Jamine Blesoff, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

jamineAs a naturopathic doctor, it is Dr. Jamine Blesoff’s goal to promote sustainable health for the individual, for the community, and for the planet. She provides effective, appropriate, and gentle health care utilizing naturopathic therapies to encourage the body’s innate ability to heal. At the same time, she educates her patients so they can make informed health decisions. Her clinical interests include pediatric/adolescent health, women’s health, and cardiovascular disease risk reduction.

Dr. Jamine Blesoff

Dr. Jamine Blesoff, ND, received a BA from the University of Connecticut, where she was a 4-year Division I athlete. She designed an individualized major in Community Health; a multi-disciplinary degree encompassing sociology, cultural anthropology, Latino studies, and the pre-med sciences.

Dr. Blesoff graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND). She completed a year-long family practice residency upon her graduation at Tilia Natural Health. She is a Licensed Primary Care Provider in Washington State. During her studies at Bastyr University, Dr. Blesoff focused her elective coursework on botanical medicine, craniosacral therapy, and homeopathy. She also completed elective clinical shifts working with pediatric populations, Spanish speaking patients, and individuals with limited access to health care. Dr. Blesoff worked in Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International, seeing patients on the island of Ometepe.

Dr. Blesoff is adjunct faculty at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She currently teaches the Pediatrics course in the naturopathic medicine program.

Dr. Blesoff is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Natural Doctors International, and Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

In Seattle, Washington Dr. Blesoff built a successful private practice seeing infants, children, and women. She provides care for families in the Chicago-land area at Balance Health and Wellness.

Dr. Blesoff currently lives in Oak Park where she enjoys gardening, cooking, playing co-ed softball, and spending time with her daughter. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Call to schedule an appointment. Dr. Blesoff is looking forward to being a partner in your journey toward optimal health.

Information about Naturopathy

Overview of Naturopathy

Naturopathic physicians follow several foundational principles that guide their decision making processes when caring for patients.  Naturopathic doctors commonly:

  • Believe in the healing power of nature and the ability of people to self-heal. They focus on removing obstacles to help facilitate this natural process.
  • Identify and treat causes, working to remove underlying problems, not just suppressing symptoms that return over time.
  • Follow guidelines to “first do no harm” to patients. They use methods that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least invasive measures to diagnose and treat people’s ailments.
  • View themselves as teachers as well as doctors, educating patients and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health.
  • Treat the entire person, taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual, and any other factors.
  • Work to prevent future health problems by assessing risk factors and encouraging healthy lifestyles.NDs pursue expertise in interactions between drugs, herbs, and nutrients. They often receive additional certification beyond their degree in a variety of disciplines, learning more about topics such as midwifery, acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine. NDs can work in private practices of their own or in integrated settings with other medical health providers, including conventional and osteopathic physicians, to help patients receive comprehensive care.

Homeopathy vs. Naturopathy

What they have in common
Homeopathy and naturopathy are both alternative medicinal systems, considered to be holistic because they focus on the whole patient not just treating symptoms. Both have licensed medical doctors in most Western countries. Both approaches prefer natural methods rather than pharmaceutical drugs or invasive procedures. Most practitioners in both camps support the use of conventional medicine in serious cases too radical for alternative remedies.

What makes them different
Naturopathy includes several practices, such as herbalism, acupuncture, acupressure, counseling, exercise, diet, and other drug-free medical interventions. It aims to support the patient towards healthy living in physical, emotional, and spiritual areas. Most of the practices used are supported by clinical studies and stem from ancient and traditional medicine.

Homeopathy does not have as much support from the scientific community and is a more recent development than naturopathy. It operates on the idea that toxins in the body can be treated by similar toxins that have been diluted.

State Licensing Information

An ND will have a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from a four-year graduate-level program at an accredited medical school. These schools provide full medical training in scientifically base treatments, emphasizing natural therapies.

