Naturopathic Medicine and Women's Health

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Gender and aged based health issues must be understood and properly identified to be treated effectively. Just as childhood health issues are very different than adult health issues, so too are women’s issues distinct from those of men. There are many issues complicating women’s health issues, some of which are based in stereotypes and some of which are based in traditional roles and perception. Naturopathic medicine breaks down the stereotypes to get to the root of women’s health issues.

Naturopathic medicine is an approach to healing that focuses on lifestyle, diet, homeopathy, botanical remedies and alternative therapies aimed at the individual, at their specific concerns and needs, and their own underlying conditions. Unlike many modern remedies in which one medication or one treatment is expected to fill a general need, Naturopathic medicine understands that we are all individuals and must be considered as such in order to heal.

The Truth about Hormones

Too often when women experience health concerns the automatic response is to assume hormones or a hormone imbalance is the cause. While this may be true in some cases, in other cases there are underlying causes beyond hormones that are creating symptoms and that can create even more serious problems if ignored because the problem is an assumed stage of life or hormone issue.

It is also important to understand that even when hormones are the cause, even when we’ve reached that aforementioned stage of life for instance, that hot flashes or nights sweats or weight gain or whatever other stereotypical condition strikes, that we don’t have to just accept it because it is what women must go through. Naturopathy can actually address the underlying causes of many assumed hormonal symptoms and provide relief.

Caretaker Burnout

Another issue common in women is ‘Caretaker Burnout.’ Despite our modern times it is still women, in many households, who maintain the role of caregiver – for the family, for children, for aging parents. There is also the underlying perception that women must be strong, or super-women in juggling all that needs to be done. Unfortunately in many cases this leads to women giving all they can give and pushing aside any twinges or health concerns they may have personally because they ‘don’t have time to be sick’ or because the family will fall apart without them, or simply because they feel someone needs them.

Unfortunately this often means women push themselves to the point of breaking before they seek help. Caretaker burnout can manifest in many ways and can cause serious illness if not addressed in time. A Naturopathic doctor can help women look at their lifestyle, diet, also how much time they actually take for themselves, and can help direct women to a more balanced approach to living, and one that will help sustain them and help them continue to do what they need to do.

Is Naturopathic Medicine for You?

Naturopathic medicine is for everyone. Naturopathic doctors work with patients to get to the heart of their health problems and concerns and work with them to find a solution. Unlike modern medicine’s quick fix pills and medicines that often only provide temporary relief – or that don’t work at all – natural medicine focuses on helping women understand the work that is required to make lasting changes, to restore the body’s proper balance, and to heal.

Even if you don’t feel there is anything specific wrong, but perhaps feel you lack the energy to do what you used to do or feel like you are not quite yourself, there may be an underlying issue that a Naturopathic doctor can help resolve so you do get your energy back an so you do feel like yourself again.

Women’s Health Issues Naturopathic Medicine Can Help With

  • Low libido
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Constipation
  • Low energy
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep issues
  • Mood or irritability concerns
  • Transition stages including menopause (night sweats, hot flashes)
  • Menstrual issues
  • PCOS

 RNM Practitioners Providing Naturopathic Help with Women’s Health

At Richmond Natural Medicine all of our Naturopathic Doctors and other practitioners have experience in helping with Women’s health.

For more information on who maybe best suited to help you, check out our Practitioner Page to view bios and profiles of our practitioners.

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Meet Our Practitioners that work with Women's Health

Micah Allen ND

Dr. Micah Allen ND, L.Ac

Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Acupuncturist

Areas of concentration: Fertility Support, Endocrine Support, Pain Management, Women’s Health, Children’s Health

As a young child, I grew up wanting to pursue veterinary medicine. After my first 2 years of undergraduate studies, I wanted to be sure that my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian was solid. So like my other prior interests, I threw myself into non-animal science curriculum and activities. I began participating in a research project at the Florida A&M University’s School of Pharmacy studying cathepsin D and it’s effect in Alzheimer’s disease.   Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Micah Allen.

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Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Classical Homeopathy, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Digestive Health, & Naturopathic Cancer Support

Naturopathic medicine helps me be the kind of doctor I want to be. With symptoms and diagnoses come stories—sweeping, miniscule and wild. These narratives are flashlights that help to illuminate who the person is behind the symptoms and diagnoses. Stories reveal our joys, challenges, responses, reactions, longings and fears. I love how the philosophy and modalities of naturopathic medicine find relevance in and offer support to the most personal nuances.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale.

Bridget Casey, ND

Dr. Bridget Casey, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Digestive Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Children’s Health, Autoimmune Support, and General Wellness

I became a Naturopathic Doctor in order to help others achieve health in a real way – something I was able to do only after discovering this medicine in my personal health journey. While struggling with my own health issues, I experienced a lack of health-promoting interventions within conventional medicine. Through this, I found my interest in natural health and nutrition grow – to the point where I considered making it a second career.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Bridget Casey.

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Dr. Katie Lundberg, ND, L.Ac

Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Acupuncturist

Areas of concentration: Pain Management, Women’s Health, Naturopathic Cancer Support, and MTHFR Gene Mutations

I knew early on I wanted to study medicine. From a young age I was exposed to a wide range of medical and health practices. My mom was a nurse in the hospital’s spinal cord injury unit. Later, when she was in a severe car accident, I watched her look beyond the conventional world and got a first-hand introductions to integrative medicine, seeing acupuncturists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and osteopaths.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Katie Lundberg.

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Dr. Taylor Pagano, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: General Wellness, Gastrointestinal concerns, and Women’s Medicine

In early adulthood, I discovered the connection between your diet and your health.  Upon being exposed to the truth behind factory farming and the food industry I made a huge lifestyle change.  I did a complete overhaul on my diet and I learned how to eat in a way that would nourish my body, mind and soul. In doing so, I found a new passion for nutrition.  I had dealt with digestive issues and acne through all of my teen years and this change in my diet lead to increased energy, healthier skin, and better digestion.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Taylor Pagano.

Dr Mandy Reckers ND

Dr. Mandy Reckers, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Autoimmune, & Women’s Health

It wasn’t until I was in the midst of naturopathic medical school that I realized one of my favorite games as a child was to pretend I was some sort of medicine woman.  I would imagine that there was someone who was very sick and needed my help and proceed to forage in the back yard, filling one of my mom’s old jars with various weeds, sticks, and rocks, topping it all off with water from the hose.  It seemed that it was normal for most of the adults in my life to be in and out of the hospital, taking medications, and never getting better.  Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Mandy Reckers.

Looking for Healing in a Compassionate & Supportive Environment?

Contact us For An Appointment

Call us at 804-977-2634

or Fill out our Online Appointment Request Form Here.