncture and soft tissue work have made a considerable difference not only with my health, but also my outlook at life. Norman is a very caring and understanding person. There should be more like him in the medical profession.

M.F., Hillsborough, NJ

Client since August 2000, complaining of chronic migraine headaches, excessive worry, fatgue, and chilliness.

For many years, I have had frequent and painful migraine headaches. Traditional medicine hadn�t offered me any solutions � only more medications with other debilitating side effects. I have been going to Norman for the past two years. Through a variety of alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture and homeopathy, he has made a big difference in both my physical and mental health. My headaches have decreased in frequency and severity.

In addition, my overall health and sense of well being has improved.

C.T., Great Neck, NY.

Client since July 2002, complaining of Bell�s palsy, arthritis pain, psoriasis, and overall dissatisfaction.

I came to Norman SuHu with various complicated health problems; Bell�s palsy, psoriasis, and arthritic knees. I had wanted to see if acupuncture would help the Bell�s palsy on the right side of my face. I felt that Norman was very honest with me that he wasn�t sure if the acupuncture would help in my case. Norman is a very gentle and patient man who made me feel calm when I wasn�t and has helped me to realize that the things that go right or wrong in my life are supposed to happen and that I can�t control my life so go with the flow. Since coming to Norman I have better accepted myself, I feel our long talks have helped in this area.

The herbal remedies and acupuncture that Norman gives me for my health problems have helped me in so many ways. Much to my surprise my psoriasis started getting much better, the pain in my knees has gotten better, as far as my Bell�s palsy, I sometimes see a little improvement and sometimes I don�t.

I feel that this homeopathic kind of treatment has helped me with my various health issues and that Norman SuHu is a dedicated doctor of homeopathy acupuncture who always tries new methods of healing and never gives up.

R.D. Valley Stream, NY

I have known Norman for about 4 years. He has a caring and entirely holistic approach to the use of acupuncture. He has helped me work through the pain, discomfort and muscle stiffness associated with polymyalgia rheumatica and my symptoms have subsided as a result.

S.N. Glen Cove, NY

Services Provided

Services Provided

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Nutrition and Diet
Herbs and Phytotherapy
Cellular Drainage
Applied Kinesiology
Visceral Manipulation
Mechanical Link
Zero Balancing
Positional Release

Dr. SuHu has treated clients with the following acute
and chronic conditions:
Addictive Behavior
Quit Smoking
Pain Management
Chronic Fatigue
Food Allergies
Hay Fever
High Blood Pressure
Dizziness and Vertigo
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Yeast Infection
Fungal Infection
Athlete�s Foot
Parasite Infestation
Back Pain
Common Cold
Weight Management
Multiple Sclerosis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sprained and Strained Joints
Herniated Disc
Peptic Ulcer
Crohn�s Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Bell�s Palsy
Chronic Cough
Post-nasal Drip
Frozen Shoulder
Sexual Dysfunction

Sports Injuries
Mild Burns
Ear Infections
Swollen Glands
Swollen Ankles
Water Retention
Urinary Incontinence
Bipolar Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder
Strep Throat
Chemotherapy Side Effects
Radiation Side Effects
Uncontrolled Hiccough
Nausea and Vomiting
Morning Sickness
Alzheimer�s Disease
Parkinson�s Disease
Guillan Barre Syndrome
Meniere�s disease
Raynaud�s Syndrome
Kidney Stone
Post-surgical Pain
Hot Flashes
Menopausal Complaints
Ovarian Cysts
Irregular Menstrual Period
Menstrual Cramps
Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
Urinary Tract Infections
Sore Throat
Breast Tenderness
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Heel Spurs
Shin Splints
Growing Pains
Insect Bites
Poison Ivy
Lymes Disease
Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Frequently Asked Questions and Fees

Frequently Asked Questions and Fees

Does the natural approach cure all diseases?

The ability of the body to cure depends on many factors, especially genetic predisposition, lifestyle, outlook on life, and time. The natural approach is based on a clear respect for these many factors and for the main principles of natural healing. Dr. SuHu does not make any guarantees of cure because there are no guarantees in nature. There are only the principles to follow and if followed, the client can experience a cure or remission of his/her disease, and if not a cure, then the client can at the very least improve his/her quality of life and reduce pain and suffering.

