naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinctively natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person with a focus on disease prevention and identification of the root cause of disease.  Naturopathic Medicine combines natural nontoxic therapies with current advances in health and medicine.  Naturopathic Physicians (ND) are the only practitioners trained in both traditional healing arts and modern medical science.  NDs are licensed as primary care physicians in the state of Oregon.

Naturopathic Physicians are trained in a broad scope of therapies including nutrition counseling, lifestyle coaching, herbal medicine, exercise therapeutics, vitamins and minerals, flower essences, homeopathy and prescription medications.  NDs perform physical examinations including gynecological care, order and interpret lab tests, and diagnose and treat disease.  They cooperate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners for treatment or diagnosis when appropriate.

The practice of Naturopathic Medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing.  It is these principles that distinguish the profession from other medical approaches:

  • First, Do No Harm
  • The Healing Power of Nature
  • Identify and Treat the Cause
  • Treat the Whole Person
  • Doctor as Teacher
  • Prevention

massage therapy

Massage Therapy is known to be one of the oldest healing methods.  It has been used and documented throughout humanity since as early as 2330BC.  The various different styles or modalities are used to achieve stress relief, decreased anxiety and blood pressure, general relaxation, pain relief and/or increased flexibility and range of motion.  Therapeutic touch is a great corner-stone for any self-care program.  More and more research is showing the positive benefits of massage therapy in various different areas of health and well-being for people of all ages.

In the state of Oregon, Massage Therapists are required to graduate from a 500hr program that includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, massage theory and practical applications as well as clinical practice, ethics, communication and sanitation.  Each therapist is required to expand upon their knowledge base via continuing education classes in the area of their choice.  While relaxation is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle, the style and focus of massage at aja is of a therapeutic nature.


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