Being raised in Japan and Richmond, BC, I was exposed to both Western and Eastern medical philosophies and therapies. From early on I wanted to study medicine. While applying to conventional medical schools, I discovered naturopathic medicine. The philosophy of naturopathic medicine (see below) immediately resonated with my ideal of primary care medicine and what I felt was lacking in my own health care.
I started this blog as a student of naturopathic medicine and acupuncture because I encountered a huge amount of health information that I knew my friends, family and many others could benefit from. I now have a practice in my hometown of Richmond, BC, Canada at Brio Integrative Health Centre. Integrating current research with traditional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, my areas of focus include type 2 diabetes, complementary cancer treatment, pain management, geriatrics and sleep difficulty. I perform nutritional assessments and use lifestyle counseling, clinically researched nutritional supplements, botanical medicine and acupuncture to provide relief of symptoms while addressing the underlying cause of disease.
I hope this blog provides a brief intro to natural medicine and how it can help you prevent disease and optimize your health.
Come join me on this health journey!
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
(from the AANMC)