By Julie Wiessner
Holbrook will soon have an alternative to traditional medical practices with the opening of a naturopathic office.
Dr. Dorothy Karcheski, a certified naturopathic physician, shared some of her expertise regarding how even common household spices can benefit health at the Holbrook Senior Center Tuesday.
She is remodeling a house at 227 E. Hopi Drive in Holbrook for use as her office, and is getting ready to receive patients between the middle to end of March.
With 30 years’ experience, Karcheski is currently licensed in Arizona as a primary care physician, but specializes in natural remedies.
Karcheski is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a double major in chemistry and biology, and a double minor in math and physics. She attended John Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine in Washington State; she also has standard medical school training and attended Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.
During the senior center presentation, Karcheski discussed 15 different household spices and how they can be used in a variety of ways to promote circulation, ease arthritic pain, and lessen the effects of diabetes to help live a more pain free and less debilitating life.
Karcheski said, “A couple of things I have noticed lately is a lot of people coughing and complaining of having cold feet with this colder weather. A good way to prevent and treat a cough is with a mixture taken internally that includes vinegar, lemon, onion, garlic, ginger and some red pepper crumbled in, seeds and all. You will need to let it soak for a while, but it does help sooth the throat.
“To keep your feet warm, sprinkle some cayenne pepper in your shoes, but be aware that it will turn your socks pink,” noted Karcheski.
She also talked about using basil to help calm nervousness, and noted that when combined with fennel and eyebright, it can be used as an eyewash; cinnamon can help lower blood sugar and can be used as a mouthwash; and dill can help give a restful night’s sleep.
By Julie Wiessner