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Spotlight on Indigo Integrative Health Clinic

Mar 31, 2014 02:43AM

What do you get when you cross a mother-daughter team of naturopathic practitioners with a clinic equipped to provide natural family medicine to men, women and children—Indigo Integrative Health Clinic.

Located in northwest Washington, Indigo Integrative Health Clinic is a concierge medical practice that offers naturopathic care for treatment of a variety of health problems, including fatigue, weight management, psychiatric, ear, nose and throat, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, dermatologic, neurological and men’s and women’s health issues.

As naturopathic practitioners, Dr. Isabel Sharkar, ND and Snejana Sharkar, RND, FNP, ACNP, were trained as primary care physicians, and apply the best of allopathic medicine, with natural medicine, for the benefit of the patient. Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness. Rather than focusing solely on treating the symptoms of an ailment, it concentrates on determining the underlying cause of the patients condition. In an article published in The Georgetowner, Snejana Sharkar says, “I believe in conventional medicine, too, don’t get me wrong,” she said. “But it’s more beneficial to treat botanically first, using hydrotherapy and even healing with massages and acupuncture.” The botanical treatment she is referring to is offered as a service at Indigo Integrative. Botanical medicine or phytotherapy was derived from medicinal plants. When exercised by a licensed naturopath, it offers a powerful, safe and effective approach to healing, with few side effects.

Naturopathic medicine is based on six principals, dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers: the healing power of nature; identify and treat the cause; first do no harm; treat the whole person; doctor as teacher and prevention is the best cures. Isabel Sharkar  says, “Provided the right tools, the body has an innate ability to heal itself.” Indigo Integrative holds steadfast to the principals of naturopathic medicine, by offering services that emphasis the body’s natural healing powers.

Similar to acupuncture, the clinic offers electrotherapeutic point stimulation (ETPS) for pain relief. The non-invasive, low frequency electrical stimulation triggers points throughout the body, allowing it to naturally relieve pain, reduce stress and boost the immune system. Indigo Integrative uses intravenous infusion (IV) therapy to increase patients’ nutrient levels, for disease prevention and treatment. IV therapy is used for a number of reasons including general wellness, common cold and flu, migraine and tension headaches, immune system deficiencies, environmental toxicity, fibromyalgia and more. Several other integrative therapies are offered at Indigo Integrative, including clinical nutrition, cupping therapy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and juice therapy, to name a few.

Snejana Sharkar and Isabel Sharkar are the only providers in the Washington, D.C., area who hold a certification for Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (WTS) Restorative Medicine. Through services, specialty labs and dedication to patient education, Indigo Integrative empowers each patient to affect change in their own life and overcome the obstacles blocking their return to health.

And more from our interview with Dr. Sharkar: 

How did you all decide on the name Indigo Integrative for your practice?
The vision of the clinic was to intertwine the mind, body and soul. Together, in balance, they form health. Indigo is the color of the crown chakra, our connection to the divine. I have always resonated with the Indigo children that have come to earth to help with the ascension and awakening process. I used to have my own blog izzyindigo writing about things that interest me. When we were thinking about our clinic's name, mom asked me, "Izzy, why don't we call it Indigo?" I thought it was brilliant. Here was the name all along, it was a perfect fit- mind, body and soul.   

How long have you been in practice?
I graduated 2 years ago from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and have been in practice since then. Mom on the other hand has been in medicine for over three decades and is one of the best diagnosticians I have ever seen. Since Indigo has opened we have seen a full spectrum of patients and conditions coming through the door.   

What is it like working with your mother?
Working with my mother is the best thing I could have ever ask for and a beautiful privilege I am lucky to experience. It is such a comfortable environment, one in which we are able to communicate openheartedly with one other. We are authentic and able to find the best path for success for both our patients and practice. We compliment one another and get along so well. This truly is a warm family practice that orchestrates a serene healing environment.
What does being a naturopathic practitioner mean to you?
It means to treat the whole person and the root cause rather that the symptoms. To integrate the mind, body and soul and achieve balanced harmony amongst the three. To me personally, being a naturopathic practitioner means to be the bridge between science and spirit. This is demonstrated in several naturopathic modalities- in TCM, the practitioners balance the meridians and qi, homeopathists deal with the subtle energies of the remedies where likes cure like, to true form Ayurveda with their beautiful chanting intertwined with plant medicine. As a health practitioner, one can treat the symptoms and the person but without addressing the mind and the person's energy, true healing and balance cannot be achieved. Dis-ease starts with an imbalance of the mind, stress, anxiety, and a lack of heart-brain coherence. The time has come to return to nature and to re-evaluate our priorities and sense of true happiness. The body is a beautifully orchestrated phenomenon and given the appropriate tools, it has the innate ability to heal itself. Lastly, being a naturopathic practitioner means patient education and information. The public is misinformed about what is healthy and has placed their trust in our health care system that neither meets our needs nor desires. We have to be conscious consumers and truly understand what we are consuming in our bodies and where we are putting our dollars. We have the power. 
I noticed that you write for your website blog. How do you choose what to write about?
I write about the things I am personally experiencing. From new healing modalities that I am learning about and exposed to in my life to my latest nutritional recipes I prepare at home and things I resonate with that I want to share with my readers. 
Is there anything else you want people to know about Indigo Integrative?
We strive every day to practice what we preach and we come from a heart space where our patients are treated like family. We love our patients and empower them with the tools they need in order for them to function optimally and achieve their purpose. We empower our patients to take their health back into their own hands and stress the importance that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." 

Indigo Integrative Health Clinic is located at 1010 Wisconsin Ave., NW, STE. 660 Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-298-91931 or visit

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