Holistic Medicine FAQ: “Why a 1-2 Hour First Visit?”

Why do Naturopathic Doctors Spend Between One and Two Hours with Patients in an Appointment? Printable Handout You may have noticed that it takes longer than ever to schedule a first appointment with a new health care provider. You’ve also likely spent more time in the waiting room than face-to-face with your physician. In the United States, consultation time […]

Achieving Holistic Health with the Mediterranean Diet

What is Holistic Health? Holistic health is a lifestyle approach that considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. The goal is to achieve optimal well being and functionality by focusing on someone as a whole instead of a specific illness or body part. Holistic health care emphasizes whole body healing through a […]

Caring For Mamas in the Postpartum Period: Part 1

So You Just Had a Baby? Your life has certainly changed! The whole focus of your world has been shifted to this tiny person who is entirely dependent on you to survive. You may feel like you’re spending all your time feeding your baby, changing diapers and outfits, and soothing them to sleep. With all […]

Naturopathic Doctors Explain Women’s Immune Health

When we become ill, it’s often because our immune health is suffering. Our Portland naturopathic doctors understand that the body has an incredible ability to heal itself—unless its vitality is blocked or out of balance. Supporting the immune system is a natural medicine practitioner’s first priority. This infographic examines women’s immune health, including: the top […]

Holistic Pelvic Care: A Guide To Women’s Health

Holistic Pelvic CareTM (HPC) is a modality designed to care for the female pelvis.  It combines internal pelvic floor massage with breathwork and visualization to increase circulation and release tension in the organs and connective tissue of the pelvis.  The manual techniques used in HPC are derived from physical therapy: gentle myofascial release and trigger […]

Monthly Suffering – Normal, but Healthy?

A lot of women suffer needlessly. Up to 90% of women report painful periods. That’s a lot of us women, the vast majority of us even.

Month in, month out. Take more Tylenol, strap on the hot pack and wait it out, curled up in bed on a Netflix binge. Really? I wouldn’t want to be down for the count on a PMS anti-vacation every month, and neither should you.

And painful cramps isn’t all I’m talking about. I’m also talking about periods so heavy you don’t want to leave the house, periods that seem to come to soon, or not frequent enough. The first step in achieving regular, easy-breezy periods is doing a little of what I call hormone wrangling. It’s true. Those hormones are unruly, and need some gentle-yet-stern guidance.