Do I still need to see my conventional medical doctor while under your care?

Yes. Every person in the health profession has his/her place and role to play in client care. It is not wise to become an extremist in any way, either dogmatically following conventional medicine and shunning natural medicine or blindly clinging to natural medicine and banning conventional care could be dangerous. Every doctor has a right time and place in a client�s care.

How long does it take to get well?

Natural therapeutics serves to enhance the action of the body�s healing capacities and the individual�s efforts to live a healthful lifestyle. However, there is no way to predict the amount of therapeutic intervention required or the therapeutic outcome until the body is able to respond naturally over the course of a few months.

Are there any side-effects with natural medicine?

As with any form of medicine, improper use of any natural remedy can cause some side effects such as bloating, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, etc. However, the remedies used by Dr. SuHu are safe in that they do not result in any life-threatening conditions. Natural remedies often have side-benefits; natural medicine improves the overall health and vitality of the person so that unmentioned problems often resolve with the main complaints.

Do natural remedies have any cross-reactions with conventional medicines?

Cross reactions can occur and that is why clients are reminded to provide to Dr. SuHu a listing of all conventional medications currently prescribed by a conventional medical doctor.

How long does a visit last?

In order to provide the highest quality care, appointments are scheduled according to estimated time required for proper data collection, consultation, and satisfactory therapeutic effect. As a holistic family practice, the first few visits will require more time for the client to become familiar with Dr. SuHu and for Dr. SuHu to understand the underlying causes of the client�s disease. The initial visit can be anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours in duration. Follow-up visits can be 45 minutes to 2 hours in duration.

Is the doctor available to answer quick questions?

Telephone calls and E-mails are always welcome for answering questions, clarifying instructions, and providing therapeutic advice. They will be answered free of charge as long as they do not require more than 10 minutes of time to reply. Otherwise you will be asked to make an in-office appointment or quoted a fee for the out-of-office service.

What is the cost of care?

The cost varies from $50 to $300 per hour.

Why do your fees vary?

Dr. SuHu�s fees includes the cost of consultation and all treatments recommended for that visit. Client's do not pay separately for the various procedures that can be performed, such as a fee for acupuncture, a fee for homeopathic consultation, a fee for counseling, etc. Dr. SuHu�s holistic approach requires that all his knowledge and experience be fully employed at all times to deliver the most efficient and beneficial care for the client. And due to the variability in the services required,  the complexity of every individual�s case presentation, and the estimated amount of additional research time conducted outside the therapeutic session, the fee for appointment sessions range from $50 per hour to $300 per hour. Client care does not stop at the end of each visit, on his personal time, Dr. SuHu continuously re-evaluates the client�s history and researches the best method and approach for his/her care.

All recommended services and fees are explained, discussed, and agreed on with client before they are perfomed and billed for.


Do you accept health insurance coverage?

No. Health insurance plans are not accepted. However, a receipt of payment can be given to the client and s/he can try to claim for reimbursement directly.

How do I find out more about Naturopathic Medicine?

You can visit the Web site of the national organization at

How do I find out more about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

You can visit the Web site of the New York State association at

Dr. SuHu's Favorite Quotes

Dr. SuHu's Favorite Quotes

It is no more possible for one human being to cure another human being than it is for one person to breathe for another.

I cannot cure you, but you can probably cure yourself if you do as I tell you."
James C. Thomson

�The naturopath of the future will be a regular doctor.

He will have changed his methods and adjusted his system to give complete service.

Our schools must advance and our schools must teach what is right in surgery and obstetrics.

There are times even when drugs are necessary.

Don�t be so radical."
Benedict Lust

�In treating a patient, let your first thought be to strengthen his natural vitality."

�I will not give a remedy or do anything which will weaken the vital force.

I give remedies in doses just sufficient to obtain their remedial action and nothing else.

I am ready to �prove all things, to hold fast to that which is good�.�
Eli Jones

�Human beings ought to communicate and share all the gifts they have received from God.

A person who does not bestow on others spiritual things and the joy that is in them has in fact never been spiritual.

