In the state of Arizona, naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians, or PCPs, which means we see patients for annual physical exams and bloodwork, manage PAP exams and breast health, and treat a wide variety of acute and chronic complaints. Naturopathy is a distinctive approach to health and healing that recognizes and celebrates the integrity of the individual. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person. Methods of naturopathic treatment include diet modification, nutritional supplementation, chelation therapy, exercise science, botanical medicine, homeopathy, counseling, and primary care and preventative medicine. The practice of naturopathy emerges from six underlying principles of healing which are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis. Although naturopathic physicians have DEA numbers and can prescribe prescription medications, we use western drugs only when appropriate. ALETRIS' Scottsdale naturopaths treat the underlying cause of disease to move patients toward optimal health and wellness.
Natural Hormone Therapy
At ALETRIS in Scottsdale, hormone therapy is an art. Our ultimate goal is to determine and correct the underlying cause of each patient's hormonal imbalance. Because each individual experiences a unique combination of hormone symptoms, we begin our approach to bio-identical hormone replacement (also called bio-identical hormone therapy or natural hormone therapy) by evaluating each patient's individual symptom picture. Using comprehensive saliva hormone testing and bloodwork, we then measure thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones (cortisol and DHEA) and sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone, estradiol and DHEA), and we assess lifestyle factors such as diet, stress, and activity levels which are vital to hormone health. From there, we develop a customized hormone treatment plan which may include several different modes of therapyâ€“ from diet and herbal tinctures to natural hormone therapy.
ALETRIS embraces the advancement and utilization of technology to detect, prevent, and treat age-related disease, and we promote research to optimize the human aging process. We believe that the many disabilities associated with â€śnormal agingâ€ť are actually ameliorable to alternative medical treatment and clean, healthy living. Essentially, the human life span can be lengthened and the quality of life can be much improved when the appropriate preventative measures are taken. We encourage each patient to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
At ALETRIS Center in Scottsdale, Women's health is our passion. We treat many common female conditions and complaints, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), PMS, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, weight gain, breast lumps, constipation, menopause, abnormal PAPs, acne, osteoporosis and hypothyroidism. We believe that every woman is different, and every woman deserves individualized naturopathic care to reach her own state of optimal health.
ALETRIS physicians are anti-aging experts who attend A4M and ACAM seminars and specialized continuing education to stay on the forefront of the anti-aging medicine field. The goal of anti-aging medicine is not only to reduce the symptoms of disease, but to maximize the quality of life for each patient by incorporating such modalities as hormone therapy, preventative medicine, detoxification and aesthetics. At its core, anti-aging medicine is naturopathic medicine, as both are founded on the principle of maximizing wellness.
Intramuscular Injection Therapies
Injections of B12 and other B vitamins are long acting and help the body achieve higher levels faster than oral supplementation. In addition, by bypassing intestinal absorption, we can overcome barriers presented by certain drugs or metabolic conditions. Within as little as 2 hours and for up to 2 weeks after a B vitamin injection, patients report they feel more energy and uplifted, with an increased sense of well-being. We have found that patients often respond well to a series of six to twelve shots to bring them up to a healthy baseline. After that point, your doctor will advise you whether continued oral supplementation is indicated.
Well Woman Exams
Contrary to popular belief, an annual gynecological exam can be both enjoyable and informative! Our patients tell us they've never learned so much about their body or felt so informed as they do after an ALETRIS Well Woman Exam. Our Well Woman Exam includes a PAP smear as well as a breast, thyroid, cardiovascular and respiratory exam. In addition, we may order yearly bloodwork that screens for anemia, infection, thyroid imbalance, and heart disease. When appropriate, we will also discuss topics such as vaginal dryness, reduced libido, and birth control.
