Treatments

Thermography

We are pleased to offer our patients this new technology called Medical Thermography. It is based on over 30 years of research and clinical trails. The technology that we use is FDA approved and produced by Alfa Thermo.
The primary goal of Regulation Thermography is to increase our understanding diagnostically, so that we as practitioners can create the most accurate and advanced treatment protocols for each individual patient.
Regulation Thermography: A Direct Method for the Assessment of Regulation in Functional Medicine
Regulation Thermography is not unlike the cardiologist’s treadmill test. More information about health can be obtained from watching how the body behaves dynamically, than with static blood tests or X-Rays that often miss disorders in their developing stages. Still, imaging anatomy by way of mammography or MRI cannot be substituted by stress physiological methods such as thermography. Even static thermography does not image the internal anatomy that is so necessary for adequate tissue and organ diagnostics. Regulation Thermography represents a major step forward in the field of medical imaging. By assessing the functional capacity of the body’s regulation system, it can provide physicians with increased diagnostic and pre-diagnostic capabilities. Regulation medicine is clearly the next step forward for medical diagnostics as we know it.
The test takes about 30 minutes to complete and consists of taking a set of temperature measurements twice, one set before a ten minute cooling period and one set after the cooling period. The temperature measurements are taken by gently touching the skin at precise areas, called points, on areas of the body, namely the head (mostly on the face), the front of the neck, the front of the torso, the back, the arms, and, for women, the breasts. There are 116 points in one set of measurements, which includes the breast points for women.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy was first developed by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, over 200 years ago. It has since established itself worldwide as a safe, gentle and effective complementary medical approach that seeks to stimulate the body’s own healing powers. While conventional medicine typically views symptoms as problematic; they must be suppressed or eliminated. Homeopathic medicine views them as signs of the body attempting to eliminate toxins to rebalance itself. Lisa Abell and Dr. Robert Abell use homeopathic remedies as a way to increase the routes of elimination or “drainage” of the body. They use remedies as a way to address the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of a patient. Drainage Homeopathy as taught by the well respected physician, Dr. Gerard Guenoit, is a specific form of homeopathic medicine. This method is taught in Dr. Guenoit’s 4 Natural Medicine Schools in France and in Toronto, Canada. Lisa and Dr. Abell use low potency homeopathic remedies to restore and reestablish homeostatic balance in a patient.

Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. Its growth in popularity in the United States has been around 25 to 50 percent a year throughout the last decade.

This success is fueled by several factors:

  • Homeopathy is extremely effective. When the correct remedy is taken, results can be rapid, complete and permanent.
  • Homeopathy is completely safe. Even babies and pregnant women can use homeopathy without the danger of side effects.
  • Homeopathic remedies can also be taken alongside other medication without producing unwanted side effects.
  • Homeopathy is natural.
  • Homeopathy works in harmony with your immune system, unlike some conventional medicines, which suppress the immune system. (For example, cough medicines suppress the cough reflex, which is your body’s attempt to clear the lungs)
  • Homeopathic remedies are not addictive – once relief is felt, one must stop taking them. If no relief is felt, a patient is probably taking the wrong homeopathic remedy.
  • Homeopathy is holistic and addresses the cause, not the symptoms.

What is Homeopathic Medicine?

Homeopathic remedies are a system of medicine based on three principles:

  • Like cures like
    For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy.
  • Minimal Dose
    The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to around 1,000,000,000,000 parts of water.
  • The Single Remedy
    No matter how many symptoms are experienced, only one remedy is taken, and that remedy will be aimed at all those symptoms.

Similar principals form the basis of conventional allergy treatment, where the allergic substance is given in a small dose, and in vaccines where a form of the virus is given to bolster the immune system against that particular virus.

Homeopathic medicine is an extremely powerful form of natural healing. Its wide use throughout the world, specifically Europe, Canada and India, gives legitimacy to this type of natural medicine.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Doctors have been through the rigors of a 4 year medical school program after completing their undergraduate education at a 4 year college. After completing the 4 year program, they must pass 14 medical board exams to be a Licensed Naturopathic Physician. ND’s are taught physiology, anatomy, natural medicine, manipulation, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. In addition, they must pass the same medical science board exams that conventional doctors go through. Naturopathic Medicine Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has the ability to heal itself . Naturopathic doctors affect change in the body by using diet, exercise, lifestyle changes in addition to Gemmotherapy and Biotherapeutic Drainage. Naturopathic physicians blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health. Naturopathic physicians base their practice on six timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.

