Integrative Medicine at APD is wellness and healing-focused care that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between the provider and the patient, it is informed by evidence, and it makes use of all appropriate therapies.
Put simply, integrative medicine is an approach to health that puts you at the center of your care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, and environmental influences that affect your overall wellbeing.
Medical Staff, Locations, and Contacts
Cindy Reuter, ND, MSOM, LAc, MPH
Matthew Harrington, LMT and Nancy Rizner, LMT
Historic Homestead Building, Level 3
127 Mascoma Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Nina McCampbell, MD
Multi-Specialty Clinic, Level 2
10 Alice Peck Day Drive
Lebanon, NH 03766
Our Integrative Medicine services complement care from your primary and specialty care teams. Services are available in close collaboration with APD providers and health system members via myD-H.
Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. The goal of naturopathic therapy is to treat the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. It aims to heal the root cause of an illness, not just treat the symptoms. On your first visit, your naturopathic provider ask questions about your health history, stress level, and lifestyle habits to glean a full picture of your health and wellness. We will discuss your personal health plan, as naturopathic medicine focuses on education and prevention. You will receive a personalized treatment plan that may include nutrition supplements, eating changes, exercise suggestions and ideas to help manage stress. Your naturopathic provider may also suggest other therapies including herbal medicine, lifestyle and nutrition counseling, homeopathy, massage, reiki, aromatherapy, and acupuncture.
Treatments: Naturopathic medicine is used to address health issues and for overall health maintenance. Some of the commonly treated conditions include allergies, chronic pain, digestive problems, headaches, obesity, women’s health issues and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on their body. In the Chinese medicine view, health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi.” Many believe that qi flows through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians are accessible through 360 acupuncture points. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations at specific depths seeks to bring energy flow back into proper balance.
Acupuncture at APD addresses a broad variety of chronic conditions including pain, headaches, and digestive problems. It can provide stress relief and improve sleep and overall mood. In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO)* listed a number of conditions in which they found acupuncture to be a proven effective treatment.
- Adverse reactions to and side effects of cancer treatment
- Allergies and hay fever
- Facial pain
- Gallbladder pain
- High or low blood pressure
- Knee pain
- Labor induction
- Low back pain
- Low blood counts
- Menstrual cramps
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Pain from kidney stones
- Pain in dentistry
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Shoulder pain
- Stomach pain
Cupping therapy may be trendy today, but it is not a new remedy. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1550 BCE. Today at APD, the therapist puts specialized cups on your skin. Attached to a suction pump, the cups cause your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cups remain in place between three to thirty minutes, depending on the therapist’s observations.
Patients choose dry cupping therapy at APD for many purposes. It can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, promote relaxation, and act as a form of deep-tissue massage.
Massage has been practiced in most cultures throughout human history, and was one of the earliest tools that people used to relieve pain. Massage therapy is a type of treatment in which your therapist manipulates the soft tissues of the body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin — using varying degrees of pressure and movement.
Massage therapy can help manage chronic pain, reduce stress, improve sleep, and enhance wellness. It is an ideal complement for patients receiving intense treatments for Hepatitis C and Cancer or for patients recovering from surgery or an injury. Massage can improve the flow of blood and lymph to reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, to affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and to enhance tissue healing.
Nutrition Therapy centers on the idea that real health can be achieved through a holistic and bio-individual approach to nutrition and lifestyle. Nutrition is the science that interprets the nutrients and other substances in food in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health, and disease of an organism. It includes ingestion, absorption, assimilation, biosynthesis, catabolism and excretion.
Nutrition therapy is an option to address, prevent, or reverse diseases such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.