Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathy blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic drugless therapies with the current advances in the study of health and healing. Naturopaths are trained at accredited four-year naturopathic medical schools to be natural health care practitioners with expertise in natural remedies. Coleen Murphy is a graduate of Bastyr University, an accredited 4 year Naturopathic Medical School.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

The Healing Power of Nature-The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The naturopath's role is to identify and remove obstacles preventing recovery and to provide services that support the inherent self-healing processes.

Treat the Whole Person-The harmonious function of all aspects of the individual (body, mind and spirit) are essential to good health. Imbalances in one area affects the whole, so remedies must be based on a comprehensive understanding of the unique individual.

Identify and Treat the Cause-The naturopath seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. Symptoms are the body's attempt to heal and should not be suppressed with treatment.

First Do No Harm-The naturopath must be mindful of the consequences and side-effects of treatment. The more gentle and natural the remedy, the less disruptive and invasive it is to the patient as a whole.

Naturopath as Teacher-The Naturopath's major role is to educate and encourage the client to take responsibility for health, and to be a catalyst for healthful change. It is the client and not the naturopath who ultimately creates and accomplishes healing.

Prevention-The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention of disease, which is accomplished through working in partnership with the client to promote life habits that create good health. The emphasis is on building health rather than fighting disease. Naturopathic Medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.

Naturopathy is appropriate for all states of health including: immune wellness, oncology, detoxification, smoking cessation, addiction recovery, allergies, insomnia, weight loss, prevention and rejuvenation.

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What Can you Expect from A First Office Call (120 Minutes)*

  • Evaluation of prescription drugs and potential interaction(s) with supplements/herbs
  • Education and Clarification of current medical condition and treatment options
  • Naturopathic Treatment plan
  • Review of lab reports
  • Hands on treatment including but not limited to acupuncture, reiki and massage

*As treatment is customized to the individual, services may vary.

If there is something you specifically want to be included, please let us know.

A first office call takes a minimum of 2 hours. All naturopathic services are $80 per hour, insurance is not accepted. Discounts are available for students, seniors and low-income individuals. Please contact us for more information if your financial situation precludes you from seeking our services.

Prior to your visit you will be asked to complete a detailed Health Questionnaire and return it a few days before your appointment. This will help to pinpoint your areas of concern and to list out specific information regarding your current state of health.

During this first office visit, we will address the concerns you mention in the Health Questionnaire. I will obtain a comprehensive health history, review lab work and assess diet and lifestyle. Together we will devise a treatment plan for you to take home. Also, if time allows, I include a hands on treatment such as: Qi Gong, Reiki, Thai Massage, Acupuncture, Swedish Massage or Craniosacral Therapy. Future appointments can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your needs.

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Services

Naturopathy

Naturopathy blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic drugless therapies with the current advances in the study of health and healing. Naturopaths are trained at accredited four-year naturopathic medical schools to be natural health care practitioners with expertise in the natural remedies listed below.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM is the ancient healing practice of China that has been approved by the National Institute of Health to effectively treat a wide array of conditions with little to no side-effects. As an acupuncturist, Coleen Murphy uses acupuncture as a complementary or as a stand alone service. Fine needles are inserted into points along the body's energy channels (meridians) to help the body move into balance and to control pain. TCM incorporates the use of herbs, heat therapy, cupping and other techniques to restore the natural energy flow in the body. This is the most effective treatment for those who want to clear energetic blockages and strengthen the body's natural healing system. For more info click here.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a powerful system that employs highly diluted substances to treat conditions according to the principle that "like cures like". First pioneered by Dr. Hahnemann over 200 years ago, homeopathic remedies act to enhance the body's innate vital force which represents the immune system. Homeopathy is particularly effective when treating emotional and psychological conditions and for conditions that don't respond well to conventional medicine.

Botanical Remedies

This is the use of plants to heal naturally. Scientific research has proven that plant substances are often superior to synthetic drugs for clinical conditions because they are gentler on the body. Herbal remedies are compatible with the chemistry of the human body, are not as invasive and allow the body to use the inherent power of nature to maintain and restore health.

Clinical Nutrition

This is the therapeutic use of food and nutritional supplements to maintain health and treat illness. Many conditions can be treated effectively with food and supplements. The key is to provide the body with nutrients and healthy food choices, so that the body can be strong and resilient. The focus is on building a healthy lifestyle vs. fighting a disease.

Counseling, Education and Stress Management

This service can address the mental attitudes and emotional states that contribute to disease. Coleen believes that each person can identify and remove obstacles preventing their recovery. By recognizing and removing obstacles to health; the body, mind and spirit is supported and the self healing process can begin. The Naturopath's major role is to educate and encourage the client to take responsibility for health, and to be a catalyst for healthful change. It is the client and not the naturopath who ultimately creates and accomplishes healing.

Physical Remedies

This includes naturopathic manipulation of muscles, hydrotherapy, hot and cold water treatments, exercise therapy and a number of massage and bodywork techniques, such as Thai Massage, Swedish Massage and Cranio Sacral Therapy. For detailed descriptions click here.

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