Integrative medicine is the joining of healing practices from ancient tradition and modern evidence-based science. A doctor of integrative medicine incorporates knowledge from several disciplines and uses both conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response. Here at NEIM, we join medicines from Eastern and Western traditions, providing Naturopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, and Pharmacology. With the capabilities of modern science, NEIM also provides a variety of laboratory services.
Holistic medicine, treating the body, mind, and spirit
- Utilizing safe, but effective therapies to restore health and to prevent disease
- Naturopathic Doctors are trained in both Eastern and Western medicines. They can diagnose and treat disease, can order lab tests, and if needed, prescribe certain medications.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The Naturopathic Doctor seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic doctors follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
- Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic doctors encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
- Prevention: Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of Eastern Medicine and originated in ancient China thousands of years ago. This type of medicine involves using diet, herbs, acupuncture, and cupping to help prevent and treat disease. It is based on the concept of Yin and Yang and how imbalances between these cause illness and lead to disease. Our doctors uses TCM and Acupuncture to help bring the body back into balance to help treat and prevent disease.
Many conditions can benefit from TCM and acupuncture, such as:
- Pain (acute and chronic)
- Sleep disorders (e.g. insomnia)
- Digestive disorders (e.g. constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel disease/syndrome)
- Menstrual disorders or irregularities
- Sexual dysfunction
- Migraines and other headaches
- Weight loss
We are now offering an Acupuncture Happy Hour, every last Monday of the month* from 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. Registration is required as space is limited. Cost is $30 per person, $50 per couple (friend, family, or spouse. This is great for those who would like to learn more about acupuncture and to experience how it can help your health.
*exceptions are May 22nd and December 18th, due to holidays
Homeopathy was founded by Samuel Hahnemann in Germany around the end of the 18th century. It is based on two main concepts, “like cures like” and “law of minimum dose.” Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on signs and symptoms and given in a very small dose. It was discovered that the smaller the dose, the more potent it is. Remedies are made from substances like plants, minerals, and animals, and then go through hundreds and hundreds of dilutions. They are given to help guide and stimulate the Vis Medicatrix Naturae. They are most commonly given as a sugar pellet to be dissolved under the tongue. Remedies are very easy to take and safe enough for children and in pregnancy.
Homeopathy can help with chronic and acute illnesses, including grief and trauma.
Botanical Medicine is the Western term for medicinal herbs. It is used in the East and West and is where pharmaceuticals originated. Many plants found on Earth contain ingredients that are very healing to the body and mind. Botanical Medicine can help with cuts and bruises, but can also help with digestion, pain, mood, energy, sleep, and much more. This can be a much safer and more effective way of treatment when compared to pharmaceuticals. Commonly given in a dried form in capsules or liquid form in a tincture.
Dr. Yang often creates a custom tincture for her patients to address specific needs.
Hippocrates once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Food is medicine and what you eat is important for restoring health and preventing disease. Improving the diet can help prevent the need for medications and can increase quality of life. Since each person is different, one diet may not be appropriate for everyone. Dr. Yang takes the time to make recommendations for a diet that is right for you.
If you are looking for a diet to help with weight loss, Dr. Yang can create a plan for you, but she an also do an evaluation to see if there is anything going on that would hinder weight loss. If the body is not healthy and not working optimally, metabolism slows down and the body has a hard time letting go of excess weight. When the body is healthy and it is getting proper nutrition, it will be at a normal body weight.
Cleansing and Detoxification is a common practice in Naturopathic Medicine. Using certain foods and if needed, supplements, it is possible to stimulate the body’s own ability to detox and to remove toxins that have accumulated over the years. It is also a great way to identify any food allergies or sensitivities.
Food allergies are becoming more common and should not be ignored. Eating a food that the body is reacting to leads to an increase in inflammation, which can be damaging to the body. Food allergies have been correlated with digestive symptoms, joints pains, headaches, skin rashes, fatigue, and even behavioral disorders such as ADHD/ADD.
Mayan Uterine Massage
Mayan uterine massage is a traditional Mayan healing technique that primarily addresses female reproductive concerns. The technique involves the use of massage and gentle physical alignment of the uterus, which can support female pelvic health. Mayan uterine massage can also be incorporated into Naturopathic Medicine by using other treatment options such as Botanical Medicine, Acupuncture, and Homeopathy. Common conditions treated with the use of Mayan uterine massage include menstrual cramps, heavy or irregular menstruation, low back pain as well as infertility. There are some contraindications to this technique and based on your initial visit we can decide if Mayan uterine massage is right for you!
This highly effective and safe treatment modality involves the use of homeopathic combination remedies known as UNDA Numbered Compounds. The main goal of Biotherapeutic Drainage is to gently detox the body at a cellular level and enhance the body’s natural ability to remove toxic metabolic waste without exerting excessive force on our organ systems of elimination. Upon your initial appointment, a thorough intake will be conducted in order prescribe the appropriate drainage remedies for you. Typical prescription includes 3 combination remedies that are aimed to address the core issue or cause to disease. Biotherapeutic Drainage can be used to treat many different acute and chronic conditions including: fatigue, headaches, acne, pain, allergies, digestive disorders and many more!
Gemstone Therapy is an energetic therapy that can be used to restore overall health and wellbeing. Simply, it is based on the theory that all matter, including the various tissues of the human body, is composed of atoms possessing different types of vibration or frequencies. This results in numerous subtle energies found throughout life. It is also believed that unhealthy or diseased tissue tends to function at different frequencies. Therefore, gemstones can be used to transmit energy or manipulate sub-optimal frequencies of unhealthy tissue and restore it back to homeostasis. Each gemstone posses different frequencies and can be used for different health conditions such as fatigue, headache, depression or anxiety, digestive issues, and so much more. In Naturopathic Medicine, Gemstone Therapy is a useful adjunctive treatment that can promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. Your doctor will discuss with you whether this therapy will add benefit to your treatment.
including compounding pharmacy
Naturopathic Doctors can prescribe certain medications, such as hormones, antibiotics, and medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This also allows Naturopathic Doctors to take patients off medications. The goal of treatment is to restore health and minimize the need for medication. Often as the body becomes healthier, medications can be weaned off and only be used for emergency purposes. Pharmaceuticals are used only if necessary and is typically not the only form of treatment.
- Routine blood tests
- Food and environmental allergy testing
- Comprehensive stool testing
- Nutrient testing
- Special testing to evaluate different types of toxicities
- Salivary hormone testing (e.g. adrenal hormones and sex hormones)
- Genetic testing (e.g. mTHFR)
- Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth (SIBO) testing
And much more.
- Routine physical exams (including female & male exams)
- Traditional Chinese Medicine Tongue & Pulse examination
- Exams needed to help the doctor understand a person’s symptoms
- Examples: listening to the heart and lungs, looking in the ears, nose, and throat, palpating the abdomen, checking reflexes or signs of the nervous system, etc.