I spent this past week at an integrative medical practice
observing a medical doctor provide "natural" injection therapy for
patients with anything from trigger points to osteoarthritis of the
knee. At first I was actually skeptical of how "natural" injections
were considering it was an injection, which is pretty invasive, and
definitely not anything we have the opportunity to perform or be
exposed to in clinic.
However, after speaking with the medical doctor and his
patients, it was amazing to see the impact his care was doing in
conjunction with chiropractic care. He was injecting a homeopathic
remedy called Serapin, which is similar to what we learn in school
as Traumeel (contains mainly Arnica) as a potent anti-inflammatory.
The medical doctor himself revealed that when he was asked to be
part of this treatment protocol, he was very skeptical himself. He
did not think there was any way for the "homeopathic remedy" to
work as well as something like a corticosteroid. However, after
utilizing this treatment modality for 6-7 months now with multiple
patients, he has admitted that he has "converted" to a believer in
non-invasive and gentle therapy such as homeopathy! What a huge
accomplishment for us as naturopaths!
After all, we are not in this medical profession alone but we
are surrounded by brilliant and knowledgeable medical doctors who
may start off just as skeptical as the medical doctor I observed.
But our medicine works! Most of the patients at this clinic are
part of the geriatric community, already take tons of
pharmaceuticals, and are not willing or able to participate in all
the "lifestyle changes" we may want to make before resorting to
something like an injection. So, I completely learned to understand
and respect the medicine that was being practiced at this clinic
and became very impressed. Due to HIPPA, I could not provide you
with pictures of the actual injections I witnessed but it was a
very awesome experience!
And the people we got to work with were great! They even had a
potluck while we were there that we participated in! (The picture
above shows the food and some of the therapists at the clinic.)
The patient population I see at school is mainly 20-50 years of
age, which is still very young, while the clinic I observed this
week ranged mainly from 50-90 years of age! That is a huge
difference in how treatment must be delivered and patient
management in general. It was a great experience to be exposed to
something so different and a fun break from being on campus all day
My grandma and I at dinner after my family picked me up at the
Now, I am (don't be jealous) writing this blog from sunny
Southern California! I am actually sitting enjoying a cup of coffee
(just ONE cup) while waiting to head into my next clinic adventure
with a licensed naturopathic doctor. I am so excited and nervous at
the same time. I have absolutely no idea what type of patient
population I will be exposed to but just love that I get to be in
California. Driving in morning rush hour traffic isn't so bad when
you have mountains and palm trees surrounding your view! :)
Next week will be my last blog for you guys...for good! I am so
happy that I have the opportunity to share with you my experience
in California and hope you have enjoyed my blurbs thus far. :) Take
care and have a good & sunny week!
Oh, and here is my 16-week baby bump!