People are not to receive and keep gifts for themselves alone, but should share themselves and pour forth everything they possess whether in their bodies or their souls as much as possible.�
Meister Eckhart

�Medicine is for the patient. Medicine is for the people.

It is not for the profits.�
George Merck

�Six reasons on the incurability of a disease � are:
to lead a life of dissipation,
to value money more than health,
to lack proper food and clothes,
to suffer from a fatal illness,
to be emaciated as not to be able to swallow medicine, and
to believe in sorcerers instead of doctors.�
Pien Ch�iao

Tao Healing Philosophy

Tao Healing Philosophy


Tao can be translated from Chinese as meaning �the way�. The Taoist philosophy teaches one to flow with the way of nature, and to find one�s own way in nature.

The Chinese have always been a practical people and thus Taoism is first and foremost a practical philosophy that provides ways to live life to the fullest.  Taoism was scientifically developed through careful observation of nature and human beings to help one discern and live in harmony with natural laws and human psychological and sociological tendencies.  The study and practice of Taoism can improve one�s longevity, health, happiness, and wisdom.

Taoism believes that everything exists on earth for a purpose.  Every human being exists on earth for a purpose and the basis of health is to know oneself and one�s purpose in life.  There are many religions and philosophies of life that can help a person know one�s self and purpose in a general way but ultimately, one needs to and can discover for him/herself in an intimate way who s/he is and why s/he exists.  This is a life long process and at every stage of life, if one can be sure then one�s life will be in a direction of health.

To live requires energy.  Every living being expends energy to carry out its purpose and acquires energy from the environment to regenerate.  To live in health, energy should be utilized efficiently and with focus.  Thoughts are the basic guiding forces of energy and before an action is carried out there is a thought of it.   If one is not sure then the thought pattern can be scattered and confused, leading to scattering of energy.  Health and healing occur best when energy is directed and flowing efficiently.

The Taoist basis of health is thus the combination of these two principles of knowing and energy.  It is often forgotten by people nowadays that health involves body, mind, and spirit.  Taoism recognizes that health requires a balance amongst all three parts of any person.  Energy flow is the link between these
three parts of a person.  For example if a physical injury occurs, the energy flow in a person becomes altered and this can lead to changes in the mental and spiritual state of the person.  Likewise, if a person is under great mental stress and anguish the flow of energy can be altered and thus effect the body.  Such as in the case of stress related stomach ulcers.

There are many levels of health.  In general to be healthy and functioning, there are general Taoist ways of health that apply to all human beings.  For optimal health and creativity each person needs to learn about his/her own special way in this life and world and making clear the meaning of that person�s life.




To live requires energy.  All of life requires the proper flow of energy and blood to carry out actions, deliver nutrients, and eliminate wastes.  According to Taoist philosophy, physical health is a state of free flowing energy and blood throughout the body.  When circulation is blocked by injury, strain, stress, or poor habits then organ functions begin to decline and if the body is unable to self-regulate and repair itself, organ systems become diseased.

Acupuncture is the ancient medical art of gently freeing blockages of energy and blood and thus allowing the body to heal itself.  Acupuncture points are special points on the skin that can be stimulated and result in altering the flow of energy and blood within the body.  In modern scientific studies the stimulation of points have been shown to encourage the self-regulation of several body functions, including blood pressure, temperature, digestive function, nervous function, muscle function, and mental-emotional function. 

The Chinese have mapped out the flow of energy in the body by identifying 12 main channels and 8 extra channels by which energy flows through the body.  These channels connect energy flow between body parts and between the mind and body.  Combinations of points can be stimulated to improve energy and blood flow to certain organs.  Acupuncture is well known for its effect on modifying the perception of pain and as an aid in drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.  However, the applications of this ancient are vast and most applicable for all medical conditions.

