Naturopathic Medicine Pleasant Office
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a form of healthcare that emphasizes prevention and the use of natural therapeutics. Naturopathic medicine focuses on a whole-systems approach to healthcare where an individual's health is viewed as a sum of their total parts versus a symptom of their disease. Physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health are addressed to help the body recover and restore proper function. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed primary care doctors who focus on identifying and uncovering the underlying cause of disease using patient histories, physical exams, labs, and imaging. NDs use a variety of natural, non-invasive therapies including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy. Naturopathic treatments are based upon up-to-date clinical research and centuries-old knowledge. Naturopathic Doctors are experts in integrative medicine, combining the best of conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies.
Dr Jamie Coughlan, ND, specializes in Biopuncture: the injection of biological products into specific locations of the body. The natural ingredients in Biopuncture contain plant and mineral extracts that decrease pain and improve joint function by modulating the inflammatory response within muscle, nerve, joint, and connective tissue by inhibiting chemical messengers that create the inflammation cascade. Biopuncture's natural ingredients are safe and have no known drug-drug interactions. The natural ingredients used in Biopuncture are well tolerated by most patients.
Naturopathic Medicine and Pain
An integrative approach to treating pain includes lowering inflammation, modulating the immune system, correcting hormonal imbalances, and treating common co-morbidities of chronic pain including sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, and digestive problems. Integrative techniques may include various levels of diet and nutritional therapy, orthomolecular medicine, lifestyle counseling, intravenous nutritional therapy, hormone modulation, botanical medicine, and physical modalities such as biopuncture and craniosacral therapy. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to identify and uncover the underlying cause of disease to harness the body's innate healing power and prevent further pain and suffering.
Naturopathic Doctors are Guided by Six Principles:
- First Do No Harm
- The Healing Power of Nature: Our Bodies Know How To Heal Themselves If Only Guided In The Right Direction
- Find and Treat the Cause, Not Just The Symptoms
- Treat The Whole Person: Physically, Mentally, Emotionally
- Doctor as Teacher: Educate Each Patient About Their Own Health And The Ways In Which To Improve Their Health
- Prevention Is The Best Cure
Naturopathic Medicine Doctor Jamie Coughlan, N.D.
Dr. Jamie Coughlan is a California-licensed Naturopathic Doctor dedicated to coordinating the best of natural, integrative medicine with conventional therapies. As an integrative health provider, she is committed to improving her patient's health and decreasing pain using the latest scientific research in natural and integrative medicine. Dr. Coughlan received her doctorate at the nation’s top naturopathic medical school, Bastyr University, in Seattle, Washington, where she also completed advanced training in Intravenous Nutritional Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy. She has travelled around the world to provide naturopathic health care and education to local populations and the medical community. She has served as a contributing writer and published numerous articles for integrative health magazines. Dr. Coughlan is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine and the California Association of Naturopathic Medicine. In her free time, Dr. Coughlan enjoys healthy cooking, mountain biking, and snowboarding in the mountains.