The Scoop: Dr. Christiane Northrup is a board-certified OB/GYN and women’s health expert with more than 30 years of clinical experience. She has authored books that empower women to find the joy within their bodies and take holistic steps to improve their quality of life. Throughout her career, Dr. Northrup has focused on treating the person, not the symptom, and championed natural wellness solutions that have proven effective.
Dr. Christiane Northrup started her journey in the medical field over 40 years ago, and she has accumulated a lot of wisdom as a women’s health professional. In addition to her work as a board-certified OB/GYN, she has written several bestselling books about health, aging, relationships, and womanhood from a holistic perspective.
As an accomplished wellness speaker and author, Dr. Northrup advises women to listen to their bodies and embrace natural remedies. She has appeared as a guest expert on many television shows, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “20/20,” and “The Dr. Oz Show.”
In 2013, Reader’s Digest named Dr. Northrup one of the 100 Most Trusted People in America. In 2016, she was named among Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, which recognizes leaders in spiritual awakening. Dr. Northrup has also been named to the Watkins “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People” in 2020 and 2021.
Dr. Northrup has given older women the tools for rejuvenation through her company Amata Life. Amata is a Thai word that means ageless or eternal. The online store provides beauty and health products with all-natural ingredients. Its products address a wide range of issues, including menopause, fatigue, and vaginal dryness.
Over 500,000 people follow Dr. Northrup on Facebook, and another 150,000 people follow her Instagram account. These social media platforms help Dr. Northrup speak directly to women in need of guidance, advice, or inspiration. By posting regularly, she fosters a dialogue about what truly matters in the world of health.
“You have to understand that your body can teach you things and you’re not a victim of it,” Dr. Northrup said. “Your body isn’t betraying you. Women are not born to suffer.”
How Natural Remedies Can Unify the Body, Mind & Spirit
When you go to a traditional doctor, the first question may be something like “what’s hurting?” or “where is the issue?” The focus is on symptoms, not overall health, so the prescribed solutions fail to treat the root cause.
“The standard in medicine now is if you have a symptom, you get a drug to quell the symptom,” Dr. Northrup said. “But a headache is not an aspirin deficiency.”
Dr. Northrup endorses holistic healthcare, which assesses a person’s diet, mood, and lifestyle and offers more comprehensive and natural remedies. The centerpiece isn’t the pain but the person. Many women have wanted to find a holistic healthcare professional to reduce their dependence on pharmaceutical drugs and discover all-natural ways to support long-lasting health.
Dr. Northrup has received international acclaim by advocating for holistic approaches to women’s health. She has written extensively about ways to unify the mind, body, and spirit.
“I had to invent a language of women’s health, rather than women’s illness,” Dr. Northrup said. “I wanted to change the paradigm of medicine, look at the history and the science of the female body, and provide context for the sociopolitical structure we grew up in.”
The fifth edition of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” was published in May 2020 to provide a well-rounded look at how a woman’s lived experience with her body can influence her mental and physical health.
“Mother-Daughter Wisdom” taps into the sacred relationship that begins at birth and shapes a woman’s entire being. The book discusses the ways mothers can lay the foundation for strong self-esteem, healthy dating relationships, financial independence, and overall health and happiness.
Dr. Northrup has created an informational library touching on everything from a woman’s first period to her journey in menopause. Her self-help books and audiobooks can make a wonderfully thoughtful gift to celebrate birthdays, graduations, dating anniversaries, wedding showers, and other milestones in a woman’s life.
Celebrating Womanhood with Inspiration
Over the years, Dr. Northrup has helped women tackle different stages of life with grace and vivaciousness. Her audience ranges from young women coming into their sexuality for the first time all the way to wise seniors finding joy in their maturity.
Dr. Northrup has a free, biweekly e-newsletter where she shares wellness information and studies, recommends inspirational resources, and even provides dating and relationship advice. Following the newsletter is a good way to keep up with new events and offerings in this space.
Dr Northrup also holds regular Facebook Live sessions as a way of connecting with her followers and lifting people’s spirits during difficult times. Her followers leave comments of adoration; “I love listening to you. There are so many things to learn,” said a woman in a Facebook comment. “Love your truth and your ability to share your knowledge.”
Dr. Northrup said she has been encouraged by seeing so many women come together on the journey to holistic living. These lessons and rituals have created a framework for mothers and daughters, sisters and friends, to unite through their shared womanhood.
“It’s a cultural shift that has created a whole community,” she told us. “I’ve seen ideas put forward in the 1990s now bearing fruit in the 2020s. All it took was two generations for it to really sink in.”
By passing lessons and rituals on to her daughters and their daughters, Dr. Northrup has built a movement toward holistic living that will continue to inspire women from all walks of life.
Beware of Energy Vampires & Toxic Relationships
As a holistic practitioner, Dr. Northrup has delved into the ways that emotions, moods, and personal relationships can impact health. She urges women to look to their dating lives and relationships to find the roots of some unhealthy behaviors and damaging influences.
“Dodging Energy Vampires” outlines strategies for recognizing a sociopath or narcissistic personality type and avoiding toxic relationships. The book explains how kind-hearted women can be vulnerable to manipulation by romantic partners with bad intentions or selfish motives. These relationships can cause an emotional, physical, and financial drain that weakens an empathic healer.
“Energy vampires feed on your money, attention, and goodwill,” Dr. Northrup told us. “Once you know how to identify them, you can stop pouring your energy into them. Stop giving to people who take and take and take.”
The dating world can be a daunting place, even without the added socio-political pressures rife in today’s American society. Dr. Northrup encourages women to keep a clear head and heart when searching for like-minded partners. She maintains that the strongest relationships occur when couples are on the same wavelength in life.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, dating and married couples have faced unprecedented challenges in their work, family, health, and home life. Dr. Northrup told us the highly emotional and polarizing situation has created a make-it or break-it atmosphere where some have thrived and others have split.
“It has made couples realize if they’re in the same vibratory sphere. There is no middle ground anymore,” she said. “If something is solid, it’s going to be ultra solid. If not, it’s going to fall apart.”
Christiane Northrup Informs & Inspires a New Generation
Dr. Christiane Northrup has been a pioneer in holistic medicine for decades, and she has seen women flourish by embracing their inner goddess. Whether they’re entering the dating world or entering menopause, women can rely on Dr. Northrup to provide resources that bolster their confidence, beauty, and sexual satisfaction.
Through her website, Dr. Northrup leads women toward a healthier and happier lifestyle. The healthstore offers natural ways to rejuvenate the body, and the bookstore provides mindful resources that educate people about natural wellness alternatives.
“I was always trying to figure out what is the wisdom behind a symptom and where is the body leading you,” Dr. Northrup said. “By standing in my truth — and supporting it with data — I’ve been able to help a lot of people.”
Cover photo by Bill Miles.