 What is often overlooked and which is the most amazing part of the ancient discovery of these points is that certain point combinations can be stimulated and effect one�s mental-emotional state.  This makes acupuncture a truly body-mind form of medicine.  Whether a person�s state of imbalance is caused by a physical and/or mental event, acupuncture can help the body heal itself.
Acupuncture points can be stimulated by a number of methods, the most common being with a needle, or a variety of other methods such as finger pressure, laser light, heat, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, etc.  The method is time proven, safe, and generally painless.  Acupuncture is now practiced with sterilized needles and they are so fine that no pain is created by the stimulation of acupuncture points.  Many methods can be used to stimulate acupuncture points, such as finger pressure, laser light, heat, etc.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine


The Taoist believe that things we do everyday effect our health immediately and most directly.  To live in health is thus to be mindful of our diet, breath, sleep, movement, thoughts, and outlook on life.  These are inescapable activities that we engage in every day of our lives.  When our lifestyle habits are not in harmony with the natural way of our body and mind then imbalance will occur and if left unchecked, will lead to disease.


Food is our first line of medicine given by mother earth.  The quality and type of foods we eat will effect our physical and mental function.


Herbs are our second line of medicine given by mother earth.  Herbs can be considered foods but they have a powerful effect on organ function because the particularly strong odor, flavor, and nutrient content that they possess.  The Taoist recognize herbs, like acupuncture, for the effect they can possess on energy and blood flow in the body but herbs have an additional benefit.  They also provide nutritional effects for organs


Already most households use medicinal herbs as culinary spices, such as oregano, thyme, garlic, ginger, pepper, etc.  Every household could begin

using these basic spices as medicines. There are other classes of herbs that are not used as culinary spices  

Chinese herbal medicines have for centuries been utilized to treat illness and restore balance in the body and mind.  The Chinese method differs from other herbal traditions in that Chinese herbs are always given in formulas and not as single herbs.  These formulas have been time tested and proven to be balancing to the body and not cause side-effects.  When herbs are given as single remedies they can have a more powerful and immediate action on the body but their use must be carefully monitored.  Single herbs can alter energy and blood flow erratically when used inappropriately for long periods of time because they can cause side effects from over-stimulating certain organ systems at the expense of other organ systems.


Chinese herbal medicine is also unique in that the majority of its formulas are designed to promote longevity, beauty, mental capacity, sexual performance and fertility.  Not only were these formulas used to treat disease, but the majority of formulas were created to promote the health, longevity, and sexual virility of the Chinese Emperor and his concubines.  Chinese herbs can thus be used to treat disease, prevent degeneration, and improve physical and mental performance.

Internal Exercises

Internal Exercises

 �Movement is the cause of life� � Leonardo DeVinci

Movement is one of the daily activities of life.  Proper movement and exercise can restore and promote health while improper movement can cause imbalance and excessive wear on the body.  The Taoists created certain exercises to improve circulation of energy and blood as well as to treat specific illnesses.  These movements are never harmful for health and can only improve one�s physical and mental well-being.

The exercises are very simple and can be practiced by young, old, disabled, and physically handicapped
 people.  There are exercises to improve the function of particular organs such as the liver, heart, kidney, etc.  There are exercises to improve senses, such as eye sight, hearing, concentration, etc.  There are also exercises to help one improve sexual performance.

Naturopathic Philosophy

Naturopathic Philosophy

Naturopathy was formally developed in the United States 100 years ago as part of the broadly popular �nature cure movement.� The founders of this movement utilized healthful diet, fasting, herbs, exercise, massage, and hydrotherapy to promote the natural healing power from within. The profession has evolved to a broader holistic approach that fully accepts and utilizes the advances of modern medical research to improve centuries old methods. Many holistic centers exist across the country where teams of medical doctors and allied health professionals work side-by-side with naturopaths as a team in managing the care of cancer patients. There are currently eleven states in America that recognize naturopaths as primary care physicians.

From the naturopathic viewpoint, the single greatest impediment to healing is the build-up of toxins consumed through the environment and produced through body metabolism. The primary aim of naturopathy is to help the body break down and eliminate toxins and to provide a lifestyle that minimizes the intake and production of toxins. The doctor inside naturally deals with toxins efficiently but when we choose unhealthful lifestyle decisions the toxins can not be dealt with properly. When these decisions become long term habits, they can become obstacles to cure.

