In her holistic approach, Dr. Johnson integrates principles from both naturopathic and Chinese medicine frameworks. Naturopathic medicine is a primary care-focused system of medicine, which emphasizes treatment of the root cause of disease. Naturopathic medicine works to support the body’s self-healing capacity and therefore an actual return to health and wellness. We often think of health as meaning “the absence of disease”, but Dr. Johnson believes that health means living to your fullest potential and doing so with energy and vitality.
Dr. Johnson uses natural treatment strategies to encourage the body’s return to health. These might include correcting the diet and eliminating nutritional deficiencies, correcting hormonal imbalances, changing lifestyle practices, encouraging proper sleep and stress management, and use of herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, or nutritional supplementation. The power of naturopathic medicine is in its individuality – in other words, no two cases are treated in the same way. Your health history is unique to you, so it stands to reason that your treatment should also be unique. What’s more, when your body is properly supported and obstacles to healing are removed, you will return to health.
In Chinese Medicine, imbalances and obstructions of energy are the root causes of disease. Energy flows throughout the body in various channels and at various levels, from the surface of our skin to our muscles to our organs. Acupuncture works by influencing the vital energy of the body. In Chinese Medicine, this energy is called qi, and refers not only to energy but also to organ function, blood, fluids, strength of mind, emotional stability and overall sense of well being and centeredness.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points located throughout the body. These points lie on meridians, or channels. There are 14 major meridians and each corresponds to a particular energetic system or organ. Acupuncture points have specific locations, functions and impacts on the body’s energy. Besides Acupuncture, other treatment modalities may include, but are not limited to, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, electrical stimulation and Tui-Na (Chinese massage).
The role of Acupuncture is to regulate the energy, to reduce it, strengthen it or cause it to move. The goal is to restore balance of energy and proper function of the organ systems. Acupuncture works by increasing circulation to our vital organs, causing release of endorphins and nitric oxide and reduced production of cortisol, one of our stress hormones.
The quality of your diet is one of the most important determinants in the quality of your health. Therefore, nutritional therapy is one of the first implemented in any care plan. This includes the determination of any overt deficiencies, a tailored eating plan for your individual needs, the use of nutraceuticals as needed and supportive education to implement changes into your everyday life.