Illinois does not yet have a legal definition or requirement for naturopathy practices. Dr. Blesoff has and maintains a license in the state of Washington, complying with requirements which include graduation from a four-year residential program and passing the NPLEX, the postdoctoral board examination. Currently eighteen states, the District of Colombia, and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors.

Clinical Nutrition

The practice of naturopathy strongly emphasizes the use of clinical nutrition and nutritional supplementation. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) embrace the principle that whole and organic foods can be medicinal, an effective form of preventative and healing treatment. NDs, with their knowledge of physiology and biochemistry, work to educate their patients on how changes in diet can influence both the symptoms and the progression of many diseases. Naturopathic practices recognize that each individual person may have different nutritional and dietary needs. NDs will help patients create an individualized nutritional plan to help them reach their greatest potential for health. NDs will equip patients with information about general nutritional guidelines as well. Naturopathic dietary plans are not just about losing weight. They often emphasize adding certain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are missing from the modern diet.

Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine has been used by many cultures since the beginning of medicine. It is a medical system in which plants or extracts of plants are eaten or applied topically to treat illnesses or assist in improving systems in the body. Many of today’s pharmaceutical drugs are still produced from plants, although they are altered or manufactured in different ways. Naturopathy promotes using unchanged, natural forms of plants for receiving the most benefits and the fewest side effects. Examples of herbal remedies include chamomile tea (used for upset stomach, indigestion, colic), garlic (used to reduce cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, treat fungal infections and colds), turmeric (used to combat inflammation, protect against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease), and aloe (used to treat minor burns, sunburns, and skin irritation). Some herbs address certain problems while others are preventative measures. NDs help patients use herbs and spices in a way to prevent and treat diseases, while avoiding negative side effects or unhealthy interactions between drugs.

Lifestyle Counseling

Lifestyle counseling is an important aspect of the naturopathy approach. It uses the therapeutic relationship between doctor and patient to help the patient form and achieve goals towards a healthier lifestyle. NDs are trained to use active listening, empathy, and medical knowledge to assist with this. Goals for patients can include detoxification, weight loss, educational sessions, improved energy, and stress management. NDs help patients understand how mental attitudes, emotional states, environmental factors, and habits can affect their physical health. Lifestyle counseling sessions may prevent and change the progression of some types of diseases and ailments. Patients are taught how small changes in behaviors can help them feel better and enjoy life more fully.

Physical Medicine

Physical medicine is used for muscle strains, arthritis, detoxification, immune support boosts, injury healing, and many types of pain. Physiotherapy is a type of physical medicine that can use methods like ultrasonic therapy to help muscles recovery from injury. Inferential physical medicine uses techniques, such as electrical stimulation to help with managing pain. Manual therapy uses taping, stretching, and manipulation of the skeletal system to retrain and support muscles and body parts while healing.


Hydrotherapy is the use of water in treating disease. It uses the body’s natural responses to water pressure and different temperatures. Nerves at the surface will react to these stimuli and will work to stimulate the immune system, produce hormones, invigorate circulation and digestion, encourage blood flow, and lessen pain sensitivity.

Hot water can quiet and soothe the body, helping slow activity in internal organs, while cold water will do the opposite, stirring up internal activity. Hot showers and baths can help relax tense muscles and anxiety. The weightlessness experienced in a bath or pool relieves the body from the constant pull of gravity. Other positive impacts of hydrotherapy include stimulation of nerve reflexes and calming of endocrine system. Methods of hydrotherapy include baths, showers, steam inhalation, hot or cold compresses, foot baths, and body wraps.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) vs. Naturopathy

What they have in common
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Naturopathy have similar ethics, including do no harm, recognize and promote the body’s natural self-healing powers, focus on the illness not just the symptoms, educate patients, treat the whole person, and promote preventative medicine.

What makes them different
TCM and naturopathy view the human body differently. For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has had its own unique philosophy as to how the body works, different than any other system. Naturopathy does not hold to all of the teachings of TCM, but incorporates parts of it including herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage. Because the naturopathic approach is a broad mix of methods, it includes studying some Chinese medicine but embraces several other approaches as well.