Naturopathy among all the natural therapeutic approaches best addresses obstacles to cure. Removing obstacles to cure include revision of diet, detoxification of the tissues and opening of the channels of elimination, improving the living environment, and counseling for stress management. The body can heal itself more efficiently through processes of waste removal and tissue regeneration when obstacles are removed and with the positive encouragement of proper function through prescribed exercises, massage/body work, and hydrotherapy. The first line of medicine should always be the maintenance of proper lifestyle because 70% of all disease can be reversed by the body once obstacles to cure are removed.

The �healing crisis� is often spoken of among nature cure advocates. This is simply the body�s strong reaction to remove toxins from the body, which results in flu-like symptoms such as sleepiness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, etc. This reaction does not always occur and the severity of the reaction depends on the amount of toxins the body needs to eliminate. Naturopathic methods help to encourage this reaction as smoothly and as comfortably as possible. It is quite natural to feel a little more discomfort before you start feeling better. When the body is healing, it is necessary to be patient and trust the doctor inside.

Often with naturopathic methods alone, a person can regain health and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. For example, lets look at M.T.�s situation when he first came to see us. M.T. is a 47 year old school administrator who complained of frequent bowel movements, which his medical doctor diagnosed as Crohn�s disease. Over the years, he had tried various health food supplements and tried eliminating some foods from his diet but nothing seemed to provide any long term consistent relief. We evaluated his situation and placed him on a diet free of wheat, oats, barley, rye, corn, and dairy. We asked him to eat brown rice products and to avoid added sugar. We gave him some simple home remedies/self-help tips to follow such as chewing his food thoroughly before swallowing, rubbing his abdomen for a few minutes after each meal, and dry skin brush before showering. Within two days he noticed a significant change in frequency and consistency of his stool and continues to do well.

Nutrition Therapy and Diet

Nutrition Threrapy and Diet

Holistic medicine respects the unique characteristics of every individual and thus everyone is approached differently.  Naturopathic nutrition and diet therapy consists of choosing high quality food, individualizing a dietary plan for each person, and when needed adding vitamin and/or mineral supplementation to aid in repair of tissues.

There is no one diet that is suitable for all people.  However, there are basic principles that can be followed that will help all people.  A clean source of food will be helpful for all people, and this includes foods free from pesticides, antibiotics, and growth hormones.  These foods are readily available as organically grown foods.  In addition, foods that are eaten as close to their natural form are often more nutritious.  For example, brown rice with the whole fiber is more nutritious and healthier for the digestive function, as opposed to white rice which often has B vitamins added to make up for the deficiencies caused by refining and milling.

There are commonly groups of foods that cause allergic and sensitivity reactions in many people.  It is often necessary to eliminate certain food items from the diet for a period of time as the body is healing.
Then when health is restored, certain food items may be re-introduced into the regular diet on an occasional basis.

Individualizing a diet requires knowing the basic metabolic nature of the person.  This is dependent on several factors such as one�s stage of life (such as infancy, adolescence, pregnancy, menopause, etc),
level of physical activity, and one�s genetic predispositions.  Guidelines for a regular dietary plan  can be determined by one�s metabolic tendency, however it will be up to experimentation to fine tune the diet according to individual needs.  This requires trial and error on the part of the person, with guidance from the doctor.  As the person becomes more aware of his/her body and develops a higher degree of sensitivity, it becomes very simple to determine if certain foods are beneficial or harmful at any given time.

Nutrition supplementation can be a very important part of maintaining health, preventing illness, and aiding healing processes.  The current state of nutrition contents of foods is poor because the depleted state of the soil due to unnatural agricultural practices over the last 200 years.  In addition to the decline in nutritional quality of foods, the current exposure to environmental pollutants stresses the body�s enzyme systems which necessitate nutritional support.  Supplementation must be applied at the right time and at the right dosing, because the body can easily become desensitized to the nutrient.  The principle of rotation helps achieve the best clinical results.

Herbal Medicine, Phytotherapy, Gemmotherapy

Herbal Medicine and Phytotherapy

Through thousands of years of human experience, plants have been used to aid the body in healing injuries and supporting organ functions.  Many systems of herbology have been developed throughout the centuries.  The most popular ones that are in use today include specific medication, eclectic medicine, native American indian herbs, Ayurvedic medicine (Classical Indian medicine), Chinese Herbal medicine, phytotherapy (�phyto� means plant), gemmotherapy (plant bud preparations).

