In addition to chiropractic care and massage therapy, we are pleased to offer acupuncture and naturopathic medicine for a more comprehensive level of health care.
Naturopathic and acupuncture appointments are scheduled through our Tualatin office. Please specify that you’re scheduling for Scappoose.
Office Hours are by Appointment
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30AM-5:30PM
Please click here for new patient paperwork. We need this paperwork completed even if you are an established patient with Dr. Adams. Please bring this packet, your insurance card and identification to your initial visit.
If you are planning to receive acupuncture, it is helpful if you wear somewhat loose, comfortable clothing so that Dr. Kadakia can access your arms to the elbow and legs to the knee.
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine recognizes the body’s desire to heal itself. When you get a cold, most of your symptoms are actually caused by the body’s immune response to the cold virus. Naturopathic physicians use various treatment options to support the body’s healing responses. We do this by providing nutrition and medicines to support the body processes that are healing and by using therapies to decrease symptoms and undesired processes. In the case of common cold, an example is to use herbs to increase the number of immune cells. An example of removing obstacles to healing is treatments that decrease inflammation when it is out of control.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed to diagnose and treat. Much like your medical doctor (MD), they can order lab testing or imaging (xrays, CT scans, MRIs) and prescribe pharmaceutical medicines. In addition, NDs also utilize targeted medical nutrition, nutritional supplements, herbal or botanical medicines, hydrotherapy, homeopathy and other therapeutics.
How can Dr. Kadakia help me?
Dr. Kadakia practices as a primary care physician and can help with a variety of issues. Some of the conditions she sees regularly are:
- acute or chronic pain from an accident, injury or degenerative disease
- back pain, neck pain
- knee pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain
- anxiety, stress or depression
- digestive disorders including food allergies, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, SIBO
- specialty testing for food allergies and SIBO available
- asthma, seasonal allergies
- common cold, ear infection, sore throat
- urinary tract infection (acute or chronic)
- menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, vaginal dryness
- thyroid issues
- pre-diabetes, diabetes, blood sugar issues
- adrenal fatigue – specialty lab testing available
Please call the office at 503-691-0901 if you have questions about working with Dr. Kadakia.
Why should I get acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of medicine with a history of use for thousands of years. Recent scientific study is validating its use for a variety of conditions. Dr. Kadakia can apply acupuncture to treat any of the conditions listed above, but finds it particularly effective for anxiety, depression, allergies, headaches and pain of all kinds.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture treatments tend to be very relaxing. Dr. Kadakia uses a very gentle technique and prioritizes your comfort. Acupuncture pins are very thin and typically do not cause much, if any, distress. The initial insertion can be felt as a mild pricking which usually resolves immediately. If stronger sensations are felt, the needles can be adjusted or removed for your comfort.
Will acupuncture or naturopathic medicine interfere with my medications or other treatments?
It is important to tell Dr. Kadakia about any medication or treatments you are currently receiving so that she can limit the likelihood of any interactions. There are myriad ways in which pharmaceutical drugs, herbal medicines and nutrients interact in the body. Additionally, everyone has a unique physiology that causes us to react in different ways. Dr. Kadakia keeps up with the literature on drug-herb-nutrient interactions and will do her best to work with you and your other health care providers to help you achieve heath and avoid the need for long term drug therapies.
Treatment with acupuncture and naturopathic medicine may change your body in ways that affect your need for medication. For example, if your hypertension is successfully addressed with acupuncture and herbal treatment, maintaining a pharmaceutical treatment may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. We encourage you to work with your prescribing physician and Dr. Kadakia to monitor your changing need for medication as your treatment progresses.
About Bijana Kadakia, ND, LAc
Doctor B loves her work as a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist as it allows her to work with patient at all levels of health to promote greater energy, immunity and well-being so that they can pursue their calling in life. She enjoys a diverse practice and welcomes new patients from all backgrounds. Doctor B supports her patients in achieving greater health through education and personal choices and gentle treatment strategies such acupuncture, Reiki and homeopathy to helps facilitate deep lasting change. She is passionate about nutrition and food preparation and helps her patient make dietary changes with specific advice and recipes.
In her personal life, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, Portland Timbers soccer and travel with her husband and dog. As a family, they spent part of 2013 on sabbatical touring the National Park system from coast to coast in a camper van. For more information about Dr. Kadakia’s education, background and professional associations, click here.