Dr. Jeff Appelmann, BSc, ND
One or more of the following can be used in your care, depending on your specific needs. They can be used for promoting your best possible health, for working with more than one health concern, for helping with the side effects of medications and more! All can potentially be combined with conventional medical treatments/medications safely.
Analyzing and modifying the diet in order to maximize the intake of nutrients for an individual, specific for their health needs. It can also involve supplementing the diet with specific nutrients in order to achieve an enhanced therapeutic benefit (for example, supplementing with protein, with healthy fats or with specific vitamins / minerals).
A subcategory of Clinical Nutrition which involves the utilization of nutritional supplements, in a therapeutic fashion, in order to treat certain health conditions and/or support the health of the body as an adjunct to other forms of treatment. Orthomolecular medicine can include things such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, healthy fats, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, polyphenols and many more types of nutrients.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Based on balancing the flow of energy within the body (yin and yang), with the understanding that an imbalance in energy flow creates symptoms and illness. This can be achieved through a combination of modifying the diet, modifying lifestyle, addressing emotional health, the use of herbs and/or the use of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is based on utilizing needles to affect the flow of energy in the body. By stimulating specific points (acupuncture points) along the meridians/channels in which this energy flows, the practitioner rebalances the flow of energy to a healthier state.
Similar effects as acupuncture, where pressure applied on specific acupuncture points and massage along the meridians/channels help to restore balance to the flow of energy in the body. This type of massage is often referred to as Tui Na massage and is ideal for those who are not comfortable with acupuncture.
The use of herbs/plants in a therapeutic fashion. Herbal medicines can be utilized in the form of tablets, capsules, infusions/teas, liquid tinctures, suppositories, mixed into food, can be inhaled, and can be applied topically as a cream/oil or poultice. Whole raw herbs can be used or concentrated extracts can be utilized.
A subcategory of Botanical Medicine utilizing concentrated volatile aroma compounds/ oils extracted from plants (essential oils). Most commonly applied by diffusing the oil into the air so that it can be inhaled/smelled, but can also be applied topically to the body when diluted with oil.
The application of water to the body in a therapeutic fashion. Commonly applied as 'Constitutional Hydrotherapy' which alternates applications of hot and cold water to the body in order to improve blood and lymphatic flow (which improves overall circulation, energy levels and improves immune function).
With strong roots in traditional Chinese medicine, Reflexology is a therapy that is based on the idea that different areas or points located within the feet will correspond to different areas of the body (organs, glands, etc). These are reflex points. In a similar way that acupuncture points will help to re-balance the energy related to different body parts and organ systems, stimulation of reflex points in the feet can help to reestablish healthy energy balance in different parts of the body. Reflexology is a very relaxing therapy and in addition to helping to bring balance to specific areas of the body, it is a fantastic therapy to help the body release stress.
Incorporation of healthy lifestyle habits. Includes things such as stress reduction techniques, exercise programs, relaxation exercises and more.
An option to address the mental-emotional impact on health. Because there is a strong mind-body connection in people, and mental-emotional state can impact one's physical health, counseling can be a valuable tool to help an individual's overall health.