Used judiciously, herbs can be used to aid the healing process when the body is imbalanced, prevent illness,  or sustain the body through stressful periods and combat the effects of aging.  Herbs were never meant to be used on a daily basis unless it was for a specific purpose.  For example, coffee was originally used as a medicine by the native indians, it was never meant to be used as a daily part of the diet as it is so commonly seen in america.

Herbs in its various preparations can be used to aid in numerous health conditions.  Many common herbs can be used as home remedies for minor ailments.  Special formulas can be utilized to help relieve the symptoms of illness, such as asthma, bronchitis, infections, intestinal disturbance, etc.

Modern pharmacological studies have helped identify plant chemicals that may be helpful in aiding the body in numerous serious conditions, such as cancer.  Many studies have shown how these plant constituents can be used to enhance the immune system action on cancer cells.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is a 200 year-old medical art that utilizes substances from the plant, animal, and mineral kingdom to help the body restore balance on the mental, emotional, and physical planes.  Disease is understood as an imbalance of the self-regulating capacity of the body, caused by some shock or trauma to the system, or by a genetically inherited problem.  Homeopathic remedies help the body regain self-regulating function to help deal with and reverse the imbalance.

The homeopathic medical process is the most holistic of all approaches because it requires an exhaustive gathering of medical information on the mental, emotional, and physical realms of the person.  An extensive medical history is necessary to gather the
 totality of symptoms and then a remedy is chosen that can treat the total symptom picture of the client. 

Homeopathy has also been called a medicine of memory because it can enable the emotional body to revisit stored memories of trauma and encourage appropriate processing, discharging, and moving forward in healing.  Thus like acupuncture, homeopathic remedies can aid in many �psychosomatic� complaints, but also mental emotional imbalances.

The system is the safest form of natural therapy because remedies are prepared by diluting the substance until it has no poisonous effects on human physiology.  And thus at these dilutions, it is not be chemical action but by the nervous system receiving messages from the remedy which encourage self-regulation.  The remedies simply remind the doctor inside to heal the body naturally.  Homeopathic remedies are safe because there is no fear of physiologic poisoning effects.  To date no adverse reactions of remedies have been reported.

Physical Medicine and Manual Physiotherapy

Physical Medicine and Manual Physiotherapy


There are many ways to help the body heal.  All methods have there place.  When there is a physical problem, then physical measures need to be employed to improve the body�s healing process.  Herbs, homeopathy, nutrition, counseling, and acupuncture can aid in the process, but physical manipulation and exercise may be the most direct effectors on healing.

Many forms of physical medicine have been developed over the centuries, including massage, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, osteopathic manipulation, Chinese tui-na, shiatsu, etc.  All these methods have their therapeutic merit and they can often be complementary to each other.

In the Naturopathic approach, symptoms are recognized as having a purpose.  Symptoms are never to be suppressed.  The body expresses symptoms of pain because it is trying to make adaptation and compensation for several reasons, including the results of physical trauma/injury, repetitive strain, chronic poor posture, and transition into different stages of life (such as a woman becoming pregnant).  Pain is just a sign that the body is trying to fix something.  The Naturopath aim is three-fold, to help relieve the pain, modify habits that cause strain on the frame, and to help the body make its compensatory adaptations with the greatest ease and efficiency.

Assessment of the physical body requires careful evaluation of muscle strength, posture, motion, and nerve function/reflexes.  Once the underlying cause of the imbalance is identified, treatment can be aimed at improving muscle strength, relieving tension on bone and ligament, improving blood flow to effected parts, etc.  Electrical stimulation to muscles is one helpful method to relax spasm and improve blood flow.  Massage techniques and osteopathic manipulations are very helpful in relieving tension in the body�s tissues.

Hydrotherapy (water application) has been the bread and butter of naturopathic practice for over 200 years.  The appropriate use of hot and cold water application by direct water bath or indirect towel or cloth can have a dramatic influence on physiologic healing.  Hot and cold applied in the appropriate reflex regions of the skin and for the right duration can optimize blood flow to deep tissues and joints.

