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Amy Fasig, Naturopathic Physician

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As a naturopathic primary care physician, I focus on promoting the overall health of the patient and on uncovering the root cause of presenting signs and symptoms. To this end, I generally prefer not to rely on prescription medications which can significantly impact the patient’s overall health. Here, my concerns go beyond the common (and often inadequately explained) side effects of prescription medications. A medicine which works precisely as designed will often have lasting, and sometimes deleterious consequences. On the other hand, prescription medication is often necessary and is a vital component of treatment.

The same is true, of course, of herbal supplements and nutraceuticals, either those prescribed or those available over the counter. Dietary changes, as well, can have unexpected consequences. As a physician, however, I have the specialized training and familiarity with the latest research by which I am able to tailor a treatment plan to the individual patient, one which may include any of the above, or any of the below.

Clinical Nutrition
Clinical nutrition examines the relationship between what you eat and your health. I may order metabolic/digestive laboratory analysis, perform nutritional assessments, or have you take home and complete a diet diary. From these evaluations, I may recommend that you alter your diet and/or take certain nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, or enzymes.

Homeopathic medicine was developed in the 18th century, and its science has been verified experimentally and clinically. Homeopathy uses dilute, potentized remedies made from plant, animal, and mineral substances, and is based on two fundamental principles: (1) The greater the dilution of a remedy, the more powerful are its medicinal effects and (2) “like cures like,” which means that a dilute, potentized substance will produce the same symptoms as the disease when given to a healthy person.

Botanical Medicine
The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the basis for modern pharmacology. Plants from around the world are used for their specific healing effects. I use mainly capsules, tablets, or syrups due to their palatability, but may also prescribe teas or tinctures.

Physical Medicine
Physical Medicine includes a variety of hands-on techniques and energy work to ease pain or discomfort in the body. It also includes hydrotherapy, which is the use of hot and cold water applied to a body part in order to affect circulation and promote healing.

Lifestyle Counseling
Physical, nutritional, environmental, and emotional factors affect health. I help my patients make effective lifestyle choices through the use of basic counseling techniques, psychotherapy, and/or biofeedback.

Ayurvedic Medicine
The Sanskrit term ‘Ayurveda’ joins two words—‘Ayus,’ which means life and ‘Veda,’ which means knowledge—and can be defined as the ‘science of life.’ Ayurveda considers a person’s constitution, genetics, environment, and stresses, and has a unique set of materia medica (herbs native to India/Tibet). Fundamentally, Ayurveda is a philosophy of lifestyle and a set of methods by which to achieve optimum health.