naturopathic
medicine

Blending centuries-old treatments
with modern science.

Acupuncture

Botanical

Medicine

Nutrition

Bodywork

Life-coaching

and

Counseling

Hormone

Replacement Therapy

Mei Zen Cosmetic

Acupuncture

Specialized

Laboratory Testing

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems.

Barbara Blunt Vaelli, ND, LAc

Barbara Blunt Vaelli, ND, LAc

Naturopathic Doctor | Licensed Acupuncturist

The Naturopathic Physician’s Oath:

“I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic medicine…

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I will honor my teachers and all who have preserved and developed this knowledge and dedicate myself to supporting the growth and evolution of Naturopathic medicine. I will endeavor to continually improve my abilities as a healer through study, reflection, and genuine concern for humanity. I will impart knowledge of the advanced healing arts to dedicated colleagues and students.

Through precept, lecture, and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families, and future generations.

According to my best ability and judgment, I will use methods of treatment which follow the principles of Naturopathic medicine:

  • First of all, to do no harm.
  • To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature.
  • To address the fundamental causes of disease.
  • To heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
  • To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.

I will conduct my life and the practice of Naturopathic health care with vigilance, integrity, and freedom from prejudice. I will abstain from voluntary acts of injustice and corruption. I will keep confidential whatever I am privileged to witness, whether professionally or privately, that should not be divulged.

With my whole heart, before this gathering of witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.”

Treatment Specialties

Menopause

We have helped many women navigate through this profound shift in life. Whether these shifts are purely physical or combined with mental and emotional changes – our approach ensures the most benefit with the least amount of side effects.

Pain Management

We have many modalities at our disposal – including acupuncture, cupping, electrical stimulation, cranio-sacral, tui-na, hot stone and integrative manual therapy – to help reduce or eliminate your acute or chronic pain syndromes.

Digestive Health

Your gut is the soil in your garden of health. When it is in balance, all other body systems will blossom.  Many health disorders have roots in poor digestion. Let us help bring equilibrium back to your gastro-intestinal tract.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

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The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicine, also called Herbal medicine or Phytomedicine, is the practice of using plants either alone or in formula combinations to promote health and well-being. Herbal medicine is helpful in both chronic, long-standing conditions and acute situations such as colds and flues.

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Herbs can be effective on multiple levels, are non-addictive, present few adverse effects compared with pharmaceutical medicines and are suitable for all ages.

Dr. Vaelli is trained in both western and Chinese herbal medicine and enjoys finding a constitutional herbal formula for her patients that is specific to their needs. She believes when taking herbal medicines and/or supplements that “less is more.” Often people are taking too many herbs and/or supplements. It is easy to read about the benefits of one product or the other and before you know it you are on a myriad of herbs and supplements. With too many herbs and supplements, your body gets easily confused and overwhelmed and the therapeutic benefits of each product are diminished. Let Dr. Vaelli help you find the formula that is right for your specific constitution. She also helps her patients rotate their herbal formulas throughout the seasons, supporting their specific health needs at different times of the year.

Nutrition

We can counsel on a healthful diet, identification and elimination of food sensitivities, optimal weight control and supplementation with appropriate and patient-specific vitamins and minerals.

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Medical nutrition therapy is a dietary intervention that is used to prevent or treat health conditions that are caused by or made worse by specific eating habits.  It’s hard to ignore the link between nutrition and health. You may follow the standard American diet, appropriately abbreviated as SAD, regularly consuming foods like pizza, burgers, fries, ice cream and soda OR you may follow a vegan diet, eating only organic foods… Both may cause gastro-intestinal upset and other imbalances in your body. 

Dr. Vaelli’s form of nutritional therapy centers around three things:

1. Food Sensitivity Testing and Elimination

2. Gastro-intestinal health and integrity of the gut mucosa so that your food can be well digested and absorbed

3. Eating according to your specific constitution and according to the seasons

For meal planning and recipes, specific weight loss plans and individualized nutrient evaluation – Dr. Vaelli will refer out.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are 5 elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Every person can fit, for the most part, into one of these 5 elements. Every one of us could become healthier and bring our bodies out of dis-ease and into ease and balance when we consume more of the foods that are specific for our constitution and less of the foods that are harmful for our constitution. It’s that simple!

The seasons are also reflected in the 5-element system. Eating according to the seasons will bring about improved health and vitality. Learn how. Schedule an appointment today.

There are also foods that are both beneficial and harmful for specific conditions you may be experiencing including blood sugar imbalances such as diabetes or hypoglycemia; gastro-intestinal disorders such as IBS and Celiac; blood disorders such as anemia, poor circulation or menstrual disorders; and other conditions including cancer, arthritis, asthma, MS and skin disorders.

Bodywork

Besides acupuncture, we offer cupping, cranio-sacral therapy, TuiNa massage and Integrative Manual Therapy for the relief of acute and chronic pain conditions and for general relaxation and stress relief.

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In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol that is placed inside the cup. This removes all of the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.