Osteopathic manipulation can be used by itself as a method to promote the body�s own self-regulatory system.  Techniques such as mechanical link, cranial sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, positional release, and lymphatic drainage help free blockages in the body�s tissues and help remind the body how to self-correct imbalances in the connective tissues.

Movement is life.  A proper exercise program is necessary for all persons.  Health cannot be maintained if there is poor circulation of energy and blood.  Regardless of age and health status, every person can follow an individualized exercises program to improve muscle tone, heart function, and lymphathic flow.  A strong body can resist illness.

Bodily Detoxification

Bodily Detoxification

Toxins interfere with liver function and thus impair whole body functions.  Physical and mental function can be vastly enhanced by the processing and elimination of toxins.

Homeopathic remedies, herbs, hydrotherapy, and exercise are excellent means of helping the body eliminate toxins.  These measures can improve the efficiency of the organs of elimination, namely the liver, kidney, skin, lungs, and digestive tract. 

Body Toning and Facial Rejuvenation

Body Toning and Facial Rejuvenation


Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines have for thousands of years accumulated methods of restoring and maintaining youthful complexion and body figure.  The monarchy of China and India sponsored extensive research into these areas to preserve youthfulness and longevity of the ruling class.  In modern times, these ancient techniques can be employed by anyone to help maintain body tone and beauty.

Acupuncture is known to aid in preventing and treating facial wrinkling.  Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal preparations can be helpful for promoting hair growth, reducing body fat, cleansing the skin, and erasing blemishes.  The effectiveness of these methods are generally good but results are always dependent on individual cases.

Athletic and Physical Performance

Athletic and Physical Performance


Professional athletes put their bodies through great amounts of physical strain.  Often with competitive schedules, there is insufficient time to recuperate between games.  The best way to achieve a long lasting and successful athletic career is to allow the body time to rest.

Many approaches can be used to enhance performance, reduce and prevent injury, and enhance healing time.  Diet is the basis for proper energy supply for competitive matches and training.  Physical medicine is necessary to maintain muscle flexibility and strength.  Herbs and homeopathic remedies can be used to enhance healing of injuries.

Performance very often can be enhanced by guided visualization meditation.  Along with the regular incorporation of the Japanese therapeutic exercise called Sotai, an athlete can enjoy better coordination and resist injury.

Mental and Creative Performance

Mental and Creative Performance


Artists and creative thinkers often develop mental fatigue and/or creativity blocks.  Counseling and homeopathic remedies are often very helpful in re-energizing nerve and creative function.

Immune System Enhancement

Immune System Enhancement


Prevention of disease highly depends on the body�s immune system.  The immune system is the body�s defense against pathogenic bacteria, virus, parasites, and environmental toxins.  In most developed countries, people are aware of rationale behind immunization against bacteria and virus.  However the more basic first line of defense is often forgotten.

The natural defense consists of barriers, elimination, fever, and friendly flora.  Barriers include skin and mucus membranes.  If the skin is healthy then invaders cannot penetrate.  Mucus membranes are present to block entry harmful chemicals and microbial agents.  Mucus is formed to protect the body.  The body has reflexive actions such as vomiting and diarrhea to eliminate harmful substances from the body.  Fever is produced to inactivate bacteria and virus as well as increase the action of the immune system.

There are billions of bacteria colonizing the skin, hair, respiratory tract and digestive tract.  In fact the number of bacterial cells that live on our bodies is greater than the number of cells of our own bodies.   These bacteria are meant to be our friends.  They prevent pathogenic bacteria from colonizing and attacking us.  They even produce vitamins and help process foods to aid in our digestion.  These friendly bacteria are a forgotten equation in our immune system.

Prevention should thus work on improving the function of our natural defenses.  Medicated oil massages can improve the function of skin by nourishing it and the friendly bacteria.  Hydrotherapy can help improve the blood flow in mucus membranes.  Hydrotherapy can also help the body go into a fever-like state to aid in destroying microbes.  High fiber diets and supplementation of friendly dietary flora can vastly improve the digestive function and prevent intestinal infections.


