Hydrotherapy is the use of water, in any of its forms, for the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. Hydrotherapy treatment triggers the body’s natural healing response, increases the body’s ability to eliminate toxins, decreases stress levels and promotes a sense of wellbeing. Hydrotherapy treatments may include the use of baths to relax the body and draw out toxins, alternating hot and cold water applications to increase blood flow and healing response, sauna treatments, and the use of poultices and other prescribed remedies that may aid patients in their healing processes.
Colon Hydrotherapy is a gentle but thorough cleansing of the colon with purified water carefully administered by the colon-hydrotherapist. A very low water pressure is maintained during the fill stage and gentle and sometimes deep massage is administered during the release phase of each fill.
Colon Hydrotherapy is mostly applied for constipation and to accompany other cleansing modalities such as heavy metal detoxification, to assist in the full elimination of toxic substances from the body.
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Saunas are small rooms or structures designed to increase a body’s heat and elimination through sweating. Saunas can be conventional, which create heat and steam to heat the air in the sauna, or infrared, which directly heats the body via infrared panels. Sauna use is an ancient ritual practiced by many different cultures and utilized for mental, spiritual, and physical health and well-being. One of the primary purposes of sauna for health is detoxification. Our skin is our largest organ of elimination by both weight and surface area. Through sweating we are able to release stored heavy metals (i.e. lead and mercury), volatile organic compounds, environmental toxins and other toxic substances stored in our fat cells and circulating in our blood.
IR(Infrared) saunas are cooler than traditional Swedish saunas and are utilized at a cooler temperature -110-130° F, compared with 180-235° F for a traditional sauna involving heated stones and steam. IR sauna also heats more deeply, penetrating the skin up to several inches, allowing greater overall benefits.
Benefits of sauna include detoxification, relaxation, pain relief, weight loss, improved immune function, and repair.
Sweating is one of the body’s natural routes of eliminating toxic substances. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas promote 2-3 times more sweating, allowing greater elimination (up to seven times more) toxic substances. This is especially helpful for people who are poor sweaters, those with reduced liver, kidney function or gastrointestinal function (other organs of detoxification), and those who are unable to exercise (another way to increase body heat, circulation and sweat).
Heat helps relieve tension and relax muscles. It opens capillaries and helps decrease blood pressure. Saunas also help to balance our body’s level of cortisol, the primary stress hormone from our adrenal glands. Saunas can relieve muscle or joint pain by increasing circulation and relaxing muscles. The deep heat from IR sauna use can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation. It promotes the dilation of peripheral blood vessels thus relieving pain (including muscle pain) and speeding the healing of muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and skin.
Heat also exercises the heart and drops diastolic blood pressure. If you should feel light headed while in the sauna, exit the sauna until you recover. This can be from the blood pressure lowering effect.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.
IR sauna therapy increases the number of leukocytes (white blood cells) in the blood as well as helps them work better by inducing an “artificial fever”. For sufferers of Lyme disease, IR sauna helps make the spirochete bacteria “unravel” and become more susceptible to treatment (antibiotics or herbs). The increase in circulation promoted by saunas also allows white blood cells to access greater areas of the body to assist in attacking viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasites and fungi.
Sauna can help cleanse your skin by assisting elimination of waste, bacteria, and toxic substances through your pores and increasing circulation. This results in clearer, softer, and more vibrant skin.
*Please provide a note from your doctor recommending sauna treatment if you are currently being treated for a medical condition
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care -an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles which underlie and determine its practice. These principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances.
Methods used are consistent with these principles and are chosen upon the basis of patient individuality. Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary health care providers whose diverse techniques include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. The following principles are the foundation for the practice of naturopathic medicine:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
The healing power of nature is the inherent self -organizing and healing process of living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
Illness does not occur without cause. Causes may originate in many areas. Underlying causes of illness and disease must be identified and removed before complete recovery can occur. Symptoms can be expressions of the body’s attempt to defend itself, to adapt and recover, to heal itself, or may be results of the causes of disease. The naturopathic physician seeks to treat the causes of disease, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to avoid harming the patient:
- Naturopathic physicians utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health.
- Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided as suppression generally interferes with the healing process.
- Naturopathic physicians respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling, for if this self -healing process is not respected the patient may be harmed.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
The original meaning of the word “doctor” is teacher. A principal objective of naturopathic medicine is to educate the patient and emphasize self-responsibility for health. Naturopathic physicians also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person
Health and disease result from a complex of physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. Naturopathic medicine recognizes the harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual as being essential to health. The multifactorial nature of health and disease requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking all of these factors into account.
Naturopathic medical colleges emphasize the study of health as well as disease. The prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health in patients are primary objectives of naturopathic medicine. In practice, these objectives are accomplished through education and the promotion of healthy ways of living. Naturopathic physicians assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and make appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine asserts that one cannot be healthy in an unhealthy environment and is committed to the creation of a world in which humanity may thrive.
Naturopathic medicine is defined primarily by its fundamental principles. Methods and modalities are selected and applied based upon these principles in relationship to the individual needs of each patient. Diagnostic and therapeutic methods are selected from various sources and systems and will continue to evolve with the progress of knowledge.
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and treatment modalities: utilization of all methods of clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing including diagnostic radiology and other imaging techniques; nutritional medicine, dietetics and therapeutic fasting; medicines of mineral, animal and botanical origin; hygiene and public health measures; naturopathic physical medicine including naturopathic manipulative therapies; the use of water, heat, cold, light, electricity, air, earth, electromagnetic and mechanical devices, ultrasound, and therapeutic exercise; homeopathy; psychotherapy and counseling; acupuncture, injection and intravenous therapy; minor surgery; prescription medication; and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth). (AANP 2011)
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