Nature is fundamentally wise. Watch an animal when it is sick. Choosing rest, it often chooses to eat less as well, giving more energy to the healing process vs. digesting food. The foundation of Naturopathic Medicine is based upon a philosophy that recognizes the inherent wisdom in nature and human beings. Naturopathic medicine differs from conventional medicine in its philosophy.
The six principles of Naturopathic Medicine are:
- Primum Non Nocere – First Do No Harm
- Tolle Causam – Identify and Treat the Cause
- In Pertubato Animo Sicut in Corpore Sanitas Esse Non Potest – Treat the Whole Person
- Vis Medicatrix Naturae – The Healing Power of Nature
- Docere – Doctor as Teacher
- Principiis Obsta: Sero Medicina Curatui – Prevention is Cure
To be effective, we must Identify and treat the CAUSE of illness. This concept is at the root of this nature-based medicine. Naturopathic medicine endeavors to determine the underlying causes that lead to conditions and symptoms rather than erase these important clues with drugs. Naturopathic medicine sees all aspects of your health as connected. In her role as teacher (docere), Dr. Lambert provides individualized treatment and engage her patients in the pursuit of health. This involves education as well as guidance and requires active participation on the part of the patient.
This gentle process aims for an intricate balance between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components of health and strives for prevention of future illness.
The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Homeopathy is viewed in the US as an alternative medical system, yet it is used in mainstream medicine in many European countries. Homeopathy takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems.
Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness.
Homeopathic treatment involves giving very small doses (diluted beyond Avogadro’s number) of substances called remedies that, according to homeopathy, would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given in larger doses.
Treatment with homeopathy is individualized and homeopathic practitioners select remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including not only symptoms, but lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors. It is an incredibly gentle and effective means of treating the totality of a person and is safe for children, adults and even animals.
Dr. Angela has extensive supplemental training in providing gynecological assessment and examination, and can provide therapeutic modalities for a wide variety of women’s health concerns. These may include hormone imbalances such as PMS or menopause, difficult or irregular menstruation, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries (PCOS), interstitial cystitis, irregular pap smears, and many more conditions specific to women.
She performs women’s annual gynecologic exams including pap smears, STD testing and can work with you in choosing birth control options.
Dr. Angela has over 25 years of experience successfully treating both acute and chronic pain. She spent 16 years working as a Licensed Massage Therapist in injury rehabilitation and pain management.
She brings this experience into her work and combines it with hydrotherapy, soft tissue work, naturopathic manipulation, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and the use of essential oils. She is experienced in treatment of injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents as well as work related injuries.
Utilized in Europe for over 100 years, biotherapeutic drainage is a unique philosophy and methodology of healing. It has been brought to the United States in the last fifteen years through the hands of a few pioneering doctors whom Dr. Angela has studied with. It is an elegant, gentle and very deep acting modality of healing.
A definition for “drainage remedies” states that they are “remedies which promote the excretory functions of a particular organ or organ system”.
Imagine a flower garden. Before you can actually plant new flowers, you must first remove the old plants, weeds, trim back any overgrown plants and fertilize the soil. The garden must be prepared for the new plants. If you plant new flowers before removing the dead plants and impurities, the garden will not grow but instead will begin to break down and will likely have to be redone before long. The same is true for healing the body. This is the reason drainage is essential in order to help restore your body and vitality to what you want it to be. One of the pioneering practitioners of Drainage in North America, Mikhael Adams, N.D., defines Drainage as, “the process of detoxifying the body by opening the routes of elimination (emunctories) and discharging the toxic accumulations.”
