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Dr. Travis Thurston, ND

Licensed Naturopathic Physician in Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington
 

Specialties and Areas of Expertise:

  • Primary Care and Family Medicine: Focused on holistic approaches to health, Dr. Thurston is skilled in treating a range of conditions with a special emphasis on endocrine imbalances and family health.

  • Integrative Pain Management: Offering innovative solutions for managing pain, combining natural therapies with modern medical practices.

  • Complementary Cancer Care: Providing supportive treatments to complement traditional cancer therapies.

  • IV Therapies: Utilizing intravenous treatments for a variety of health concerns, ensuring optimal absorption of nutrients and medications.

  • Neurological Health: Addressing a range of neurological conditions with a naturopathic approach.
     

Concierge Medicine:

Dr. Thurston practices Concierge Medicine, offering personalized and accessible healthcare. This model, also known as boutique medicine, retainer-based medicine, or direct primary care, ensures exclusive care tailored to individual patient needs.
 

Specialty Treatments:

  • Injectable Therapies: Expertise in delivering therapeutic substances via injection for various health conditions.

  • Natural Hormone Replacement: Specializing in balancing hormones naturally to address health issues related to hormonal imbalances.

  • Age-Management: Providing treatments focused on healthy aging and longevity.

  • Weight Loss Programs: Offering comprehensive and natural weight management solutions.

  • Pain Management: Specializing in natural and integrative approaches to pain relief.
     

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians

  • Member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians

  • Member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Bridging the Gap Between Conventional and Natural Medicine at Central Health: Dr. Travis Thurston's Integrative Approach

At Central Health, we are proud to have Dr. Travis Thurston, a renowned Naturopathic Physician, as a key part of our team. His unique practice exemplifies our commitment to integrating the best of both conventional and natural medicine, offering our patients a comprehensive, holistic healthcare experience.

Integrative Collaboration: Dr. Thurston works in close synergy with our team of nurse practitioners, combining his expertise in naturopathic medicine with their knowledge in conventional medical practices. This collaboration ensures that our patients benefit from a multidimensional approach to health care, encompassing a wide spectrum of therapeutic options.

Holistic Patient Care: Recognizing the importance of treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms, Dr. Thurston's approach focuses on understanding the full health profile of each patient. This includes considering lifestyle factors, environmental influences, and emotional well-being, alongside physical health.

 

Tailored Therapies: Understanding that every patient's needs are unique, Dr. Thurston specializes in creating personalized treatment plans. These plans often incorporate natural therapies such as herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle modifications, alongside traditional medical treatments.

Educational Empowerment: A significant aspect of bridging the gap is patient education. Dr. Thurston dedicates time to educating patients about the benefits and science behind both conventional and natural treatments, empowering them to make informed decisions about their health.

Complementary Treatments: For conditions ranging from chronic pain to hormonal imbalances, Dr. Thurston offers treatments that complement conventional medical care. This includes natural hormone replacement therapy, integrative pain management strategies, and supportive care for chronic conditions.

Through Dr. Thurston's integrative approach, Central Health stands as a beacon of comprehensive healthcare, where the confluence of conventional and natural medicine provides our patients with the best possible care.

Naturopathic Medicine

 

Dr. Travis Thurston – About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a system of health optimization that uses natural substances to treat the whole person. It’s imperative to recognize that the patient’s mental, emotional, and physical states must all be treated for a lasting effect.

Though the term Naturopathy was coined in 1895, this type of medicine had been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years prior. In the mid and late 1800s in the United States, the standard medical schools taught herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional medicine along with surgery and other more heroic type medicines.

Gradually, the pharmaceutical direction to isolate components of the herbs created more potent, but potentially more toxic drugs. Further, with the advent of antibiotics, the long-term adverse consequences of drugs was not understood and the slower, more gradual effects of Naturopathic medicine almost pushed it into disuse in the early 1900s. The current resurgence is due to a recognition of both the accomplishments and the limitations of the current medical system and the efficacy of Naturopathic medicine.

The foundation of Naturopathic medicine is the vitalistic philosophy of the “healing power of nature.” This means that within every human organism there is a healing energy, which includes our immune system in the fuller sense of both the physical and the psyche, which is responsible for our wellness and our ability to heal and maintain health.

Following this first premise is the second, that the therapies used to support and stimulate this healing power of nature must be in “the gentlest, least invasive, most efficient manner possible”.

The third Naturopathic premise is “to diagnose and treat the cause”. Naturopaths do not simply treat the manifestation of the disease but rather search for the cause and treat it.

To accomplish these goals, Naturopathic medicine incorporates many therapeutic modalities: herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hydrotherapy, food, exercise therapy, physical therapy, manipulation of the bony and soft tissues, lifestyle and counseling. Additionally, some Naturopaths elect to continue their education to receive a license to practice natural childbirth.

Principles and Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine

 

These principles form the characteristic foundation and core of Naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic physicians aim to integrate every one of these principles into all aspects of diagnosis and treatment.

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae):

    In every living organism there exists an inherent ability of the body, mind and spirit to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians stimulate this innate healing power by using methods that are in harmony with this natural process.

  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):

    Naturopathic physicians choose the least invasive, most non-toxic treatment that will restore health. This minimizes harmful side effects and avoids the simple suppression of symptoms.

  • Identify and Treat the Cause of Disease (Tolle Causam):

    Whereas conventional medicine focuses on alleviating symptoms, Naturopathic medicine uses these symptoms as a guide to identify the underlying cause of illness. It is only through removal of the cause that complete health can be restored.

  • Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum):

    Disease process results from a complex interaction of mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, genetic, social and environmental factors. Naturopathic physicians consider all of these factors in each patient, in order to most optimally individualize treatment of the whole person.

  • Emphasize Prevention:

    At no other time in history has preventive medicine been so critical to one’s health as it is today. In today’s world, more stressors are impinging upon our lives than ever before, from hectic lifestyles to toxins present in our food, air and water. Naturopathic Physicians teach their patients how to avoid these stressors, thereby helping them maximize health and prevent chronic disease.

  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere):

    Naturopathic Physicians act as guides for their patients, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health. As teachers, they help the patient fully understand their disease process and the rationale for treatments prescribed.

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