Naturopathic Approaches to Women’s Health

May is Women’s Health Month, an opportunity to remind women of the importance of screening, health education, and preventative care.
The AANMC shares resources that are important for women, not just in May, but all year long.

Heart Disease

25% of female deaths are attributed to heart disease.1 64% of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have no symptoms.Watch naturopathic cardiologist Dr. Decker Weiss’ webinar on naturopathic approaches for women with heart disease.

Osteoporosis

Approximately 25% of women will develop osteoporosis in their lifetime.1 The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that approximately half of women over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.2 Lifestyle factors such as exercising, specifically weight bearing, and maintaining a nutritious diet with vitamin D and calcium are critical to bone health.

Stress

Stress can ripple through all aspects of our mind and body. Dr. Brad Lichtenstein shares how NDs help patients identify and prevent stressors, teaching them simple techniques to manage stress, and how to avoid situations that may lead to negative impacts on health and well-being.

Infertility

12% percent of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.1 Naturopathic approaches to improved fertility help couples conceive quickly and safely while addressing the root cause of conception issues.

Cancer

Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Unites States. 38% of women will develop cancer in their lifetime.1 Drawing on decades of combined experience in naturopathic oncology, Dr. Marcia Prenguber and Dr. Marie Winters review the role of a naturopathic physician from risk reduction to survivorship.

Pain Management

Millions of American are prescribed opioids to cope with chronic pain. It’s estimated that 21-29% of patients will misuse them, and  8-12% will develop an abuse disorder.1 46 people die every day from overdosing on prescription opiods.2 Dr. Tyna Moore discusses the opioid crisis and non-pharmacological approaches to pain management.

PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.1 Dr. Jamine Blesoff discusses the impacts on long-term health and how naturopathic medicine can make a difference.

Depression and Anxiety

Women are nearly two times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men.1 Studies show that anxiety and depression are related to our genetic tendencies and exposure to stressors. Dr. Peter Bongiorno explains how naturopathic medicine can help resolve mood-related issues.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Most people are embarrassed to talk about problems they experience in the bathroom. With a worldwide prevalence of 10-20%, it’s time to start talking about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).1 Hear from four NDs about why naturopathic medicine may hold the key to uncovering the root cause of IBS.

Endometriosis

200 million women worldwide and 1 in 10 women in the United States suffer from endometriosis.1 Dr. Alison Egeland discusses naturopathic approaches to women’s health and a tricky case of endometriosis.

Weight Management

Greater than 2 out of 3 women in the United States are either overweight or obese.1 Dr. Afsoun Khalili reviews natural approaches to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.

PMS

Over 90% of women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).1 Dr. Ellen Lewis shares how NDs guide patients to combat PMS and irregular periods, naturally.

Diabetes

1 in 9 women in the Unites States has diabetes.1 Learn how naturopathic approaches to diabetes treatment can relieve symptoms, help patients manage blood sugar levels better, and in some cases reverse disease progression.

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Naturopathic Approaches to PCOS

Naturopathic Approaches to PCOS

Join the AANMC and Dr. Jamine Blesoff for an overview of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Here is what you can expect to learn:
-Different ways an individual may receive this diagnosis
-Impact on long-term health
-Treatment approaches through a naturopathic medicine lens
-Success story of a patient who turned her health around

Learn More About Becoming a Naturopathic Doctor

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Naturopathic Approaches to PCOS

Join the AANMC and Dr. Jamine Blesoff for an overview of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Here is what you can expect to learn:
-Different ways an individual may receive this diagnosis
-Impact on long-term health
-Treatment approaches through a naturopathic medicine lens
-Success story of a patient who turned her health around

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About the Presenter

Jamine Blesoff, ND is an instructor in the Clinical Sciences department for the Doctor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine programs at National University of Health Sciences. She brings with her years of experience in providing women, infants, and children with natural preventative and integrative care.

Dr. Blesoff received her BA from the University of Connecticut and her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University.  As a medical student at Bastyr University, she completed elective clinical shifts working with the pediatric population, Spanish speaking patients, and individuals with limited access to health care, including those in Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International.

She is a member of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and Natural Doctors International.

 

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Licorice Root 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Welcome to The Naturopathic Kitchen! Each week we cover tips on how to incorporate new foods and herbs into your routine and also share their health benefits. Through this series, we make it easy to learn more about food as medicine. This week is all about licorice root!

Licorice Root 101

Most of us know licorice as the black ropey candy with a distinct flavor. Did you know the candy is actually enhanced with anise? Licorice root on it’s own has a long history of use as a medicinal and flavor enhancing plant. At one point, the Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer update advising against eating large amounts of licorice candy for long periods of time, especially for those with heart conditions or high blood pressure. While caution is advised for certain groups, there are still many reasons to enjoy licorice in moderate amounts, as the health benefits are too good to ignore.

Where does licorice come from? Where can I find it?

Licorice has its roots (pun intended) originating in southeast Asia, the Middle East and southern Europe. Throughout history it has been appreciated for its sweet flavor which comes from the glycyrrhiza—a compound fifty times sweeter than sugar! Today, licorice can be found in all kinds of forms, from candy to alcoholic beverages and even cosmetic products.

Licorice candy may be found in almost any store where candy is sold. The root however is best found online or through trusted botanical vendors. You can also find licorice extracts sold in health food stores. Whichever form you get it in, licorice is best used for short periods (6 weeks) of intake at no more than 6 to 18 grams of standardized extract per day. Due to its potent activity, it is good to give the body a period of rest rather than taking it as a daily supplement indefinitely.

How does licorice help my health?

The main active constituent of licorice is glycyrrhizin which has its effects on the mineralocorticoid system affecting sodium balance in the body. It is for this reason that licorice should not be consumed to excess and only in low-risk populations. Research has shown licorice to be effective for atherosclerosis, bone health, regulation of energy metabolism, improving the immune system, and increasing tolerance to stress. 1,2

What medical conditions/symptoms is licorice good for?

When should licorice be avoided?

Due to licorice’s impact on the sodium and potassium balance of the body it is best to avoid when dealing with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Hormone sensitive cancers
  • Hypokalemia
  • Surgery in the next 2 weeks

It is possible however to get licorice supplements with the glycyrrhizin removed which still has plenty of health benefits without as many of the side effects.

 

Let’s try licorice out with delicious and nutritious recipes!

 

Everyday Uses of Licorice Root

Licorice root pairs well with sweet and salty entrees. For more savory dishes, add a stick of licorice root to a pot roast or braise (beef, pork or lamb). For sweeter drinks or entrees, licorice pairs well with other bold flavors such as raspberry, ginger, mint and rhubarb. Want to spice up your regular morning oatmeal? Try grating some licorice root over it – but not if you are pregnant! Adding the licorice root prior to cooking the oatmeal will allow for the root to steep which will intensify the flavor. Goodbye, boring oatmeal, hello flavor!

Licorice Root and Ginger Tea

INGREDIENTS

4 oz water
1 t dried licorice root
1 inch ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill saucepan with water on medium heat. Before the water begins to boil, add the dried licorice roots. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add ginger and allow the mixture to steep for 5-7 minutes. Use a fine mesh strainer to filter the licorice root out as you pour the tea into a cup. Discard the filtered roots.

Thank you to StyleCraze for this recipe.

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