Chiropractic is often pursued by those seeking alternative health
care for acute and chronic conditions. A broad range of techniques are used to locate, analyze
and gently restore joint mobility in the spine. The goal of chiropractic is to optimize health with a
non-invasive alternative approach that does not use drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic can help patients with acute or chronic conditions, including headaches, neck pain,
sciatica and improper function of the nervous system that may result from car accidents, sports
injuries, work injuries and other causes. Because chiropractic healthcare is holistic healthcare,
patients look to chiropractors for general wellness, too. In fact, preventive healthcare is among
the fastest growing areas of chiropractic care.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
The Eastern approach to health and healing is a powerful one. When administered by a licensed acupuncturist and combined with both natural and conventional medicine, acupuncture can be even more effective at handing many acute and chronic issues. Acupuncture treatment may include moxibustion, cupping and tuina depending on each individual's needs. ALETRIS patients may choose to pursue treatment from an Eastern-only approach, or may decide to combine the best of naturopathic medicine and acupuncture for a multi-faceted treatment.
Acupuncture focuses on supporting and building qi, the energy that brings health and wellness in an individual. From a Western perspective, acupuncture will boost the immune system, regulate hormones, relieve anxiety, and eliminate pain. Acupuncture needles are not hollow, like conventional needles. They are not meant to draw blood, and thus they move through tissue without cutting it.
Acupuncture can be used to treat specific diseases, imbalances, or
pain, or it can be used as a form of wellness support. At ALETRIS,
we believe that supporting health is as important as fighting disease.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is the preferred method for many
of our patients. visit our acupuncture
Therapy and Counseling
Therapy or psychotherapy entails meeting with a therapist one-on-one, as a couple, or as a family to identify struggles which may present in the form of problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and somatic responses (sensations in the body). Periodic psychotherapy is a useful means of self-growth, self-actualization and overall wellness. Individual therapy can help people to resolve barriers which interfere with positive feelings, such as joy, compassion, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection, and love. Many people have enjoyed their journey in therapy, and their discoveries have given them tremendous insight about themselves, their world inside, and their relationships.
Psychotherapy can be extremely helpful in a variety of personal and intrapersonal problems. In general, modern psychotherapy is a personal journey of deeply listening to, learning from, and working with the hurts and barriers that can affect emotional and physical health. Learning and being aware of the inner you can advance healing, growth, and happiness.
Many patients also choose to undergo marriage, couples, or family counseling. Building healthy, vital relationships is at the core of this type of counseling. Couples or marriage counseling often focuses on improving communication skills, emotional regulation, conflict resolution, intimacy, and sexual health and relations.
Marriage counseling looks into the relationship as a whole rather than the individual. Many therapists offer marriage or couples counseling to meet the growing need to focus on these relationships from a holistic perspective. Every state in the U.S. has recognized the need for specialty in Marriage Counseling or Family Therapy, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) are psychotherapists with special training in this area.
We've been told that ALETRIS colon
hydrotherapy treatments (sometimes called colonic irrigation)
are the best in Scottsdale and are unique in the Valley, and we attribute
that recognition to our medically-based philosophy and intuitive,
low force approach to colon health and cleansing. Our patients appreciate
having a doctor on premises during their colon
hydrotherapy treatments and report that the training and knowledge
of our colon hydrotherapists exceeds their expectations. Because constipation
affects more than half of our female patients, we feel that colonic
therapy is a vital part of our Scottsdale detoxification and wellness
program. Regular bowel movements are essential for adequate environmental
detoxification and proper processing of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone,
DHEA, and thyroid hormones.
Most of our Scottsdale patients enjoy aesthetic services in some form or another, whether it's a monthly facial, chemical peel or hair removal treatment. Unfortunately, most of the skincare products found in local spas, drugstores, and even high-end department stores contain additives that lead to cancer, infertility, and other endocrine disruptions. For this reason, we dedicated several months to researching paraben-, propylene glycol- and SLS-free professional skincare lines before adding aesthetic services to our menu. Our goal is to deliver aesthetic services and professional skincare products that marry well with our naturopathic philosophy. ALETRIS' all-natural and organic aesthetic services include sugar hair removal and waxing, natural facials, non-inflammatory chemical peels and eyelash extensions. The brazilian bikini wax is our hair removal specialty! Visit our skincare and hair removal site >
Accurate diagnosis is critical to effective treatment. ALETRIS naturopaths may use any combination of specialty bloodwork, saliva hormone testing, urine toxic metal analysis, iodine uptake analysis, ultrasound, MRI, cardiovascular imaging, mammography and breast thermography (thermogram) to properly assess each patient's individual condition. Once the underlying cause of each issue is examined, customized treatment moves the patient toward optimal health.