Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients

Join the AANMC and Dr. Casey Seenauth – Staff Physician at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for an informative webinar on naturopathic approaches to pain management through the use of regenerative medicine. Learn how he and other naturopathic doctors treat acute and chronic pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

Here’s what you can expect to learn:
– Common causes of musculoskeletal pain
– Definitions of regenerative medicine and prolotherapy
– How regenerative medicine fits in with the therapeutic order
– Considerations for creating a comprehensive naturopathic approach for pain management

*Webinar does not qualify for CE

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About the Presenter

Dr. Casey Seenauth is a 2013 graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona. He has a passion for treating acute and chronic pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Seenauth uses several modalities in his practice, including homeopathy, physical medicine, nutrition and botanical medicine. He has a special interest in regenerative injection therapies and prolotherapy. Dr. Seenauth completed his BS in biology/pre-medical sciences at Florida Atlantic University, where he also minored in Italian language.

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Dr. Casey Seenauth – SCNM

“I love being able to offer patients a new perspective on their health care. Many patients come to my office after being told that they have exhausted all the options that conventional medicine has to offer.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

“In college, I knew that I was working towards a career in health care, but I struggled to find the right place. I was considering nursing or pharmacy. One of my mentors in college was a registered dietician who showed me the power of nutrition in addressing chronic disease. She steered me in the direction of naturopathic medicine, and I was fascinated to learn that there was an entire field of medicine based on the body’s innate ability for self-repair.”

SCNM as a springboard

“I knew that naturopathic medicine aligned with my personal philosophy towards health and wellness. What I didn’t know at the time that I decided to come to Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) was if I would fit in. From my first week of orientation, I knew that I had made the right choice to become a naturopathic physician. I found myself in a community of like-minded individuals who were inspired to make a difference in the lives of patients and to transform how health care is provided.”

“SCNM caught my attention with the broad scope of practice being taught and the forward-looking stance on how naturopathic physicians can collaborate with other providers to change the future of healthcare. The deciding factor came down to the strong sense of community and school spirit at SCNM.”

“After graduation I completed a two-year general medicine residency at SCNM. During that time, I had the opportunity to train with pioneers in the fields of injection therapy and pain management. After residency, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, where I have been practicing since 2015. My education at SCNM gave me the foundations to launch my regenerative medicine practice.  It takes a strong understanding of anatomy and orthopedics to do injection therapy.”

Regenerative Medicine and Pain Management

“Coming from an athletic background, I have an affinity for anatomy, biomechanics and understanding how people move. As a self-professed geek, I’m inspired by research that seeks to unlock human potential. Regenerative medicine is both cutting edge and deeply aligned with the naturopathic traditions.”

“I treat patients every day for acute and chronic pain conditions. For most of these patients, a naturopathic approach is brand new for them. So much of my work is educating and empowering patients to stop being passive recipients of medical treatments and start being active participants in the healing process. I treat patients with prolotherapy, PRP, or stem cell injections alongside other naturopathic modalities: nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine.”

“SCNM has recently created an honors track program for students who are interested in learning about regenerative medicine. I work with a small group of fourth year medical students seeking extra education and training in regenerative modalities. We have a weekly journal club and once a month skills workshops in addition to the usual training they receive on shift.”

Dr. Seenauth invites everyone to join him for his free AANMC webinar – Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients on September 19th. Click here to register!

“People who tune in to this webinar can expect to learn how regenerative medicine can fit into a naturopathic medical practice. If you’re planning on creating a regenerative medicine practice, or if you’re just curious, you can learn the basics.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“Naturopathic physicians are such a diverse crowd. Each of us have our own niche as far as patients that we treat, modalities used, and treatment approach. This has been a great benefit for me, as it gives me a platform to express my creativity and practice the art of medicine.”

“I love being able to offer patients a new perspective on their health care. Many patients come to my office after being told that they have exhausted all the options that conventional medicine has to offer.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

“This is a tough road. Be sure that your heart is in it. Be prepared to face skepticism. There are great potential rewards and if you stick it out, you will have the opportunity to make a great impact on the health and well-being of those in your community.”

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Can Naturopathic Approaches Help Win the Battle Against Substance Abuse?

Can Naturopathic Approaches Help Win the Battle Against Substance Abuse?

Learn how naturopathic medicine can help patients manage pain and overcome addiction.

