What to Expect
The following are the tools that we use in order to help you achieve great health:
The principles of Naturopathic Medicine include:
- Recognize “ The Healing Power of Nature”,
- Identify and treat the cause,
- First, do no harm,
- Doctor as teacher
- Treat the whole person (physical, mental , emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other individual factors)
- Practice preventive medicine,
- Achieve Wellness.
If you would like to know more about naturopathic medicine please click here. (my story page)
Currently, 22 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have licensing or registration laws for naturopathic doctors (NDs/NMDs). In these jurisdictions, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical programs, and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license or registration.
Naturopathic physicians are licensed in the state of Connecticut after graduating from a post – baccalaureate four year, and 4100 hour course of study at a college or university recognized by the State Examining Board.
Currently the license of Connecticut allows naturopathic physicians to diagnose, order laboratory tests and treat.
Evaluation of Laboratory Tests
Sometimes, an accurate diagnosis can be made with a history and physical evaluation alone. An individualized treatment plan can then be accurately designed. Other times, laboratory tests are necessary. Labs are a part of our medical investigation process, and we use them only if needed. It is always a good idea to bring previous lab reports with you on your first visit. However, if necessary, we may ask you to get additional testing done. Most of the time, these tests are ordered through Quest, Lab Corps or a local hospital lab and are covered by your insurance. Occasionally, depending on the complexity of your condition and the information needed in order to properly diagnose and decide on the treatment plan, we may ask you to use specialty labs. In some cases experimental tests will be ordered. The testing materials could be blood, urine, hair, or stool, depending on the tests ordered. We interpret the tests in a very comprehensive way, searching for the cause of an illness, looking at deficiencies, toxicities, intolerances, and infections.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is a five thousand year old medical tradition. Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is based on observation, interview, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and other diagnostic tools. Following an assessment, treatment may involve acupuncture, cupping, electrotherapy, infrared heat lamp, or other traditional treatments. Acupuncture involves the placement of sterile one- time use disposable needles into specific points on the body. The training required of an Acupuncturist includes successful completion of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam. Training may also include a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture degree.
Acupuncture has successfully been used to treat all types of pain conditions, infertility, digestive disorders, anxiety, and addictions. In our practice, we have been particularly successful with acupuncture when applied to treating the following conditions:
Acupuncture is a great way of balancing the autonomic nervous system to achieve optimal health. It can be used alone or in combination with the other treatment modalities. It is a great adjunct to naturopathic and nutritional medicine, and if combined, acts as a catalyst towards healing.
In 2006 Dr. Yanover went to China to study acupuncture. To read about her experience in China, please, click here.
Herbal or Botanical medicine was one of Dr. Yanover’s favorite studies at Bastyr University. She had an opportunity to follow a great naturopath and an herbalist, Dr. William Mitchel, who was also a founder of Bastyr University. Dr. Yanover will use herb combination principles to prepare an herbal formula designed specifically for your needs. She uses these herbal formulations in addition to nutritional medicine for specific complaints.
The following conditions have been successfully treated with herbal medicine in our practice:
- Chronic infections such as Lyme disease, coinfections and long haul COVID
- Immune Support for prevention of acute infections such cold, flu and COVID-19
- Sleep support
- Anxiety and Depression
- Digestive disorders
- Female conditions related to hormonal imbalance such as Menopause and PMS
Homeopathy is a system of medicine founded by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann ( 1755-1843). It is based on the principle that “like cures like”, meaning that the medicine that produces particular symptoms in a healthy human being is also capable of curing similar symptoms that present as an illness. In homeopathy, tiny amounts of various substances such as plants and minerals, are being used. The amounts are so small, that are barely detectible. What is left, is the essence of the substance. That essence, if matched correctly with the essence of a patient being treated, can generate a self-healing response, and subsequently, a cure.
Homeopathy has been practiced all over the word. It is gentle and can be suitable for adults, children, babies and breast feeding women. Homeopathy can be used in various forms such as sugar pellets, liquids, tablets and creams. Homeopathy can be used as the main treatment modality (usually used by classical homeopaths), or as an adjunctive therapy. It can also be used as a first aid and for a quick symptomatic relief. It can be used as a single remedy, or a combination of different remedies. Here at Big Apple Center, we primarily use it as an adjunctive therapy to our primary nutritional protocol, and as first aid treatment. We also use it as part of pre and post-procedural protocols.
We love our Bio-Mat as a great healing modality. Bio-Mat is a mat that is used for healing, combining far infrared rays, negative ion therapy and the superconducting properties of pure amethyst that work together to treat a wide variety of medical issues and ailments.
We use it as a stand-alone treatment, or as an adjunct to the other therapies we offer. For example, an acupuncture treatment may feel more relaxing if it is combined with the Bio-Mat. When we use Bio- Mat by itself, it is usually for detoxification purposes, circulation issues, or to address pain and anxiety.
For more information on Bio-Mat, click here.
Craniosacral therapy is an energetic treatment that allows for mechanical and structural changes in the body through subtle movements at various areas of the body.
Dr. Yanover often combines if with other modalities such as acupuncture. It is a very relaxing treatment that many people consider a “light adjustment”, since it directs the body to self-adjust, and gradually improve structure. We also use it for stress, anxiety, and headaches.
Therapeutic Massage and Cupping
Dr. Yanover has known, and practiced the art of massage for the past twenty years. She combines this knowledge and the skills of traditional Swedish massage and lymphatic drainage principles. In addition, she does an eastern form of massage called cupping. She is also trained in Qigong massage for children, also known as sensory massage, used mainly for children with sensory issues such as extreme sensitivity, ADHD, PANS/PANDAS. She mainly uses her massage skills as an adjunct therapy with other treatments such as acupuncture and craniosacral therapy.
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