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…

How To Prioritize Healing-By Joy Black

It was January 2006 and I was experiencing my first cranio-sacral therapy session. I was working toward certification in Healing Touch.  My natural healing studies were a respite from my high-stress corporate job. They brought a degree of balance to life but I didn’t realize my job was slowly killing me. I knew I was exhausted, wasn’t sleeping well, had…

Tips to stay healthy through the cold and flu season

The winter season is upon us, bringing cooler temperatures as well as an increase in cold and flu viruses.  Colds and flu often present with quick onset symptoms including fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and cough.  Below are a few tips to prevent as well as decrease severity and duration of the cold and flu this year! Lifestyle…

Functional Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine: What’s the difference?

What’s all the hype about functional medicine? What is it exactly? And how does it differ from Naturopathic medicine? Below is a review of the similarities and differences between Functional Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine from Richmond Natural Medicine. What is Functional Medicine? Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner…