The Use of Water and Temperature

Hydrotherapy is the use of water as a therapeutic intervention. The use of various temperatures allows us to manipulate the use of water for treatment. The principal mechanism of hydrotherapy is to manipulate circulation, by both dilating and constricting the blood vessels, in a strategic fashion.

For example, if you’ve been to a spa with hot & cold baths, you’ve probably been encouraged to take a dip in the cold, follow it up with a warm bath, and repeat. That’s a form of contrast (quick temperature changes between hot & cold) hydrotherapy.

Acne

My understanding of my skin has completely changed with the help of naturopathic medicine. I had always been told that diet didn’t matter, to just get my stress ‘under control,’ and to stop picking. I truly thought retinol (vitamin A) was the only real preventative measure, and at one point I even begged my dermatologist to put me on Accutane.

Acupressure for PMS

In 2017, Complementary Therapies in Medicine published an article demonstrating the effects of acupressure on premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS is the periodic recurrence of physical, cognitive and behavioural symptoms which occurs during the luteal (second) phase of menstruation and ends by day 4 of menstruation. The most common symptoms are irritability, mood swings, depression, anxiety, bloating, abdominal discomfort, breast pain, headaches and fatigue. (1)

Magnesium

Hands down, my favourite mineral. Magnesium is a cofactor (essential to proper functioning) in over 300 enzyme systems and regulates processes like protein synthesis, blood glucose (sugar) control, muscle & nerve function and works to regulate blood pressure. Magnesium also supports the catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) enzyme, which breaks down estrogen, catecholamines and neurotransmitters (including dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine).

Cupping

Cupping - a practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)! The cups are applied, air is drawn out (creating a vacuum) and the cups hold tension over the muscle. These cups can be left in place (static/retention cupping), applied and taken off repeatedly (flash cupping) or shifted around, over lubricated skin (sliding cupping). As you can imagine, the cups pick up your skin/muscle, and then release, once taken off. This causes areas of tension to release - providing relief.