The Mind-Body Connection

Naturopathic medicine has six guiding principles. They are all important, however I am going to elaborate upon one specifically; treat the whole person. As a human, you are an intelligent, living breathing being that is much more than a simple machine that can be broken down into the sum of its parts. Often times in the world of medicine, we…

The Naturopathic Approach to Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are fairly commonplace words in today’s society, which can be both good and bad. The good part is that people are more aware that anxiety and depression are real and debilitating conditions.  Many people now believe that these feelings are normal to have and that it’s ok to ask for help in coping. The bad part is that…

Cooking with Medicinal Herbs

Nutritionist and Herbalist Lindsay Kluge shares how to include nutritious, medicinal herbs into your favorite meals. Here are some of my favorite medicinal herbs to cook with that provide added nutrients, powerful medicines and delicate flavors. Cinnamon. This is the ultimate addition to any food that is higher in sugars (like cakes, cookies or even fruit smoothies). Cinnamon helps to…

Antioxidant Rich Foods

Antioxidants are another fast growing trend in health foods and supplement world, but for most people their benefits are vague and unclear. A big buzzword in the food industry right now is “Super foods." Everything from acai to wheatgrass to blueberries and maca. Foods that are built up to be these amazing little health savers, packed with super nutrients…and usually…

5 Tips on How to Make Nutrition Changes Stick

Every month is a perfect month to start to make healthy changes to your diet and just because it’s January doesn't mean that your commitment to better nutrition hasn't already had its challenges. Even the smallest nutrition changes can be hard to stick to, and dietary habits are some of the hardest habits to change in a sustainable way. Here…

5 Supportive Remedies for High Blood Pressure

There are several reasons why blood pressure may be consistently high, and most notably these include lifestyle factors with diet, exercise (too much, or lack of) and stress being the most common causes. In traditional medical literature, you won’t find words like “hypertension” or “high blood pressure”. This is relatively new terminology.  In the past, traditional doctors and healers were…

Transform Your Kitchen Into a Positive Space

With the new year, we are presented with the opportune time to clean, declutter, and transform our kitchens into inviting, joyful spaces. One of the most common difficulties I hear from people when working together to develop a nutrition plan is that they “don’t have time to cook”, or they “don’t enjoy cooking”, or “cooking is such a chore”. Quite…

Winter: The Season of Yin

The dark, cool nature of Winter embodies the essence of yin.  It offers the perfect opportunity to slow down, draw your attention inward and explore what lies at your core. Yin and Yang in Terms of Relativity: Yin and Yang are ancient Chinese concepts of relativity that date back as far as 700B.C.  They represent opposite but complementary energies and…

Practitioner Picks: Favorite Holistic Health Resources

The practitioners at Richmond Natural Medicine share their top picks and favorite holistic health resources that have been in their libraries for years. The long, cold nights of winter are ideal for snuggling in with a good book. Take a peek inside the library of Richmond Natural Medicine to expand your knowledge of delicious foods, physiology and home remedies. Cookbooks…

Herbal Steam for Bronchial Wellness

This bronchial herbal steam relies on herbs that are anti-microbial, anti-viral, moistening and antiseptic to help clear and combat any lingering pathogens that may be present in the lungs or sinuses. The winter months are often the most challenging for our lungs and sinuses.  The cold weather often brings dryness to those areas and frequent illness such as bronchitis and…