  • Let nature heal. Our bodies have a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. By finding and removing the barriers to this self-healing—such as toxicity, structural imbalances, trauma, dysbiosis, poor diet or unhealthy habits—naturopathic physicians can effectively support the body’s ability to heal.
  • Identify and treat causes. Naturopathic physicians understand that symptoms will only return unless the root illness is addressed. Rather suppress eliminations and focus on symptoms, they seek to find and treat the cause of these symptoms.
  • First, do no harm. Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to ensure their patients’ safety:
    • Use healing compounds—such as dietary supplements, herbal extracts and homeopathy—with few or no side effects.
    • When possible, do not suppress symptoms. They are the body’s efforts to self-heal. For example, the body may cook up a fever in reaction to a bacterial infection. Fever creates an inhospitable environment for the harmful bacteria, thereby destroying the pathogenic organisms. A Naturopathic physician would not allow the fever to get dangerously high, but we must support our body’s ability to eliminate toxic material.
    • We treat the individual, not the disease. For example, all patients with diabetes are not given the same remedies. We treat the patient rather than the disease. We all heal in different ways and the naturopathic physician respects these differences.
    • Educate patients. Naturopathic medicine believes that doctors must be teachers, as well as physicians. That’s why naturopathic physicians teach their patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally. They also encourage self-responsibility and work closely with each patient.
    • Treat the whole person. We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. The naturopathic physician knows that all these factors affect our health. That’s why he or she addresses them with their treatment protocol.
    • Prevent illness. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Proactive medicine saves money, pain, misery and lives. That is why naturopathic physicians evaluate risk heredity and vulnerability to disease. By improving wellness, we are less likely to need treatment for future illness.

Auricular Medicine and European Biological Medicine

The primary tool for diagnostic evaluation at our clinic is Auricular Medicine. This type of pulse diagnosis was developed by Paul Nogier, M.D. in France from 1950 to 1965. In December, 1965, “Auricular Medicine” became a specialty field in France. The specific pulse evaluated is called the “Vascular Autonomic Signal”. It is a variation of the stationary wave of the arterial pulse. The palpation of the pulse and the application of organ, tissue and gland filters permit analysis, identification, and evaluation of biologic stresses in a patient.

Auricular Medicine provides an accurate energetic method of testing through the pulse and filters to detect areas of imbalance in the ear, which signals specific areas of imbalance within the body. The points that show up on the ear can either be treated with a semi-permanent needle, or a remedy specific to the dysfunction, can be given to the patient.

This method identifies the individual’s blockages to healing on the physical, emotional and mental levels. By correcting the blockages and individually assessing a patient’s needs, one can then assist in allowing the patient to self-heal. The goal is to rebalance the physiology, thus correcting the pathology.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of healing that has been practiced for over 5000 years. It is based on the idea that the laws of nature can be used to understand the inner workings of the body. Your health, like the universe at large, is subject to excesses and deficiencies. An imbalance between any of these forces,( fire, earth, air, water and wood,) can cause a blockage in the flow of your qi (or vital energy) traveling through your body along invisible pathways known as meridians. Chinese Medical practitioners typically use herbs to help unblock your qi and bring your body back into harmony and wellness.

The focus of Chinese Medicine is to treat the root cause of illness. In modern-day terms, Chinese medicine is holistic in its approach. It views every aspect of a persons’ body, mind, spirit, and emotions as part of the whole being. Chinese Medicine treats the patient and not the disease.

The Chinese believe that redirecting or unblocking the flow of vital energy through your body and that certain herbs rebalance a patient’s organs, tissues and glands. Western medicine, with clinical studies, shows that chinese medicine works by triggering the release of endorphins, natural pain-killers. Chinese medicine has been extremely successful in dealing with patients with pain. Now, new studies at the National Institutes of Health, have proven that along with pain management, chinese medicine is also successful in dealing with nausea, digestive disorders, infertility, low back pain and menopausal symptoms, only to name a few.

Qi, or one’s vital energy, is the basis for Chinese Medicine. This “prana” or vital force, is considered to be the force that animates and informs all things. In the human body, Qi flows through meridians, or energy pathways. Twelve major meridians run through the body, and it is over this network that Qi travels, sending messages to the entire body. Keeping the meridians clear is imperative for the body’s self-regulating action to occur.

 

Biotherapeutic Drainage

Utilized in Europe for over 70 years, Biotherapeutic Drainage is a unique philosophy and methodology devised to eliminate toxins and regulate the proper functioning of the organs, tissues and glands.

Biotherapeutic drainage is a physiological action that facilitates the organism’s natural tendency to eliminate toxins, without aggression or without forcing the body’s natural ability to eliminate. Drainage acts on three levels: at the cell, tissue and organ level. Drainage is very different than detoxification. With detoxification, the body is forced to release its’ toxins into the bloodstream. The body may or may not be able to eliminate these toxins via the primary emunctories. If the emunctories are not working correctly, the body must then store these toxins again. With drainage, the remedies stimulate the body to eliminate toxins and to increase the function of the natural routes of elimination, thus the toxins have an efficient route of elimination.