In 2017, 19.7 million Americans battled a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Addiction is a serious issue that threatens lives on a daily basis; naturopathic medicine takes a whole-person approach to addiction management and recovery. NDs across North America are making an impact in natural approaches to pain management and helping patients avoid and wean off of addictive therapies for pain.

“Addiction is not just a mental problem, a physical problem, or a biochemical problem. It is very much all those things and more.” Turshá Hamilton, ND

NUHS Whole Health Center

“Pain patients treated with opiates have the same biochemical and neurochemical changes that addicts do on the physical side. Addiction may be seen as an attachment to the drug from the emotional side.” David Arneson, ND

SCNM’s World Addiction and Health Institute

Treatments vary depending on the specific patient, but NDs have a natural toolbox of possibilities.

“Acutely, the naturopathic doctor must consider what the patient is going through. Insomnia, elevated blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, and body aches are just a few of the symptoms during the first stages of withdrawal,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Recommendations for Initial Treatments:

  • nutrient IV therapy to replenish vitamins, minerals, and amino acids lost through addiction and the withdrawal process
  • acupuncture
  • hydrotherapy
  • homeopathy
  • herbs

“In this stage, it may also be necessary to consider prescribing medications to make the withdrawal process more tolerable (with the goal of using these drugs for as short-term as possible),” she explains.

“Some naturopathic doctors treat addiction by addressing alterations in brain chemistry that contribute both to addictive behavior and withdrawal symptoms. For example, amino acid therapies can be used to support restoration of neurotransmitter pathways that are depleted by long term drug use.” Casey Seenauth, ND

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Arneson recommends amino acid therapies. “It is useful for the physician to understand that a lot of the drugs such as opiates or anti-depressants utilized for pain relief often lead to more pain, since these drugs lower the amounts of specific neurotransmitters over time,” he says. “These neurotransmitters need to be in sufficient healthy levels for our own endogenous pain system to work efficiently. This can be rectified by the utilization of specific amino acid formulas designed to bring these levels back into normal ranges once the drugs are out of the system.”

“Acupuncture, particularly, auricular acupuncture is very helpful to reduce cravings as well,” Dr. Seenauth adds. “The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol is well-researched, standardized, and effective in dealing with many of the side effects of drug withdrawal.”

Dr. Arneson recommends a set of naturopathic protocols that he has implemented in the three in-patient treatment centers he co-founded:

  • treat aggressively with focused nutrition, intravenous nutrients, and specific amino acid formulas for the first month
  • ongoing 12-step program
  • intense counseling
  • intensive outpatient treatment

“85% of the patients that take responsibility for their recovery and follow these simple suggestions are clean and sober at the end of the first year of sobriety,” he says.

“In our experience, utilizing nutritional treatments, the initial repair work can be accomplished in three to six weeks on average. If we do not incorporate focused nutritional treatment this can take on the average six months to two years—or what we call post-acute withdrawal syndrome,” he says.

Dr. Arneson’s long-term approaches:

  • exercise such as yoga or Tai Chi
  • counseling
  • instilling responsibility for the recovery

Dr. Hamilton also has preferred treatments to employ after the initial stage of recovery. “In considering how to treat the person long term, the doctor, or team must address why they may have started using in the first place. I found many patients were self-medicating because of an underlying condition like depression, bipolar disorder, or they may have been abused or abandoned. Some may even have been addicted to a medication because they were in chronic pain and just trying to get some relief,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Natural approaches for chronic pain relief

  • teaching stress management skills
  • stretching, yoga, meditation, exercising
  • sauna or steam room therapy
  • volunteering to help deal with life, triggers, and past events that may have led to drug use
  • setting up a support system – both individual and group – to provide a place to talk through experiences

“As you can see, there is no one approach to addiction recovery. Each patient is unique so their treatment must also be unique and fit their specific situation and stage of rehabilitation,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Naturopathic medicine is a key tool in managing pain without pharmaceuticals.

“It’s my opinion that the best way that we can address the issue of addiction to opioid pain medication is through the proper and adequate treatment of pain,” says Dr. Seenauth.
“Where naturopathic medicine really shines is in managing painful conditions, helping the patient with diet and exercise recommendations, and supplementation when necessary.” Klee Bethel, ND

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

“We’ve seen that therapies that only include pharmaceuticals often don’t give the patient significant relief over the long term and can have very deleterious side effects,” says Dr. Hamilton. “By using medical nutrition, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and homeopathy, we can offer the chronic pain patient more options that may offer them relief, resolution, and hope in a future that has less pain and sickness, and more vitality.”

