Stomach and Intestinal Problems
Many people suffer from chronic stomach and intestinal problems. Often, however, the long-term use of medications that are typically prescribed for these conditions can have negative side effects. And most of the time, these medications treat the symptoms, but not the root of the illness. We want to partner with you to find the cause of your condition, if possible, and to minimize the effects of drugs that may be harmful to your body over time. When patients come to our practice with stomach and intestinal problems, we spend time gathering in-depth information about their current and past health. We try to find the underlying cause and use the least toxic medications, treatments or supplements to cure or improve your condition.
When it comes to treating thyroid disorders, we do not use a one-size-fits-all approach—we work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. We listen carefully as you describe your symptoms and administer laboratory tests when necessary. We also investigate potential intestinal problems or food sensitivities that may be affecting the thyroid.
Did you know that the ancient art of acupuncture can be an effective treatment against infertility? A study published in the April 2002 edition of Fertility and Sterility, found that women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) had a higher chance of becoming pregnant when being treated with acupuncture.
Our physicians, who are accredited and certified to perform the procedure, offer acupuncture treatments in collaboration with many of the area’s leading infertility specialists to enhance the effects of their treatments. Additionally, we can work with your partner to determine if treating him with acupuncture or supplements may help increase your chances of conception.
Our options include:
- Acupuncture only in conjunction with treatments from your infertility specialist
- Acupuncture and herbs with treatment from your infertility specialist
- Acupuncture and herbs only without additional treatments
If you suffer from osteoporosis and have been reluctant to go on medication with many side effects you may be interested in an integrative approach to bone loss. We look at your risk factors and try to modify them. The risk factors can include family history, diet and medications.
There is special testing we can do to find out if you are losing bone too quickly. We work with you on getting to the root of why your bones may be thin and what you can do to reverse that trend by working with the body to heal the imbalance that caused the problem in the first place.
Whether you suffer from migraine, tension or cluster headaches, we can help you prevent and treat them with our integrative approach. Instead of treating your symptoms, we look at the cause of your headache. Our experience in this area can help us quickly get to the root cause and work to cure that or modify it.
No two headache suffers are alike and we can look at food sensitivities, musculoskeletal imbalances and other causes of headache. This will help us determine an effective treatment and prevention program based on the cause of your headache. We may use herbal, acupuncture, manipulation, and other nonconventional treatments as well as the latest medical treatments for headaches.
Fatigue can have many causes. An integrative approach to your problem looks far beyond what conventional doctors are trained to do. We do far more extensive testing of thyroid and adrenal as well as dig deeper into the root causes of your fatigue. We understand there can be many causes for fatigue in one patient and we work to balance all the systems. Treatments range from dietary changes to IV therapies.
Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman so it is important that each patient get an individualized approach to their care. The causes go beyond just female hormones and Dr. Jeanne Shiffman, our certified menopause expert, gives patients that individual evaluation and treatment. We look at your entire lifestyle as well as hormonal changes that occur at this point in a patient’s life. These include but are not limited to changes in adrenal and thyroid hormones. We also use herbal, homeopathic and acupuncture treatments for this condition.
This common problem is often treated with medications with many side effects. We are experienced in multiple other treatments that we individualize to you. These may include herbs, dietary changes and acupuncture. We also do specialized testing to look at how your gut is functioning and to see what is causing the heartburn.
We offer many scientifically proven methods to reduce or eliminate your need for medications and get to the root of your problem for a long lasting cure. This may include vitamin and neurotransmitter testing, stress management, or lifestyle changes. We have also helped many patients with acupuncture and biofeedback.
We can help you stop or decrease your medications for these conditions. Our integrative medicine approach to this can help patients feel better, breath easier and decrease chronic medication use. We individualize your treatment which can include herbs, exercises, dietary changes, acupuncture or IV therapies.
Diabetes leads to many other problems including heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Medications treat the symptoms but do not get to the root of the problem. Our goal is to use integrative treatments ranging from supplements and diet changes to help resolve your blood sugar imbalance. We also can do testing to see if you have pre-diabetes sooner than conventional testing.
An integrative medicine approach including osteopathic manipulation and/or acupuncture can help relieve pain. We use modern acupuncture techniques developed in the United States by pain doctors to alleviate the pain. There are also many herbal treatments that do not have the side effects of conventional pain medications.
We take a more in depth at the types of cholesterol you have and determine if you really need to be treated. If you do need treatment, we have programs and supplement treatments to help avoid medications and reduce side effects when medications are needed.
Our integrative approach to irritable bowel “gets to the bottom” of why you are having problems, rather than just giving you medications for your symptoms. We offer testing for delayed food sensitivities as well as testing to look for imbalances in your digestive tract including the small and large intestine.
Our integrative approach includes looking at hormonal imbalances and we offer nutritional services to help you find the best program to work for you. Our integrative nutritionists are on hand to help you work out a healthy plan that works with your busy lifestyle.
These include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. We look at underlying causes of stimulation of the immune system. We use diet changes, acupuncture and herbs to decrease your need for powerful medications and their side effects.
Attention Deficient Disorder
We offer testing and different programs to give you options besides medications with many side effects. Our goal is to get to the root imbalance causing the problem. This may include specialized testing such as neurotransmitter testing.
Do you want to keep your brain healthy? We look at to see what supplements and diet changes may be helpful to you. This is where our integrative medicine approach can help you.