The cup is then placed over a specific area of the body, most often the back, neck and shoulders but can also be placed on the chest for respiratory conditions, the stomach for digestive disorders and the thighs and legs for pain syndromes. The vacuum that is created anchors the cup to the skin and pulls the skin upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin has the effect of opening up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, break up obstructions and create an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. It allows the layers of tissue – the skin, fat, fascia, muscle and bone – to separate from each other, breaking up adhesions and scar tissue and creating space between the layers to promote the movement of blood and Qi and to alleviate pain.

Depending on the condition being treated, the cups are either left in place for 5 to 10 minutes (stationary cupping) or will be moved around the area by the practitioner (running or gliding cupping.)

Cupping may be used to treat tight and/or painful areas in your body; respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, colds and flues; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and is used as a general detoxification treatment. It has also been shown to alleviate depression and anxiety, treat insomnia and increase over-all energy and well-being.

For information on other modalities – visit our Blog! Coming SOON!

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Counseling

All of our therapies include life-coaching but we can also provide psychological support on core issues, short-term situational crises and/or education on a health-promoting lifestyle.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy

The use of bio-identical hormones to treat imbalances of the male and female sex hormones during pre-, peri- and post-menopause and ‘manopause’ and to treat hypothyroidism.

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As we enter menopause, hormones fluctuate and various body parts undergo change that can produce one or more of the following symptoms:

Bleeding irregularities, vaginal dryness, hot flashes or sweats, changes in sex drive, insomnia, nervousness or irritability, headaches, mood changes, depression, skin aging or cosmetic changes, osteoporosis, altered fat and carbohydrate metabolism, atherosclerosis.

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy involves first testing to see where the hormonal deficiencies and imbalances are occurring and then finding the correct prescription that suits your individual needs. Bio-identical hormones are medications that contain hormones that are an exact chemical match to those made naturally by humans. Bio-identical hormones are derived from plants such as flax and black cohosh, whereas synthetic hormones are often derived from horse urine.

If your menopausal symptoms are mild, it may be beneficial to initially try an herbal formula with phyto-hormones using whole plants before getting a prescription for bio-identicals hormones. Dr. Vaelli will help you assess which treatment plan is best for you.

Mei-Zen Cosmetic Acupunture

Mei Zen means “beautiful person” and that is what Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about – treating the whole beautiful person. The Mei Zen Cosmetic procedure is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine so that your whole health is addressed as you are receiving cosmetic results.

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Results that you can expect from Cosmetic Acupuncture:

  • reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • leveling of deeper wrinkles
  • a more balanced, vibrant complexion
  • reduction of acne or rosacea
  • lifting of the beginnings of jowls
  • increased elasticity and tone of your skin

Additional health benefits include:

  • reduction in hot flashes
  • reduction in mild anxiety or depression
  • better digestion (which is very important for lustrous skin)
  • more restful sleep, reduction in insomnia
  • mental clarity and renewed focus — plus more!

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is the true anti-aging medicine. It is based on prevention. It focuses on preserving a youthful appearance and internal wellness at all ages. Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture is therefore perfect for people in their thirties who want to preserve their youthful appearance and for women and men over 40 because it reduces wrinkling, increases skin tone, improves the jaw line and much more!  By improving the skin’s health and elasticity as well as improving the state of your overall health, Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture revitalizes you from the inside out.  It will make you look and feel younger!  

Specialized Laboratory Testing

We can specialized laboratory testing to ensure proper functioning of the GI tract, reproductive system/sex hormones, adrenal function, and more.

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Gastro-Intestinal Health Panel:

This test utilizes proven biochemical and state-of-the-art immunological testing. The panel includes:

  • Pathogen screening for bacteria, fungi, yeast and various parasites.
  • Digestion-related screens for enzyme levels, inflammatory markers, markers for mucosal integrity (i.e. “leaky gut”.)
  • Gluten sensitivity screening
  • Intestinal function markers to indicate overall status of gut immunity and integrity (i.e. occult blood and fecal pH.)

The GI Health Panel strikes a balance between comprehensive screening and economy by bundling appropriate individual tests that would otherwise cost over $700 at current prices. Your price = $210!

Advantages and Benefits

  • Non-invasive sampling using saliva and stool
  • Home collection
  • Economical and may be insurance-reimbursable
  • Comprehensive—Detects a broad spectrum of common pathogens and includes digestion efficiency evaluation
  • Improved wellness—General GI complaints identified and resolved

The GI Health Panel will test not only for parasites, but also for dysbiosis – which is an imbalance of gut flora. An overgrowth of yeast or non-pathogenic “bad” bacteria may cause just as many problems as parasites do. This more subtle imbalance is often over-looked in mainstream medical practices. The GI Panel will also test for inflammatory markers in the gut to assess gut permeability or “Leaky Gut Syndrome” and will test for enzymatic output from the pancreas to assess whether or not you have enough enzymes in your colon to digest your food properly.

To determine if the GI Panel is appropriate for your gastrointestinal and other health problems, consult with Dr. Vaelli.

For information on other tests – visit our Blog! Coming SOON!!