In Sickness and In Health.

It doesn’t just apply to weddings.


Thriving Force Natural Medicine proudly operates two health care divisions depending on who you are and what you need.

We Specialize In Helping People With:

Digestive Problems

We help people with IBS, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas find the right foods and supportive therapies to resolve their digestive problems and create a solid foundation of health through proper nutrition and digestive function.


We help people with exhaustion, low energy, waking up tired after a long night's sleep, and depending on caffeine to power through energy slumps maximize their energy and support a healthy stress response.

Thyroid Conditions

We help people with fatigue, difficulty losing weight or unexplained weight loss, depression, anxiety, constipation, palpitations, and hair loss find effective ways to control and reverse thyroid disorders. 

Autoimmune Disease

We help people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Graves' Disease, Celiac Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Lupus, and other autoimmune diseases rebalance their immune function and reclaim their health.

Mood Disorders & Mental Health

We help people with depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorder feel like themselves again without having to use antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications.


Dr. Sara DeFrancesco is a Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist in Portland, OR offering Functional Medicine.

Specializing in health and wellness optimization for healthy to moderately healthy individuals who want to maximize their potential and drastically improve their energy levels, mental acuity, athletic performance, emotional balance, immune system, metabolic function, stress response and more.

This may be for you if:  You see things at 3AM that most people don’t (because, ahem, your insomnia actually has you up at that hour), you blew past stressed to the max years ago, you can’t tell if you’re depressed or anxious or just losing it altogether, your friends actually have inside jokes about how bad your memory has become, your mood changes more often than bad reality TV, your libido seems to have taken a (very long) sabbatical, you’ve got a cold every five minutes, when someone says “yo yo” you know they’re talking about your weight, and you’ve caught yourself mumbling into the mirror that you just want your old body back. Ditto mind. Ditto emotional state. (One where sporadic crying bursts only happened when you watched The Titanic.) 

Or, you just want to get really, really good at being alive.


Dr. Sara DeFrancesco is a Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist in Portland, OR offering Functional Medicine.

Specializing in advanced medical treatment and care for individuals who suspect a medical condition, or who have been previously diagnosed with a chronic illness.

This may be for you if:  Relief doesn’t seem to be coming, you’re frustrated by a lack of traction, you’re not impressed with your options, you feel like there must be a better way, and instead of waiting around for an appointment scheduled three months from now that is unlikely to yield better results you're ready take your health into your own hands.


  • Acupuncture
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Classical Chinese Medicine
  • Detoxification Programs
  • Functional Lab Testing
  • Functional Medicine
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Hormone Balancing
  • Genomic Counseling
  • Gluten Sensitivity Testing
  • Individualized Nutrition & Supplementation
  • Japanese Acupuncture
  • Musculoskeletal Alignment
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Primal & Paleo Friendly Healthcare
  • Root Cause Resolution Healthcare
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • 23andMe Interpretation
  • 5 Element Acupuncture


  • Adrenal Dysfunction
  • Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Celiac Disease & Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
  • Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 
  • Hypertension, Hypotension (high or low blood pressure)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Graves' Disease
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome/Intestinal Permeability
  • MTHFR & Other Genomic Polymorphisms
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Psoriasis
  • Pyroluria
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • And more

In addition: By enhancing the immune system instead of suppressing it, we’re also able to treat things like the common cold, strep throat, pneumonia and other acute illnesses.

The common thread between both divisions, and whatever you may be experiencing right now, is that you don’t lack the willpower to heal yourself.

You simply lack the knowledge, the support, the know-how and the expertise.

And that’s exactly what we’re here to provide. (Comforting shoulder gladly included.)