These drainage routes are separated into two categories: primary, which includes the (liver, kidney, intestines, lungs) and secondary routes of elimination such as the skin, mucus membranes, nose and genitals. When the primary routes are not functioning adequately, the secondary routes are recruited in order to facilitate elimination of toxic material. When the routes are not functioning efficiently, it may lead to an unnatural accumulation of toxins. Toxins can be stored in storage areas away from the noble organs such as the heart, brain and kidneys.

In today’s world, an individual is faced with environmental toxins (air and water pollution), dietary toxins (pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics), chronic stress, pharmaceutical drugs as well as any lifestyle habits (alcohol, tobacco, junk foods, drugs). The body is not capable of breaking down chemicals and processed foods etc, thus these toxins are stored. As a result, waste begins to build up. The body, in its wisdom, tries to store these toxins first in the fat tissue, then connective tissue, muscles, tendons, veins and arteries. The body may develop stones, tumors, skin conditions, ulcers, chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue etc. as the body attempts to deal with the toxins. In a healthy system, the primary routes are working at an optimum level and toxins are effectively eliminated by the primary emunctories. Biotherapeutic Drainage assists the body in optimizing elimination. It both eliminates toxic accumulation and stimulates the proper function of organs in order to improve the patient’s overall health.

Biotherapeutic Drainage is of primary importance in the treatment of acute and chronic disease and is utilized in nearly every patient treatment plan at our clinic.

 

Bio Color Therapy

What can Color Therapy be used for?
Color therapy has been used extensively in France as an adjunctive therapy to medical treatment. Using color therapeutically is a modality of bio-energetic medicine that works directly on the energy body. Along with biological medicine, and homeopathy it is an excellent adjunct to address one’s physical, mental and emotional issues. Color therapy can be used for physical ailments such as inflammation, regeneration of tissue, pain and trauma. It can also be used for depression, anxiety, insomnia and hormonal imbalances with excellent results.

How does Color Therapy work?
Exposure to color acts on the photonic receptors of the skin, thereby stimulating the vitality of the organism causing the energy body to react. When the body is exposed to a specific color, when balanced, the organism will produce the complementary color. If a person is not in balance, he or she either produces the same color or a different color than that of the complementary color. This allows us to understand the specific imbalances of a person on a deep and symbolic level.

Is there research on Color Therapy? Who uses the Bio Color machine?
Dr. Dominique Bourdin has been researching the use of chromotherapy for more than twenty years in France. He, along with a team of French physicians, created the Bio Color System as a culmination of twenty years of research. Doctors in Europe currently have been using this machine to assist in the healing of their patients.

Does the machine put the same colors on everybody? Is Color Therapy individualized?
There are 3 specific tests that are used to assess an individual. The diagnostic tests show us which colors the person integrates well in his life (on a symbolic level), and which he does not. The patient will then be shown a graph that can be reviewed and analyzed by the practitioner. After the testing, a patient is given an individualized treatment according to his results, which creates a sequence of color harmonics and frequencies to address the identified imbalances. After a series of treatments, the patient will then retake the series of tests to see if progress is being made.

What do colors do when they are illuminated on the body?
Red-hemoglobin builder Scarlet-arterial stimulant, renal energizer, vasoconstrictor Orange-respiratory stimulant, thyroid energizer, antispasmodic, carminative, lung builder Yellow-motor stimulant, lymphatic activator, digestive stimulator, nerve builder Lemon-cerebral stimulant, thymus activator, antacid, expectorant, bone builder Green-Pituitary stimulant, disinfectant of bacteria and viruses, antiseptic, germicide, muscle and tissue builder Turquoise- Tonic and skin builder Blue-Febrifuge, diaphoretic, demulcent, vitality builder Indigo-Parathyroid stimulant, Thyroid depressant, sedative, pain reliever, hemostatic Violet- Spleen stimulator, lymphatic depressant, leucocyte builder Purple- Venous stimulant, renal depressant, vasodilator, hypnotic, antipyretic, analgesic

What does Color Therapy do for one’s health?
Color therapy helps to clear blockages, and to increase a person’s awareness and consciousness. Through the use of color therapy, the person can more effectively resolve his or her conflicts on a physical, energetic and symbolic level. There is a greater sense of well being. In addition, the body is able to cope with stress more effectively. Sleep becomes deeper, the hormones are better regulated, and the body is more in alignment with his goals in life.

How many treatments do I need?
Treatment is usually recommended one time weekly for ten treatments or twice weekly for five treatments. Each session is about 45 minutes long.