First, a fable . . .
The Wind challenged the Sun to remove the jacket of the traveler walking along the road beneath them. As the Sun hid behind a cloud, the Wind tried whipping it off by force. The traveler grasped his jacket more and more tightly around him. Then the Sun warmly beamed its rays on the traveler, so he took his jacket off himself. The Sun won the challenge by gentle persuasion rather than force.
The human body responds to medical treatment much like the traveler in the story. The body is much more responsive to a gentle stimulus towards a desired end. The result is that the body recognizes its imbalance – and is not stopped from doing its job – and can heal itself. The way Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf practices Naturopathic Medicine is like the Sun in Aesop’s fable. She aims to return the body to fully functioning by using natural remedies to reinforce its natural function. This is the opposite of using medicines to suppress function, like antacids, aspirin to bring down a fever, and the many “anti” drugs.
Meet Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf, ND
Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in August 1998. She is licensed to practice medicine by the State of Arizona. She practices in Cottonwood.
“The public deserves doctors trained in a four-year medical curriculum for alternative care” she said. The training included basic anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, current clinical, physical, and laboratory diagnosis, just like in standard medical schools.
The unique part of her training is based in Naturopathic philosophy, which treats the whole person in a way like the Sun in the story. The least invasive and most effective methods are used. These methods include Homeopathy and Homeopathic Drainage, Bowen Therapy, Nutritional counseling, Detoxification and Tonification, Lifestyle counseling and Mind/body techniques including meditation.
“I best serve those who are looking for ways to take their health into their own hands and learn natural methods of preventing and treating illness and developing a healthy lifestyle,” she said. She is particularly qualified to help those with hormonal imbalances, as she has extensive further education and experience in that area. She performs a non-invasive thyroid test called the ThyroflexTM in her office. It is much more accurate in reflecting actual body function than blood tests.
How She Got Here
Dr. Cheryl said she has always sought out natural methods of treatment for herself. After she started learning about Homeopathy in a local Study Group, she felt she needed a medical background to practice Homeopathy safely. Her Naturopathic Physician suggested she go to Naturopathic Medical School, where she could get that background as well as learn Homeopathy, so she did. In addition, she did a post-graduate Homeopathic training with Dr. Guenoit from France. This is the fulfillment of her initial passion, as his system of Individualized Medicine makes sense of all her Naturopathic training as well as making the appropriate selection of homeopathic remedies straightforward.
She said Homeopathy can be used successfully in the treatment of anything from headaches and the flu to long-standing conditions. She uses the Homeopathic system from Dr. Gueniot to gently restore the body’s function in those long-standing conditions, whether it is a hormonal imbalance, digestive problems, or due to toxicities like heavy metal accumulations. Homeopathy is also an important adjunct in treatments of injuries and infections.
Before going into natural medicine, Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf taught sculpture. She said her Fine Arts background comes into play in her current profession.
“Healthy living is an art, and so are the methods of restoring health such as Homeopathy,” she said. In this 200 year old medical art, patterns of the person such as food desires, climate preferences, what makes things better or worse, and the qualities of pain or sensation are matched to those patterns in a specific homeopathic remedy. That takes non-linear thinking such as is used in creating artworks.
And beyond . . .
She has gone from teaching how to create through sculpture to teaching how to create the health and the life you desire. She finds it is important to attend to the mind and emotions while supporting the body in healing. After investigating many systems of mind/body medicine, she has dedicated herself to the teaching of a very powerful tool to achieve a useful relationship to thoughts and feeling. It is called The Ishayas’ Ascension. Ishaya is a Sanskrit word meaning “For Highest Consciousness” Ascension simply means rising beyond limiting thoughts and feelings. She is grateful for the peace and expansion of compassion it has brought her. She is excited about the changes in the lives of the people she has taught. Most comment on how calm they can be in the midst of upsetting situations. Her students have overcome insomnia, anxiety, and depression and improved their relationships with these techniques.
In addition, the sensitivity in her hands from sculpting has put her in the right place for doing effective bodywork.
Bowen Therapy is a bodywork technique that is gaining in recognition. It can have spectacular results for musculoskeletal problems such as neck pain, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, as well as the everyday backache. In addition, it can affect internal structures such as hemorrhoids, open the lungs, regulate the female reproductive organs, and improve colon function. She is very excited about the results she has been seeing in the reduction of stiffness and tremors in Parkinson’s patients.
Dr. Cheryl is the only Bowen practitioner certified by the Bowen Academy of Australia in Cottonwood. The technique consists of rolling movements over specific muscles in the body with a lighter touch than massage, and is done through clothing. It allows the body to balance and heal itself and allows for detoxification.
She also does CranioSacral therapy, learning it through the Upledger Institute and doing advanced training with Beth Ellen Zang of Sedona College of Natural Health. Through a light touch no more than the weight of a nickel, and a strong understanding of the body’s language, she feels and pays attention to the structures and the flows in the body. Restrictions in muscle, bone, organs, nerves, and connective tissues are released. As a result, function improves, and pain and restriction are relieved.
Right here in Cottonwood
Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf believes that Naturopathic Medicine will become more predominant as people choose to take responsibility for their health. People are realizing that there are very effective methods of cure outside of the mainstream medical model.
She believes that the Verde Valley is the right place for this now. People from Cottonwood and surrounding areas have benefited from her services. “There are fresh air and high-quality foods available, and people who support a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “It is possible to live without the stresses of urban life, yet the talent and education is here for intellectual, cultural and spiritual stimulation.”
You, too, can be like the traveler with the sun gently shining down, restoring health from the inside out, producing smooth traveling along the road of life.
Call 928-649-9234 now to schedule a 15 minute free initial consultation to find out how she can help you.
Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf’s office at 781 Cove Parkway, Suite B in Cottonwood is open by appointment.
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