Low Oxalate Diet – The Basics

Oxalates have gradually gained more attention in health news recently and the practitioners at Richmond Natural Medicine have been working with and researching them extensively for patient care. A Low Oxalate Diet is one that reduces foods that are high in oxalates. Oxalates are a chemical compound naturally found in many foods including some “healthy” foods that people feel inclined…

How Trauma Makes an Impact on Health

Healing from any illness is a process, as such is healing from trauma. Whole System Health Overall health and wellbeing is based on the integration of a number of lifestyle areas.  Including not only our physical body, but also our environment, social interaction, occupation, sense of love and belonging, mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as a history of hardship…

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…

Staying Nourished During Outdoor Activities

With longer days and warmer weather, more and more people are spending the day outdoors, and it’s important to be mindful that the summer season requires a considerable amount of awareness in terms of replenishing our body. Mid summer is the most physically active time for many, and there’s hardly a more exciting time for outdoor activities. What the body…

Functional Medicine Versus Naturopathic Medicine

Learn the differences and similarities between Functional and Naturopathic Medicine... What is Functional Medicine? Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated…

Transitioning to a GLUTEN FREE diet

No matter what the ingredient, taking anything out of your diet that was otherwise a staple can be challenging, and gluten is no exception. Whether due to a recent allergy, celiac diagnosis, general digestive issues or simply being more conscious of your overall health, there is a huge influx of people within the past 15 years who have chosen to…

Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy? CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, an osteopathic doctor,  following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the…

Homeopathy For Pain

A constitutional homeopathic remedy can help ease chronic pain and improve someone’s quality of life. A remedy is selected by understanding details of the pain as well as who the person is as a whole.   According the the National Institutes of Health, pain is the most common reason people seek care in the United States. Additionally, pain impacts more…

Sustained Energy : Herbs to Support Your Cortisol Rhythm

At Richmond Natural Medicine, we are always looking at how your circadian rhythm is functioning on a daily basis and what lifestyle and environmental factors are influencing that rhythm over time. Everyone has likely noticed how their energy comes and goes throughout the day. Some days you may have loads of energy with some to spare, while others may leave…

5 Herbs to Support the Nervous System

The majority of people can always use some support buffering stressful situations, and herbs are so helpful to support the nervous system long term. One of the largest areas of health related disease and imbalance today stems from stress. Chronic stress is something we have a serious problem with (especially in this country), and we’ve set the bar way too…