These drainage routes (or emunctories as they were historically called) are separated into two categories: primary, which includes most of the abdominal organs (liver, kidney, intestines, lungs, stomach and pancreas) and secondary, which includes the other naturally existing routes of elimination such as the skin, mucus membranes, nose and genitals. When the primary routes are not functioning properly, the secondary routes are recruited in order to facilitate detoxification. These natural routes of elimination may not be active and functioning at all times leading to an unnatural accumulation of toxins. These toxins in the body may be considered to be the cause of many different symptoms and diseases. In today’s world, an individual is faced with environmental toxins (air and water pollution), dietary toxins (pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics), chronic stress, pharmaceutical drugs as well as any unhealthy lifestyle choices (alcohol, tobacco, junk foods, drugs). The body has a limited capacity to breakdown and excrete these and other unnatural chemicals and when that limit is surpassed, the body cannot prevent these substances from entering the bloodstream. As a result, waste products are not able to leave the body properly and begin to build up. The body, in its wisdom, tries to store these toxins by putting them into fat cells, joints, the blood or in the cells of organs. The body may develop stones, tumors, skin conditions, ulcers, chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue etc. as the body attempts to deal with the toxins. In a healthy system, the primary routes are working at an optimum level and no illnesses are present. Biotherapeutic Drainage helps to assist the body in optimizing elimination.
Michel Bouko Levy of Marseilles, France, a medical doctor and a Drainage practitioner gives this explanation of Drainage: “Cleaning and fortifying of the body is maintained by the emunctories. In most cases you need to help and stimulate the organs touched by chronic disease. This is drainage.” Thus Drainage is involved not only in helping to eliminate toxic accumulation but also serves to stimulate the proper function of organs in order to improve the patient’s overall health.
The most complete writings on Drainage are available only in French with the best-known books written jointly by medical doctors G. Gueniot and C. Deplanque. They believe that the accumulation of toxins can be a factor in acute and chronic illness, genetic weaknesses, and chronic disease and create blockages to therapeutic treatment. In these texts, the doctors clearly outline the necessity of Drainage, as well as the actions of individual remedies in the UNDA Numbered Compounds, which are the low potency combinations popular in Drainage and used extensively by Dr. Lambert.
Once there has been the gentle elimination of toxins, (the garden has been weeded and cleaned out in the flower analogy), other therapeutics are then utilized to help you achieve and maintain a level of optimal health.
Biotherapeutic drainage is a gentle form of detoxification that utilizes vials of liquid homeopathic medicines that have been formulated from plants and minerals. The plants have a special affinity for certain organs and may be stimulating or sedating depending on the treatment goal. The minerals support the various biochemical reactions that are necessary to efficiently begin the detoxification process. Three separate remedies are typically chosen for each session to support the body on a cellular, organ specific, and systemic level.
In your first visit, Dr. Lambert will begin with Basic Guidelines to support your health along with Drainage remedies, to start the process of cleansing and clearing your tissues of toxic accumulations which will help you on your path to a higher level of health.
Dr. Angela believes deeply in the Mind-Body connection in regards to our health. She has received training through the Hendricks Institute as well as studied with many different therapist, counselors and life coaches. In addition, she brings in her work with the Native American path known as the Good Red Road. She utilizes many different methods to work with her patients in evaluating and changing patterns that may not be supportive. Her patients describe her as direct, honest, encouraging, warm and supportive in her style.
Created from wild flowers, flower essences are similar to homeopathy in that they are a form of energetic medicine. Aimed at re-connecting the soul with the personality, flower essences support you in living life more fully. Since 1992, Dr. Lambert has worked with Flower Essences, originally in conjunction with her therapeutic massage practice. She is well-versed in the Bach flower essences, the California essences, the Sierra Nevada essences and has begun to incorporate a line of Orchid essences into her amazing blends.
Dr. Lambert has taught classes on Flower Essence theory since 2006.
River Of Health™
When we view symptoms as merely a gauge to your level of health, charting the progress of your health becomes part of the journey. Dr. Angela uses The River of Health TM, a program for those seeking a more balanced state of wellness.
Think of your health like a river. You were born at the base of the mountain where the water was crystal clear. Life moves us along the river to different places based on how we have lived our lives. Whether you are struggling with a chronic illness or simply seeking optimal health, Dr. Angela will support and guide you on your journey towards health and balance, back to the place where your health is more pure.
The program involves patient education, lifestyle counseling, nutritional guidelines, acupuncture as well as Chinese, homeopathic, botanical and nutriceutical prescriptions. On your first visit, your place on the River of Health will be determined, providing you with a goal to work towards