The Alchemy Lab

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.

The Herban Alchemist is happy to be offering Thermography exams at the office for Breast Cancer prevention and for detection of inflammation that may lead to chronic diseases. We will be able to customize a nutritional and lifestyle program for you based on the Thermography results.

Please call the office to schedule your session: 212-925-8772

Or Ask Dr. Francis if Thermography may be a good option for you on your next visit.

Thermography FAQ


Thermography is a radiation-free state- of –the-art screening procedure that uses heat detection to locate areas of temperature differences in the body.

Most pathological processes demonstrate a form of increased heat, and some neurological processes show excessive cold, or hypothermia.

Breast disease can be detected by looking at areas of excessive heat that may indicate areas of angiogenesis, or increase of blood vessels supplied by a growing tumor.


Thermography has been used for breast cancer detection since 1954. It was cleared by the FDA in 1982 as an adjunctive procedure for breast cancer screening.

There are over 800 published studies in peer-reviewed journals about thermography of the breast alone. Most of these articles show the success rate of breast thermography greater than 90%.

A 2008 study at the Department of Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital–Cornell, New York, NY, published in the American Journey of Surgery, identifying 58 of 60

malignancies, with 97% sensitivity. The conclusion was Digital Thermal Imaging is a valuable adjunct to mammography and ultrasound, especially in women with dense breast.


A critical difference between thermography and mammography is the ability to detect problems early enough to use preventive measures, rather than detecting disease at a stage where treatment is imminently required.

With the recent mainstream medical opinion finally talking about the adverse health consequences of mammography, this non-invasive method of detecting cancer and other pathogenic conditions is more important than ever. It is safe, environmentally green, radiation -free and safe for pregnant or nursing mothers, young dense breasts, fibrocystic breasts and implants.

Thermography can reduce the number of false positives and over treatment of breast cancer by demonstrating whether a tumor is metabolically active when combined with anatomical testing.

Thermograpghy can be used for general breast health assessment. As toxins and excessive hormones create increased heat patterns in the breast, monitoring these heat patterns is an excellent way to promote wellness and see the response to various health approaches and treatments.


Thermography is a safe adjunctive screening method helpful in the diagnosis and documentation of other diseases.

Thermography can screen for thyroid abnormalities, lymphatic congestion, nervous system disorders, abdominal inflammation, vascular system analysis, and neuromuscular disorders and over all systemic inflammation.

Two major studies (1,2) have recently shown that mammograms, long thought to save lives, actually have done little to reduce late stage cancers, and that up to one-half of all “early” diagnoses have not saved a life, but has led to over diagnosis, and therefore overtreatent. One study also concluded that there has been no decrease in metastatic cancers.

1. The New England Journal of Medicine, Effect of three decades of screening on breast cancer incidence, Archie Bleyer, MD and Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH

2. BMJ; February 2014; Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study: randomized screening trial Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study: randomized screening trial.