When Eating Out: Healthiest Options To Look For

Going out for a delicious meal is such a privilege (especially here in Richmond where the food scene is unbelievably good). With incredible culinary variety, recipes, flavor and urges to try something new, it can sometimes be a challenge to stick with your dietary restrictions or stay “on the wagon” when you eat a meal out. It is important to…

Acupuncture For Chronic Pain

Pain is a huge motivating factor in seeking out health care.  In fact it’s the number one reason people do. The American Academy of Pain Medicine estimates 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. That is an astounding number. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics survey, low back pain was the most common (27%) and the leading cause…

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)…

Qigong Self-Care for Spring-Like Days in Winter

The unusually warm Virginia weather in late February has confused some of the trees and flowers into blooming several weeks early. Nature follows various cues like changes in temperature and sunlight to shift into the next phase of development. The trees and plants think it is spring already!​ When spring-like weather arrives, they will have spent their blooming energy.​ Your…

How Vitamin D Affects Immune Health

We recently published a post about The Essential Roles of Vitamin D, and recent research suggests there’s even more to say about the role Vitamin D plays in our immune health. An analysis published in early February 2017 suggests that Vitamin D supplementation plays a moderate role in the prevention of colds and flu, and helps to reduce the risk…

Five Ways Seeing a Naturopathic Doctor Can Help With Fertility

Looking to improve your fertility in order to bring a new life to your family? Here are five ways seeing a Naturopathic Doctor can help with fertility. Conception can wind up being more complicated than people initially realize. Some of the obstacles to conception may include retention of toxins, hormonal imbalances, increased stress, and more. Thankfully, many have seen success…

Getting Help with Naturopathic Fertility Support

Naturopathic Fertility Support and Naturopathic Medicine Offers a Natural Approach and Support For Anyone Dealing With Fertility Issues The potential of a new human life brings great joy to so many. Soon-to-be parents consider how to prepare their home for the new family member. They discuss which school to send the child to. They calculate how much baby food and…

Support & Self Care Practices for Caretakers

Mothers, fathers, children, siblings, care workers, grandparents, and even friends - so many step up to take on the care of their loved ones which can be both a loving act of self care devoted to another, and also an extremely depleting, exhausting and stressful undertaking over the long term. At Richmond Natural Medicine, we see an enormous number of…

Healing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally

What is PCOS? PCOS is one of the most common women’s health concerns affecting hormonal balance. The syndrome involves an excess of androgens (what we know as male hormones: testosterone, DHEA), menstrual irregularity, and cystic ovaries. Approximately 5-10% of women ages 18-44 years old are affected by PCOS.  Because the criteria that are used to diagnose PCOS are still changing,…

The Key to Vibrant Health: The Adrenal Glands

What are the adrenal glands and why are they so important? The adrenal glands are two small, pyramid-shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys. While these glands are relatively small, they are hugely important to various body systems and functions and I personally believe they are one of the most important, yet under appreciated, glands in the human…