Tips for Finding Credible Health Information on the Internet

One thing this world doesn’t have a shortage of is information to be found. But, many people can be overwhelmed, confused, conflicted and/or scared due to “research” they find online.  Is the source offering credible health information?  Can I trust what I am reading? As a supporter of people educating themselves and taking control of their health, I find myself…

Acupuncture For Back Pain

New guidelines published by the American College of Physicians are shedding light on alternative and natural therapies for treating non-radicular low back pain including movement therapy, yoga, massage, applied heat, spinal manipulation and the time honored approach of acupuncture before jumping to prescribe potentially addictive prescriptions such as opioids, NSAIDS or muscle relaxants. In some cases, prescription drugs (including opioids)…

The Chinese 5 Elements Help Us Make Changes

Clarifying your heart’s desire while navigating life’s changes isn't always easy, but it's worth it. The Chinese Five Elements philosophy can be a helpful guide. I have spent the past year following what is in my heart. Or so I thought... When I left my full-time job and a career of 39 years, I had a beautiful plan that I imagined…

Mind-Body Stress Relief: Be Aware, Pause, Breathe

When stress or emotions overwhelm us, we tend to cycle anxious thoughts in our minds. As stress moves into our bodies we may feel exhausted, or we may feel a super charge of adrenaline in our muscles, or a faster pulsing of our hearts. Our lungs and heart may feel raw. We find ourselves fully engulfed in our thoughts and…

Correcting Imbalance Through Medical Qigong

Learn More About the Benefits of RNM's Newest Service, Medical Qigong For the past 5,000 years, the Chinese healthcare system has practiced Qigong, or the “skill or practice of working with life-force energy.” The practice of Qigong incorporates self-care and health maintenance, allowing us to shift and extract negative energy from our bodies in order to manifest positive energy flow…

Letting go of the things that no longer serve you…

By Lindsey Wrable, Yoga and Mediation Instructor We tend to hold on to concepts or objects that would be better shared or let go.  Why is that? Recently, I cracked my favorite water bottle after knocking it off the table.  As strange as it sounds, I was devastated.  I took this water bottle everywhere with me-to work, to the yoga…

Introducing Qi Gong With Joy Black

Learn More About Richmond Natural Medicine's  Five Part Class on Qi Gong From Class Instructor Joy Black Which is Offered at Richmond Natural Medicine At Richmond Natural Medicine, self care and lifestyle support are two of the biggest areas of therapy we work with for our patients. This can come in many forms, and when we find a self care routine that…

Four Common Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Misperceptions

“I’m so OCD about that” is becoming an increasingly popular phrase in which individuals are referring to their quirks, pet peeves and preferences as “their OCD.” While more than likely an innocent misuse of the term, referring to your alphabetical DVD collection or the way you prefer your laundry be folded as "your OCD” grossly misrepresents the seriousness of true…

Finding the Right Alternative Practitioner

It’s amazing to think that many people will spend more time investigating an insurance broker or a contractor or a mechanic than they will when selecting a healthcare professional. Just as levels of training and experience differ within these professions, so too do they differ among the various medical and therapeutic specialties that exist today. How do I Chose? In…

We’re Moving to Provide a More Healing Environment

Richmond Natural Medicine will be relocating to the Book Bindery Building at 2201 West Broad Street in August As many of you may have heard, our current location at the Hill Davis Building on Kensington Avenue has been slated for demolition this Fall to make way for a new apartment complex to be completed in 2016. Thus we have been…