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Naturopathic Medicine is a complete and holistic approach to healthcare. It focuses on using natural remedies to address the underlying causes of illness and health issues.

As a naturopath, Dr. Clark calls upon botanical medicine, homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle adjustments in her treatment plans. These therapies work together to address imbalances, reduce pain and inflammation, and align the body, both structurally and energetically .

 

 
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THE BASIC PRINCIPLES
of NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

 
 

The Healing Power of Nature

Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
 

Doctor as Teacher

Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
 

Treat the Whole Person

View the body as an integrated whole in all its dimensions.
 

Prevention

Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
 

Identify & Treat the Causes

Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
 

First Do No Harm

Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.

 

 

Botanical Medicine, also known as herbalism or herbal medicine, is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts to induce healing.

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Since ancient times, Botanical Medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world. Herbal remedies in the form of extracts, tinctures, capsules, and tablets may be recommended by Dr. Clark to treat illness and assist with bodily functions. As a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, she may also suggest herbal remedies that can help address the patient's health from a holistic perspective.

Some common examples of herbs that can be used as medicine include:

  • ALOE: can be used topically for minor burns, sunburns, skin irritations, or inflammation.
  • ARNICA: can be used topically for bruises, sprains, sore muscles, and joints.
  • GINGER: can be ingested to treat nausea.
  • TURMERIC: can be ingested to combat inflammation and protect against disease.
  • PEPPERMINT OIL: can be ingested for chronic intestinal ailments.
  • CASTOR OIL: can be used topically to treat menstrual cramps or constipation.

Botanical Medicine is considered to be most effective when combined with a treatment plan that also includes dietary modification, proper exercise, and stress reduction. With her vast herbal knowledge, Dr. Clark can incorporate a combination of herbal remedies specific to your needs.

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Homeopathy is an effective system of alternative medicine that addresses a patient's unique expression of disease.

Created by Samuel Hahneman in 1796, Homeopathy is based on the law of similars, meaning "what a substance can cause, it can cure". Homeopathic remedies are prepared through a series of dilutions that reduce a substance to its purest form, where it becomes a catalyst for the body's ability to achieve a deeper level of healing.

By addressing the root cause of illness, homeopathic remedies are often beneficial for patients who do not respond well to traditional Western treatments, and are safe to use among patients of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant and nursing women, as well as senior citizens.

BIOTHERAPEUTIC DRAINAGE

Developed through a series of distillation processes, UNDA substances are used to normalize physiology at both an intracellular and extracellular level. They encourage the regular elimination of toxins that burden the body and can help address health problems that result from poor nutrition, stress overload, and environmental toxins. Dr. Clark may recommend UNDA remedies to decrease cellular toxicity and restore homeostasis.

NUTRITIONAL PLANS AND LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS

Health is achieved through everyday habits, one of the most important being how we eat. Dr. Clark comprehensively addresses diet and nutrition to educate her patients about healthy lifestyle choices, empowering them to live a more balanced life.

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. Through the insertion of needles, energetic channels can be accessed to bring alignment back to your body.

Acupuncture is based on an energetic meridian system found within the body and its organs. The meridians (channels) encompass energy (Qi), and indicate points that correlate with disease patterns and symptoms. It gently and effectively treats a wide variety of illnesses and imbalances.

Because acupuncture focuses on correcting the underlying causes of illness as opposed to the symptoms, results can be long-lasting. Common ailments that benefit from acupuncture treatment include:

 
  • Pain (chronic and acute)
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Hormonal and gynecological issues
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Immune support
 

Dr. Clark has studied a variety of acupuncture modalities, uniquely combining methods for an individualized approach.

Japanese MERIDIAN THERAPY

This style of acupuncture tends to use finer needles compared to traditional Chinese acupuncture, and as a result, the needling is more surface-level. Most patients find that treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. More often than not, they are even unaware that the needles are inserted.

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Japanese acupuncture is suitable for sensitive patients of all ages, including senior citizens and children. It also places emphasis on the use of touch before needle treatment, which relies on pulse and abdominal palpation to locate active points along meridians.
 

TUNG ACUPUNCTURE

Tung lineage acupuncture focuses on the interrelation between channels and body imaging (mirroring). It's known for addressing and resolving pain, which makes this style especially effective for auto accident patients.
 

Auricular acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is used to stimulate acupuncture points on the external surface of the ear. Under the guidance of Dr. Lichun Huang, a top expert in the field of Auricular Medicine, Dr. Clark has learned to successfully address, diagnose, and treat a myriad of health conditions that mirror other areas of the body.
 

Spinal alignment acupuncture

Structural Alignment acupuncture helps to realign the spine, which can increase nerve conduction and blood flow to the organs. By restoring its proper function, this style of acupuncture can help to align the body physically and energetically.

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Intuitive Bodywork is a manual therapeutic technique that incorporates physical therapy, breathwork, and intuitive energy to release blockages within the body.

Trauma can manifest as physical and mental symptoms through pain, illness, and unhealthy thought patterns. The suffering we experience is real and needs to be acknowledged, otherwise we risk repeating or reliving cycles that no longer serve us. Dr. Clark studies under Justin Levy, LAc, founder of Kundalini Mediumship, who uses the principles of three ancient traditions to guide this practice: the Hindu yogic tradition, Brazilian capoeira, and South American shamanism. 

Through this technique, Dr. Clark helps the patient identify where they are holding trauma in the body. Manual adjustments of the abdomen, music, and intuitive guidance allow the patient to tune in and discover what is holding them back. By deepening the awareness of these blockages as well as physically clearing them, Dr. Clark assists the patient to embody the fullness of their own being.

Auto Accidents can bring rise to many physiological imbalances in the body, including pain, structural misalignment, inflammation, stress, anxiety, and depression.


Restoring health and functioning after an auto accident may require frequent appointments with many different providers. Dr. Clark uses a combination of treatment methods to address and relieve symptoms of auto accident-related trauma.

 

 

SOMA TRAUMA THERAPY

Dr. Clark works alongside Sara Cagle, LCSW to develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. Collaboratively, they help to alleviate physical symptoms of pain as well as mental symptoms of trauma, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.

Using therapies that support neurotransmitters to reset neurological patterns, Dr. Clark combines acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments to address a heightened nervous system. Sara Cagle integrates cognitive and behavioral therapy methods to treat the psychological manifestations of trauma.