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Lee Dennis, ND

Naturopathic Physician

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Location

Namaste Natural Healing Center
12616 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97233

Homeopathy

Picture of homeopathic remedy

Homeopathy was first developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, in the late 18th century. Homeopathy is based on the principle that "like cures like". Hahnemann first observed this principle with the use of cinchona bark to treat malaria. Hahnemann discovered that when cinchona was given to healthy individuals, it caused symptoms similar to those seen in malaria patients. Through experimentation, Hahnemann found that by using small doses of a substance he could avoid the toxic side effects while still providing healing benefits. In producing these remedies, Hahnemann used a series of dilutions and succussions (vigorous shaking) which leads to what are termed "potentized" remedies. A very similar technique is still used to this day.

Dr. Dennis believes strongly in individualizing treatment plans for each patient. Homeopathy, in and of itself, is a highly individualized treatment modality. Any given illness or complaint can be treated with multiple homeopathic remedies. This is because the presentation for an illness can vary highly between individuals. A good, classical homeopath can recognize and account for these differences and prescribe the proper remedy for each person. This is a skill that requires much training and diligence on the part of the homeopath, but can make the utmost difference in a patient's life.



Herbal Medicine

Plants have been used for thousands of years by various cultures across the world to combat illness and improve health. In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plant constituents. Naturopaths are trained in the Western herbal tradition, though some may also employ the use of other herbal traditions such as Chinese medicine or the Indian tradition of Ayurveda. Many of the traditional uses of herbs are being confirmed by modern scientific studies, while new uses are often being found as well... - read more -


Nutrition

Optimal nutrition and a balanced diet is a necessary component of any healthy lifestyle. Food, however, not only provides the building blocks of our body, but can also modulate inflammation, alter immune function and affect a multitude of other biological processes as well. Naturopathic physicians are trained to use food and nutrients as medicine. As such, a visit with a naturopath will most certainly involve some aspect of nutrition -- either dietary changes or... - read more -


What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine as a profession finds its origins dating back to the practitioners of nature cure in the early 19th century. From the early hydrotherapy techniques developed by Vincent Priessnitz to the father of naturopathy, Benedict Lust, to more modern contributors such as John Bastyr, naturopathic medicine has become an amalgamation of natural therapies that are guided by the 6 fundamental principles... - read more -