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Believe in the Power Natural Medicine: the Modalities of Root

In an era where modern medical advancements have taken center stage, a return to the roots of natural healing is gaining momentum. With the wisdom and guidance of our favorite natural medicine modalities, from naturopathic care and acupuncture to organic skincare, massage, sauna, yoga, herbal tea, and more, Root is grounded in the belief that the body possesses an innate ability to heal itself. Skeptics might question the efficacy of such practices, but a closer look at scientific research reveals a compelling foundation for placing trust in these modalities.

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The Power of Naturopathic Care:

Due to its comprehensive personalized per patient foundation, including an emphasis on getting to the root cause of disease, naturopathic medicine covers more ground than its conventional counterparts. While it does incorporate conventional medicine, it also calls upon the wisdom of botanical, physical and Traditional Chinese medicine, to name just a few. This holistic perspective on both the practice of medicine and the application of the unique patient, makes naturopathic a wise choice for someone seeking a primary care physician or a medical professional for an acute issue.


Dr. Katherine Walker, ND, IFMCP

A study published in the "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine" (2013) examined the impact of naturopathic care on cardiovascular health. The results demonstrated significant reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol levels among participants, underscoring the potential of naturopathy in managing chronic conditions. Additionally, a randomized controlled trial published in "PLOS ONE" (2017) found that naturopathic interventions led to improved diabetes-related outcomes compared to conventional care..

Acupuncture's Influence on WHOLE BODY HEALTH:

Acupuncture, an integral part of Root Whole Body's offerings, has gained recognition for its holistic approach to addressing various health concerns. A meta-analysis published in "JAMA Internal Medicine" (2012) reviewed 29 high-quality studies involving over 17,000 participants and concluded that acupuncture is effective for chronic pain management, including back pain, osteoarthritis, and headaches. Furthermore, a study in the "Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine" (2019) indicated that acupuncture positively modulates the immune system, potentially enhancing overall well-being. .

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The Science behind Organic Skincare:

Practicing natural medicine goes beyond the clinic at Root, as we know that taking care of the body's largest organ with organic skincare is crucial to whole body health. Organic skincare at Root means protecting and nourishing the body's protecting shield, as well as regulating the nervous system and supporting the endocrine system with non-toxic products.


Our commitment to organic skincare aligns with a growing awareness of the impact of traditional skincare products on health. Research published in the "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health" (2019) highlighted the potential adverse effects of synthetic chemicals in skincare products, such as parabens and phthalates. Organic skincare offers a safer alternative by reducing exposure to these potentially harmful compounds.

Moreover, a study published in "Dermatology and Therapy" (2018) emphasized the importance of natural ingredients in reducing skin sensitivity and improving skin barrier function.

Massage for Stress Relief & PAIN:

Research is finding that upwards of 90% of disease is stress related. Since massage is an effective therapeutic jump start to stress management, it is an integral piece of Root's natural medicine foundation. Additionally, massage is a proven method for pain management, allowing a patient to potentially avoid the pharmaceutical dependence and harmful side effects of pain relievers.

A study in the "Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies" (2015) found that massage therapy significantly reduced cortisol levels and increased serotonin and dopamine levels, contributing to lowered stress and improved mood. Another study published in the "Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics" (2018) indicated that massage therapy can alleviate chronic low back pain and improve physical function.


Infrared Sauna for Detoxification:

The body has an incredible innate ability to detoxify itself from harmful toxins. However, sometimes the body is working in overdrive, working to regulate multiple systems all at once in our dynamic, stressful and environmentally toxic world. With the natural medicine modality of infrared sauna, the body's innate ability to detoxify itself can be supported, in return allowing the digestive, nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems to work optimally.

Research published in the "Journal of Environmental and Public Health" (2016) highlighted the potential benefits of infrared sauna use, including improved cardiovascular health and detoxification. Moreover, a study in the "European Journal of Nutrition" (2016) showed that regular sauna bathing resulted in increased excretion of heavy metals, contributing to overall detoxification.


Medicinal Soaks and Herbal Tea as Holistic Remedies:

The utilization of medicinal hydrotherapy soaks and herbal tea, such as Root Tonic and Tea, aligns with ancient traditions that have stood the test of time. Herbal teas have been investigated for their therapeutic properties, with studies indicating their potential in alleviating various ailments. For instance, a study published in "Pharmacognosy Reviews" (2015) discussed the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of herbal teas, supporting their role in promoting overall well-being. Moreover, a randomized controlled trial published in the "European Journal of Nutrition" (2017) demonstrated that herbal teas rich in polyphenols contributed to improved gut health and digestion.

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Root Whole Body's inclusion of yoga in its offerings is grounded in its proven ability to foster improved mental and physical health. Research published in the "Journal of Clinical Psychology" (2017) demonstrated that yoga interventions were effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The practice's emphasis on mindfulness and breath control aligns with modern psychological approaches. Additionally, a study published in the "Journal of Physical Activity and Health" (2020) found that regular yoga practice was associated with improved flexibility, strength, and overall physical well-being.


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The food we eat can both be medicine, or a slow form of poison. Food as medicine is an integral part of the natural medicine we practice at Root, and the food we serve at Blossoming Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar . This is because the food that we eat is scientifically proven to impact our physical and mental health. At Root, all of our providers consider the diets of their patients when practicing natural medicine.


A study titled "Food as Medicine: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Prescription Foods for Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease" published in the journal "PLOS ONE" in 2017 provides evidence of the concept that food can indeed be considered as medicine. The study explored the cost-effectiveness of providing tailored prescription diets to individuals with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. The results demonstrated that such personalized dietary interventions not only improved health outcomes but also had the potential to lead to substantial cost savings in healthcare expenditures over time. This study underscores the idea that the right dietary choices can have a significant impact on managing chronic diseases, further supporting the notion that "food is medicine."


There is reassurance to be found in the growing body of scientific research that supports the efficacy of natural medicine modalities. From naturopathic care and acupuncture to organic skincare, massage, sauna, yoga, herbal tea, and more, each modality finds its roots in empirical evidence. As we navigate a complex healthcare landscape, trusting in the power of these time-honored practices can offer a holistic approach to well-being that complements modern medical interventions.