Dr. Satya Ambrose: Functional Medicine Before it was Cool + Healing Stories

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Episode Summary

Dr. Satya Ambrose has served as a teacher and mentor in my Naturopathic Medical education. In addition to being one of the kindest and most compassionate humans, she is a brilliant clinician. The way that she weaves Naturopathic and Chinese medicine together so artfully to support the holistic health of her patients is an inspiration.

In this conversation we talk about...

  • the evolution of medicine and science

  • The implications for more doctors practicing more "naturopathically"

  • Some inspirational stories of hope from her own patients over the years

  • Finally, some of her own personal pearls for health and happiness

**NOTE: I apologize for the audio quality in this episode! There must have been a loose connection with a microphone which led to some constant background noise throughout. The content was just too good to let go of! Thank you for your understanding.

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About Dr. Ambrose

Satya Ambrose is an acupuncturist and naturopathic physician. She received a B.A. in psychology and Biochemistry from Evergreen State College in 1975, her first acupuncture degree from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1976, she completed yoga teacher training in 1977, an integrated deep tissue course from Rolfing in 1977, her second acupuncture degree from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978, and a ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1989. She has been practicing for over 30 years. She has a 24acre farm from where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the co-founder of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, where she currently teaches nutrition/biochemistry and pediatrics. She has taught many areas of medicine including oncology, endocrinology, cardiology, pathology, acupuncture points and therapeutics, medical philosophy, immunology, emotional basis of illness, and women's health.

Currently she focuses on overall prevention of illness. She also supervises acupuncture and naturopathic students at the naturopathic school clinic. She is also currently writing a book about integrating natural and conventional medicine. Dr. Ambrose tries to utilize natural therapeutics as well as lifestyle counseling to address patient's symptoms when they come. Patients' pain leads them to discover their physical weakness, which can be countered by changing lifestyle. Illness can lead to a deeper understanding of self and if addressed appropriately prevent potentially fatal illnesses in the future. Illnesses like autoimmune disorders, neurological diseases, infections, chronic pain, can be treated gently and naturally without toxic medications. This takes support, encouragement by the physician, and determination on the patients' part. Overall the most utilized medicine of all in her practice is love and laughter. Dr. Ambrose is working with several colleagues to found a hospital which uses integrative care.

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