Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of holistic health care that treats the whole person and addresses the root causes of disease. It supports your body's innate ability to heal itself through natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors are highly educated health care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with preventative medicine and natural therapies.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
- First, do no harm.
- Support the healing power of the body.
- Identify and treat the root causes of disease.
- Treat the whole person using individualized treatment.
- Teach disease prevention and health promotion.
Naturopathic doctors are highly educated health care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with preventative medicine and natural therapies.
These therapies include:
- Herbal medicine
- Diet and supplements
- Mind-body medicine
- Lifestyle counseling
A Naturopathic doctor has completed four years of pre-med studies, four years of graduate school at an accredited naturopathic medical university and has successfully passed North American-wide licensing exams, known as NPLEX.
Nutritional Supplements - Vitamins, amino acids, and other nutritional supplements are recommended on a case by case basis to restore balance in the body. These can help to address underlying nutritional deficiencies, balance hormones, support detoxification, improve mood, boost immunity and improve digestive function.
Diet - Our Naturopathic doctors look at dietary patterns and make recommendations to balance blood sugar, decrease inflammation, eliminate food sensitivities, and optimize wellness.
Herbal Medicine - Many plant substances are powerful medicines when used properly. Their organic nature makes botanicals compatible with the body’s own chemistry, and they can be gently effective for decreasing inflammation & supporting immunity. As with nutritional supplements, botanicals can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments to reduce their side effects and enhance their effectiveness, but care must be taken to avoid herb drug interactions.
Homeopathy - Homeopathy is based on the understanding that natural substances, prepared in very diluted doses, can prompt the body to self correct. Symptoms that may respond well to homeopathy include auto-immune conditions, allergies, trauma recovery and conditions that don’t fit into a clear conventional diagnosis.
Naturopathic medicine and drug interactions - Our Naturopathic doctors closely monitor your supplement and vitamin intake in order to avoid drug interactions. They will go through your medication list to monitor for drug-induced nutrient depletions and to avoid drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.
Naturopathic medicine and Cancer Care - One of the primary strategies of naturopathic medicine is to strengthen the body’s own internal ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine supports the anti-tumor effects of conventional care and helps to keep the immune system, digestive tract, nerves and cardiovascular system strong throughout conventional treatments. Naturopathic medicine also works to reduce the side effects often associated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A healthier person makes for a healthier cancer patient.
Meet our Doctors
The Naturopathic Doctors at Beaumont work with your overall healthcare team, initiating open communication with patients’ medical doctors, oncologists and other health care providers. Jen Green, Hallie Armstrong and Sheba Roy, are all members of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Doctors, American Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
About Jen Green
Before coming to Michigan, Jen Green ran a holistic health center in Toronto that specialized in women's health, cancer care and pediatrics. Jen's publications include chapters in the book, My Breasts, My Choice, as well as articles in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine and Townsend Letters.
Jen was co-investigator in a trial on Essiac in breast cancer and helped to initiate a breast cancer treatment program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Jen conducted a systematic review on pediatric uses of probiotics through a grant from The Hospital of Sick Children. She has served as vice president of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and was given the Integrated Women's Health Award for her clinical excellence in the treatment of women's health in 2000.
About Hallie Armstrong
Hallie Armstrong has worked in a variety of clinical settings including two inner city clinics in Toronto, an integrative medicine clinic in Shelby Township, and a multidisplinary clinic in West Bloomfield. She believes it is vital to treat the whole person and is dedicated to providing patients with a team based approach to wellness.
Hallie earned her bachelors degree from Michigan State and graduated as a naturopathic doctor from the Canadian Collage of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. In her practice, she has worked with diverse populations to treat physical and mental health concerns. She specializes in women's health, pediatrics and naturopathic oncology.
Hallie regularly contributes articles to local newspapers and lectures on health topics such as menopause, detoxification, Attention Deficit Disorder and cancer prevention.
About Sheba Roy
Dr. Sheba Roy, ND comes to us from Philadelphia, having completed her oncology residency and specialty training at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Eastern Regional Medical Center. She did her undergraduate work at UCLA and Harvard University, and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. She brings an expertise in the complementary management and prevention of side effects from chemotherapy and radiation, and in helping patients to optimize surgical outcomes.
Trained in preventive care and well aging, Dr. Roy is also skilled in helping patients to age gracefully while reducing the risk of chronic disease. She is an expert in the use of vitamins, botanicals, hormones and nutrition for the complementary management of autoimmune, gastroenterological, endocrine, reproductive and urological issues.
A humanitarian committed to working with the underserved, Dr. Roy has travelled the world and lived and worked in both India and Africa, with hospice patients. She is Michigander from childhood, a first-generation American born, raised just around the corner.
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