“Starting at a fundamental level, diet plays a huge role in treating pain,” Dr. Seenauth says. “Many painful conditions are aggravated by inflammation, which can be reduced and modulated through use of an anti-inflammatory diet, such as:

  • proper levels of omega-3 fatty acids
  • plant based foods
  • vitamin D supplements

“Diet is not a one-size-fits-all therapy,” he says. “Naturopathic physicians can help patients navigate which diet is appropriate for their individual needs.”


Dr. Hamilton recommends specific anti-inflammatory foods:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • vegetables that have rainbow colors like blueberries, bell peppers, squash, pumpkin
  • fewer processed foods (breads, pastas, muffins)
  • healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil)
  • organically-fed, free-range, wild-caught meats


Regenerative injection therapies can repair injured tissues that are sources of pain such as:

  • prolotherapy helps to tighten ligaments and repair connective tissue that cause pain
  • tissue transfer using bone marrow or adipose can stimulate the damaged tissue to undergo cellular proliferation and repair
  • neural prolotherapy or perineural injection technique is a new therapy developed by Dr. John Lyftogt that targets neurogenic pain by injecting a dilute sugar solution near inflamed cutaneous nerves

In addition, homeopathy is very effective in treating pain. Dr. Seenauth’s recommended remedies include:

  • Arnica – bruises, soreness, tender to touch (commonly used after falls or other blunt trauma injuries)
  • Rhus toxicodendron – stiff, sore joints (pain is worse with rest and better with continued motion, pain improves with warm applications)
  • Ruta graveolens – strained ligaments, pain and stiffness in tendons

Herbal and Nutritional Supplements that Can be Effective:

  • turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
  • bromelain (anti-inflammatory)
  • boswellia (anti-inflammatory)
  • papain (anti-inflammatory)
  • ginger (anti-inflammatory)
  • John’s wort (for nerves)
  • milky oats (for nerves)
  • passionflower (for nerves)
  • lavender (for nerves)
  • peppermint (antispasmodic)
  • thyme (antispasmodic)
  • chamomile (antispasmodic)
  • magnesium (for tissue)
  • CoQ10 (for tissue)
  • calcium (for tissue)
  • potassium (for tissue)
  • vitamin D (for tissue)
  • B vitamins (for tissue)

Dr. Arneson also notes that “sometimes the simplest remedies are overlooked, such as ice or mild heat to the affected area to reduce inflammation or tightness of a muscle.”

Naturopathic physicians are uniquely trained to use a multitude of techniques and therapies to manage health and treat addiction. Click here to find an ND near you in the US and Canada.

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Changing Healthcare with a Unique Mindset

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is a leader in comprehensive team-based approach to natural health. Blending patient care with innovative research and a cutting-edge naturopathic curriculum, both SCNM students and graduates are using a uniquely different mindset to change healthcare. SCNM’s faculty, physicians, and staff work together to prepare students for success in medical school and beyond as they become successful naturopathic physicians. With Arizona’s wide scope of practice, students can become proficient at using all naturopathic therapies to treat and heal, including acupuncture, IV and injection therapy. Keep up with the latest news about SCNM and the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program by visiting Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s website and YouTube channel.


Changing the World of Botanical Medicine

Arriving in the early months of 2020, the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Medicine will advance 21st century Botanical Medicine. The Institute will conduct analytical testing, cellular and molecular biology assays, and metabolomic testing on (medical) botanicals. It will expand benchtop and clinical research opportunities for students, and work alongside other academic institutions and leading natural product companies to generate and publish new knowledge, develop new botanical products and improve existing formulas.

Honors Tracks

SCNM has launched five distinct honors tracks in community health, nature cure, pain management, pediatrics, and regenerative medicine. The honors tracks give qualified students the ability to gain a richer and more in-depth experience within a specific emphasis. In addition, these focused areas of clinical education can help position students for competitive post-graduate opportunities and residencies.


Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

Dedicated in 2018, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is the first of its kind at any naturopathic medical school, continuing SCNM’s reputation as leaders in the field of naturopathic medicine and stem cell therapy. The center provides extensive research opportunities and additional clinical experiences for students focused on providing non-opioid pain relief options to the patients.


SCNM Sage Foundation: Providing quality healthcare to those in need and allowing students to broaden their patient experiences

In addition to on-campus clinical experiences at SCNM’s Medical Center and Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, SCNM third- and fourth-year medical students treat patients at various community clinics throughout Maricopa County. At these clinics, patients include children in low-income school districts, domestic violence survivors, low-income families, individuals coping with HIV/AIDS and patients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This gives students the opportunity to help underprivileged communities and expand their clinical experiences.

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Exciting New Developments at SCNM!

Regenerative Medicine Center Opens

The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine on November 15th. This affiliation between SCNM and Dr. Riordan, a research leader in stem cell therapy, will accelerate the development of this safe and innovative option for the treatment of acute, chronic pain. The Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine catapults SCNM into being national and international leaders in the field of regenerative medicine and makes SCNM a household name in the world of pain management. It will vastly broaden the scope of our educational opportunities for our naturopathic doctorial level students, which will now offer an Honors Track specifically designed to take advantage of this exciting new center. The Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is an expertly staffed clinical facility, built from a patient-centered design to promote healing, located within SCNM’s LEED Platinum certified Community Commons.

Stem cell therapy, an example of regenerative medicine, injects a patient’s own stem cells to promote healing, reduce inflammation and stimulate tissue repair.  Elite athletes, people with chronic pain and those who experience a lessened quality of life overall due to physical discomfort find treatment through stem cell therapy accelerates healing and reduces pain.  Another benefit is pain management without the use of opioids.

About our donor: Neil Riordan, PA, PhD, is a pioneer in the field of applied Stem Cell research.  In addition to collaboration with major universities in the United States, research and patient care is currently being conducted at Dr. Riordan’s other laboratories and clinics in Dallas, Texas and Panama City, Panama.  He is an author of more than seventy peer-reviewed medical research publications that explore Stem Cell Therapy’s potential in treating Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Riordan is also the author of two books on stem cell therapy: “Stem Cell Therapy: A Rising Tide – How Stem Cells are Disrupting Medicine and Changing Lives” and “MSC (Mesenchymal Stem Cells): Clinical Evidence Leading Medicine’s Next Frontier.”

Doctors, Faculty and Students Making News

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine has earned quite a bit of attention in the media lately, especially with a chance to share so many new and time-tested projects and treatments.  Some examples of news breakers are Dr. Miriam Wheeler (pictured at left), who gained public interest with a recent appearance on one of Phoenix’s major news programs, Channel 3, and Dr. Taylor Arnold who has been asked to write a regular response column in the popular magazine, Cooking Light.  SCNM doctors, students and faculty have also been featured on MSN, Prevention Magazine, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and the Arizona Capital Times. In order to provide the public much more information about naturopathic medicine, SCNM continues to elevate the level of knowledge of its amazing scope.

SCNM invites everyone to explore the field of naturopathic medicine through events such as Discovery Day, Research Night, Student for a Day and other opportunities. Feel free to reach out to our admissions team with any questions or comments.

Research Continues to Grow as a Major Component of SCNM’s Opportunities

Examples of some of the research projects students and faculty are working on right now include:

  1. Students who are improving the efficacy of botanicals against Gram negative bacteria (Salmonella, Escherichia, Shigella, Klebsiella) by the addition of permeabilizing agents.
  2. Identifying botanicals with efficacy against Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease and another focusing on deciphering the secrets of Echinacea purpurea: testing the antiviral and immune regulation of different parts of the plant extracted under different methods
  3. Characterization of the anticancer properties of various botanicals and mushrooms
  4. Characterization the synergistic activity of antibacterial clays
  5. Characterizing the antimicrobial activity of the volatile (gaseous) components of essential oils
  6. Projects overseen by Dr. Langland
  7. Characterization of botanicals with activity against herpes viruses
  8. The activity of the carnivorous botanical, Sarracenia purpurea, against viruses (including human papilloma virus) and squamous cell carcinoma
  9. Botanicals for the treatment of emerging viral infections: Ebola and Zika viruses

Stay tuned for exciting news regarding significant growth to the SCNM research program! You may keep tabs on all that’s happening by following SCNM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube

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