Suffering from a mental health disorder is often overwhelming. You can be overcome with loneliness and hopelessness and feel discouraged. Mental health disorders — which include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and substance abuse — are much more common than you may think.
One in four people will suffer from a mental health disorder at some point in his or her life and worldwide, and the United States has the highest prevalence of mental health disorders (WHO). Mental health disorders can severely affect your day-to-day life and prevent you from enjoying things you used to (known as anhedonia), make social situations overwhelming, disrupt your sleep and eating patterns and much more.
Our approach to treating mental health is holistic and integrative. You are treated as a whole person because all areas of your health are connected. We focus on safe and effective therapies to bring all areas of your mind and body back into balance and make you healthier as an entire person.
Yes! