Dr Gabrielle Francis

The Herban Alchemist

Dr. Gabrielle Francis has been practicing natural medicine for more than thirty years. She is a Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and Licensed Massage therapist. Dr. Francis currently practices in New York City as The Herban Alchemist. She also operates Backstage Alternative, which is her natural medicine road show that provides chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies to performing artists on tour.

As a holistic physician, Dr. Francis believes in the healing powers of nature. She follows the principles of naturopathic medicine, holistic and functional medicine, chiropractic, and traditional Chinese medicine, all of which place emphasis on treating the individual and preventing cause of disease, not merely treating symptoms. By restricting the size of her practice, she is able to devote more time to the customized treatment and long-term education about health maintenance to each individual patient. Her medical approach is perhaps best summed up by Sir William Osler who said, “It is better to know the patient that has the disease than the disease a patient has.”

In her practice, Dr. Francis adheres to the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine, which include:

  • The healing power of nature
  • Identify and treat the causes
  • First do no harm
  • Doctor as Teacher
  • Treat the whole person
  • Prevention

Education

Dr. Francis earned her doctorate in Chiropractic medicine at National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, IL. She received her degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She completed a clinical residency for Acupuncture, Chinese Massage and Chinese Herbal Medicine at Chengdu Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She did a residency through Bastyr University at Biomedical Center Cancer Facility in Mexico where she learned the utilization of alternative medicines for cancer treatment. She received a certification in drug and alcohol detoxification using acupuncture at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY.

Dr. Francis has postgraduate studies and degrees in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Functional Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Fertility Enhancement, Mind-Body Medicine, and Neurotransmitter and Endocrine Support.

Following her 17 years of formal medical education, Dr. Francis travelled extensively to various parts of the world to study ethnobotany and various therapies in countries such as China (acupuncture and Chinese medicine), India (Ayurvedic medicine), Thailand (Thai massage), Bali, Brazil, Morocco, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, Belize, Mexico, Egypt, and Mali. Most recently, Dr. Francis joined a team of researchers in Cuba to study the acclaimed Cuban health care system. The knowledge and experience she acquired on her travels is reflected in her unique perspective on medicine and healing.

Dr. Francis is the author of The Rx Star Remedy: A rock ‘n’ roll doctor’s prescription for living a long, healthy life. As a holistic doctor to many of the music world’s elite, she has helped some of the biggest names in rock look and feel great, despite an exhausting lifestyle that both demands discipline and welcomes indulgence. In her ground breaking book, she uses the platform of rock ‘n’ roll to carry the torch, showing music fans and party lovers around the world that it is possible to maintain a high-octane enjoyable lifestyle—and be healthy too.

Philosophy

The Herban Alchemist: Drawing from the ancient wisdom of natural medicine to balance the desires and challenges of modern day indulgences.

The Herban Alchemist says “yes” to both modern lifestyles and the knowledge and wisdom of the ancient and traditional cultures. It is the art and science of blending both worlds to create a life that is solid gold. Our modern “herban” lifestyle can be fast-paced, demanding, indulgent, and extremely out of balance. We need to get back to our roots, in order to experience the alchemy that changes our poor lifestyle habits to positive ones that work for us long term. So how do we integrate the traditions of natural medicine to transform a hectic, modern lifestyle into one that is rewarding and healthy? The alchemy of that transformation is Dr. Gabrielle Francis’s secret to helping her patients achieve a level of health and well being that allows them to more fully express joy and fulfilment in their lives.

Dr. Gabrielle offers a health system that is personalized and can be easily integrated into any hectic lifestyle. She will teach you how to give your body and brain the right messages and empower you with the knowledge necessary to make healthy choices that can be maintained for the long term. Her approach extends beyond physical health and encourages patients to experiment with different tools to enhance the mind and spirit to achieve total wellness. The pay off is more energy, stamina, focus and a positive attitude to meet life’s challenges, despite the temptations that may have previously led to sabotage.

Empower Through Education

Dr. Francis offers books, videos and online education focused on finding the root cause of disease or imbalance, rather than a Band-Aid approach of symptomatic relief. She offers easy tricks to incorporate into everyday life, to help you transform your health in mind, body and spirit. She delivers her message in a fun, easy and approachable style … and without judgment. You are never expected to be perfect; just try your best and acknowledge every positive step that you make. She educates about health and holistic medicine in a realistic and entertaining way. Dr. Francis sees the path to wellness as a journey and not a destination. She wants to see you achieve all your health goals and have a great time along the way. She makes learning about wellness a surprisingly interesting and enjoyable process.

Dr. Gabrielle fundamentally believes that life is meant to be a celebration and an adventure. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice the joy in life in order to be healthy. It is quite the contrary; when you feel healthy and energetic, you will love your life so much more!

“Through the various treatments available in natural medicine, I offer you a prescription for health and longevity. My goal is to give you the tools to empower you to achieve total health by enhancing every aspect of your world, without losing the elements of celebration and fun. I strongly believe that by enriching your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health, you can live a life that is pure gold.” Dr. Gabrielle Francis

Our Values

  • confidenceOur remedies instil confidence, as they are natural, easy and safe to use. The remedies are based on traditional wisdom and proven by modern science.
  • celebrate + createWe help you to create a unique health plan that allows for celebration, pleasure and fun. Getting healthy is an adventure!
  • empowerWe will help to empower you through education and information so that you can advocate for your own health and personalize an approach to health that allows you to succeed.
  • balance + compassionBalance is the key to maintaining health. Our non-judgmental and compassionate approach allows you to change the quality of your life without changing your lifestyle.
  • expression + communicationHealth is an expression of the information that you give your body. We help you to obtain optimal health by improving the information you communicate to your body through diet, supplements, lifestyle, thoughts, words, beliefs, relationships and so much more.
  • knowledge + visionWe inspire with knowledge for personal healing that is visionary and intuitive because it is based on ancient wisdom and traditions.
  • transformation + integrationAlchemy is the transformation that comes from the integration of the body, mind and spirit.
    Join us on the adventure… as it leads you to a life that is Solid Gold!