Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that was developed from listening to the symptoms of the patient and observing the subtle energies of the body. Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to facilitate healing and prevent illness through the use of acupuncture, nutrition, physical exercise, and herb preparations. Within traditional Chinese medicine, the body, emotions, mind, and spirit are treated simultaneously.

Some people are reluctant to try acupuncture due to the use of needles.  An acupuncture needle is as thin as a hair and can often be inserted without the individual noticing. Dr. Allott has worked with many individuals to help them become comfortable with the use of acupuncture needles.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is useful in treating the following conditions:

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine combines the diagnostic tools of a primary care physician with centuries-old, natural non-toxic therapies. In the state of Washington, a naturopathic physician is recognized as a primary care physician.  We are able to order all diagnostic tests that are common to medical doctors, such as laboratory tests for blood and urine, X-Ray, MRI, and CT scans.

In the treatment of the individual, a naturopathic physician emphasizes whole-patient wellness. The naturopathic physician attempts to identify the underlying cause rather than focusing on symptomatic treatment.  When selecting a treatment, a naturopathic physician draws upon the following therapies: clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling and stress management.

Naturopathic Principles

  • Vis Medicatrix Naturae – The Healing Power of Nature: Nature acts powerfully through healing mechanisms in the body and mind to maintain and restore health.  The naturopathic physician works to restore and support these inherent systems.
  • Primum Non Nocere – First Do No Harm: The naturopathic physician seeks to provide the most effective health care with least risk to the client.
  • Tolle Causam – Find Cause: The naturopathic physician shall strive to identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  • Docere – Doctor as Teacher: The naturopathic physician educates the client, inspires rational hope, and encourages self-responsibility for health.
  • Treat the Whole Person: Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, or other factors. The naturopathic physician treats the whole person, taking these factors into account.
  • Wellness: Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotions, thoughts, and actions. Wellness is inherent in everyone.  The naturopathic physician shall seek restore, maintain and optimize wellness.
  • Preventive Medicine: The naturopathic physician promotes health through the prevention of disease for the individual, each community, and the world.

Therapeutic Order

The therapeutic order is a guideline for re-establishing and maintaining health.

  1. Re-establish the basis for health. Remove obstacles to wellness, and establish a healthy regimen.
  2. Simulate the healing power of nature. The body inherently seeks to be in balance.  By utilizing botanical medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, and psychological and spiritual healing, the body is assisted in returning to its healthy processes.
  3. Tonify weakened systems. Multiple systems support our health. Supporting metabolic and physiological systems, strengthening our energetic bodies, and developing our personal support systems of family and community, we create systems that allow us to function optimally.  At times, we need to re-assess and cultivate systems that support our well-being.
  4. Correct structural integrity. Physical and emotional structural systems gives us the support to successfully move through the world.  The structural integrity of the body is maintained and corrected through the use of physical activity, therapeutic exercise, spinal manipulation, massage, and cranial-sacral treatment.
  5. Prescribe specific natural substances for pathology. Use vitamins, minerals, and herbs to alter metabolic pathways to relieve symptoms, but not necessarily to bring the body into sustained independent balance.
  6. Prescribe pharmacological substances for pathology. Use pharmaceutical drugs to alter metabolic pathways in order to relieve symptoms, but not necessarily to bring the body into sustained independent balance.
  7. Prescribe surgery, suppressive drugs, radiation, and chemotherapy: At times, aggressive therapies are needed to preserve life.