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.
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 IndigoHealthClinic.com.
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