Clinical Nutrition: Food is a cornerstone of naturopathic practice. Many medical conditions can be treated more effectively with foods and nutritional supplements than they can by other means. Dr. Thompson specializes in therapeutic nutrition. She has studied many food based healing systems, such as macrobiotics, blood type diets, raw foods, low carbohydrate diets, Ayurvedic nutrition and hypoallergenic diets. Dr. Thompson offers a personalized diet assessment combining these different systems to design the ideal diet for each patient.
Botanical Medicine: Plant extracts are powerful medicines, so it is important to consult a trained professional about their use. When used appropriately, plant based medicines usually have minimal side effects. While drugs are isolated chemicals, whole plants have a broad spectrum of chemicals and biological activities. This allows them to treat multiple symptoms and conditions. Dr. Thompson has extensive training in the use of medicinal herbs. She formulates her own herbal combinations to treat each patient.
Hydrotherapy: One of the most profound modalities in naturopathic medicine is hydrotherapy. The therapeutic use of hot and cold water in soaks, compresses, and contrast applications stimulates circulation throughout the body. This leads to increased blood flow, neural feedback, and reduction of inflammation and swelling. Hydrotherapy stimulates the vital force and supports the body’s ability to heal itself.
Physical Medicine: Many people suffer unnecessarily from chronic muscle tension and pain. Dr. Thompson has studied numerous physical modalities designed to reduce pain and improve mobility and function. Therapeutic exercise, massage, spinal alignment, and orthopedic assessment are all integrated into patient treatment.
Bio-idential Hormones: In naturopathic medicine every effort is made to bring the body back into balance without the use of external hormones. However thyroid disorders, menopausal changes and other endocrine disorders often require medication. Dr. Thompson uses the bio-identical forms of these medicines to mimic the body’s own natural hormone production. These forms are generally well tolerated by patients.
Mind/Body Medicine: The mind and the body are not separate. Mental attitudes and emotional states may influence, or even cause, physical illness. Many psychological disorders are caused by an underlying physical ailment. It is the job of a naturopathic doctor to support the mental and emotional health of each patient without judgment or blame.