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Intern Skills - Hydrotherapy

This week, I'll take a look at another of the skills that Naturopathic Interns need to master prior to graduation: Hydrotherapy treatments that we perform with the patients in our clinic as well as training patients for hydrotherapy they can do at home.

Some of the reasons that people would visit our clinic for hydrotherapy include...

  • Sinus congestion
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Stress
  • Fatigue (common amongst Naturopathic Med Students)
  • Detoxification
  • Female menstrual issues

...just to name a few.

As we sit with each patient, gather the symptom picture, understand all facets of the patient's case, and work toward the center of gravity (or root cause) of the patient's complaint, we work with our clinicians to establish the best treatment strategy for our patients. Sometimes, this treatment plan includes a form of hydrotherapy.

After determining if hydrotherapy is appropriate and beneficial for our patient, we refer the patient to our hydrotherapy shift, which consists of our 7th trimester ND students. This is one of the best aspects of our program here at NUHS. Our students are not only being exposed to the clinic environment, but they are working in clinic under the direct supervision of a clinician as an observer at the halfway point in their education here, getting practical experience outside the classroom. That aside, we refer the patient with treatment plan to the hydro shift where "in office" hydrotherapy treatments such as these are performed.

Photo of Dr. Conner
Dr. Kristina Conner - ND Faculty

  • Naso-simpatico
  • Steam Inhalation
  • Russian Steam
  • Wet Sheet Pack
  • Constitutional Hydrotherapy
  • Sitz Bath
  • Poultices
  • Peat Bath

Finally, the high quality of hydrotherapy care here at NUHS is the direct result of the skill and knowledge shared by Dr. Kristina Conner, who teaches our hydrotherapy classes in the tradition of Father Kneipp and Dr. Henry Lindlahr, both pioneers of naturopathic medicine. Dr. Conner has perhaps the most thorough labs that I have experienced here at NUHS.  We are immediately thrust into treatment in a lab setting, learning the skills that are necessary for accurate diagnosis and application of hydrotherapy treatments. As a result, when we start performing hydrotherapy treatments in the clinic, we are prepared for our patients. Hydrotherapy, a powerful treatment option, is one of the more solid skillsets I will take with me from NUHS.

I will cover more of our naturopathic intern skillsets in the coming weeks. Until then, I'll be by Janse pond.

Main Clinic

Hello to everyone! I hope you enjoyed your summer and are ready for what appears to be a great fall season!

I was able to relax a bit, recharge, hike some trails back home, and be the first person at the top of Mt. Mitchell (highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,683 feet) for sunrise one morning during a hike. The view was incredibly beautiful and being able to sit, think about the past few years of school, the challenges, rewards and decisions to come while watching the sun rise over the southern Appalachians was one of the more peaceful moments of the past few years of my life.


At the same time during the break, I caught up on some personal reading that I had put off for over two years as well as some reorganizing, consolidating and reducing for the inevitable move in about 8 months.

Now, for the homestretch in clinic!

Here is how the Naturopathic Clinic is currently structured:

  • 6th Trimester - Observation
  • 7th Trimester - Hydrotherapy Shift
  • 8th, 9th, 10th Trimesters - Main Clinic

Previously, 8th Trimester interns could only see other students, not the general public. This left many students with seeing a new intern every four months as ONLY 8th trimester students could see other students. So, when an Intern moved to 9th trimester, they would transition the student patient to a rising 8th trimester intern.

Now, students and the general public have the opportunity to see interns beginning in 8th trimester, and, if the condition warrants, remain with that intern for up to a full year. This helps to build rapport and trust with the patient as well as helps the Intern with seeing a resolution to more ailments than was previously possible.

Finally, the most appealing aspect to this new structure, in my opinion, is that now our naturopathic medicine students are spending half of their education in a clinical setting! Again, in my opinion, nothing trumps experience and "hands on" training when learning a new skill!

Time to get back to the books! Talk to you next week!