Embracing Pain, Stress, and Suffering

Embracing Pain, Stress and Suffering

Life can be seen as a difficult and scary undertaking.  As the founder of Buddhism stated, �life is suffering�.  The reasons for suffering can be numerous, including chronic pain, relationship differences, communication difficulties, genetic predispositions, etc.

The way that one views life has a large part to do with how much a person suffers in life.  Ideally it is the goal of every person to develop his/her own philosophy of life that enables him/her to live life with happiness, gratitude, and love. 

Natural medicine has the potential to help any person to live a happy and healthy life.  In general it often entails helping the person to take on a more natural way of living, using therapeutic means to alleviate pain and disease, and to help the person know who s/he is and his/her purpose in life.

By individual basis, a program of counseling, homeopathy, and other natural medicines can really help a person live life to the fullest.

Addictive Behavior and Substance Abuse

Addictive Behavior and Substance Abuse


Substance abuse is often linked to chemical imbalances in the body caused by genetic predisposition, dietary errors, environmental toxins, and trauma.  Addictive behavior also has similar roots but also a strong influence from relationship difficulties.

Counseling and natural medicine can be very helpful in helping a person break addictive behaviors.  Natural substances can help alleviate drug withdrawal symptoms, bring organ systems back into balance, and correct chemical imbalances.  Meditative techniques and relationship counseling can bring about awareness.  Successful change often requires the person to be willing to make changes in how s/he relates to others and how s/he views life.

Natural Medicines for Mental-Emotional Balance

Natural Medicines for Mental-Emotional Balance


There are numerous methods available to help bring about mental-emotional peace.  Homeopathic medicine is the best means available to help deal with the genetic predispositions inherited.  By rebalancing this factor, deep seated mental and emotional difficulties can be alleviated such as, compulsive behavior, obsessional thinking, delusions, depression,
mania, etc.  This healing process needs to be coordinated with counseling and support.  The person benefits most if s/he is placed in a therapeutic environment, conducive for healing to occur.

Other aids in the healing process include the use of herbs to correct chemical imbalances, rejuvenate organ systems, and nourish the nervous system.  Acupuncture is known as a body-mind medicine for its ability to encourage the body�s own self-regulatory processes.  Without even speaking about the pain and suffering, acupuncture can bring about a rebalancing of the nervous system and thus produce a sense of peace within the person.  There is a time and place for all therapies.  Sometimes it is appropriate to speak, sometimes a person is not ready to speak.  Holistic and Natural medicine meets the person at their level.

Healing involves patience and encouragement.  Always working with the person�s own natural pace of healing and not forcing the process or imposing any ideas or dogma.  Every person has the power to heal him/herself, natural medicine serves as a guide and helper in the process.

Creativity for Health

Creativity for Health


Creativity has been prescribed as a remedy for the suffering soul probably well before recorded history.  All humans have an innate talent and desire to express a song of healing and love, and this is evidenced by the countless works of art, music and choreographed dances produced since the beginning of human history.  In this century, this area of medicine has been especially researched and much better understood because of the work of John Diamond.  He calls this healing activity - this song of healing and love, a state of Cantillation, which can be achieved by every person through a creative activity, but with greatest ease through music.  When one is in a state of Cantillation, s/he becomes enabled to overcome impediments to the attainment of Joy and Enlightenment.

The highest end of a healer�s work is to guide and encourage the sufferer to attain a state of Cantillation.  In this state, the sufferer can feel love, know love, and be able to give it.  Healing truly occurs when the sufferer is able to receive and give love, in true altruism.  Anyone can create a work of art or music that can be healing for oneself and to those whom it is shared with. The state of Cantillation can be achieved in many ways.  Glimpses of it can be attained through any activity in life.  The Zen Buddhist masters have encouraged a meditative art to be applied to all activities in life.  For example, Zen the art of tea making, Zen the art of swordsmanship, etc.  Any activity done with the intention of healing and with the mindfulness required, will lead a person into a state of peace and contentment.  With proper guidance, one can be able to achieve this more and more on a daily basis, no matter in what circumstance.



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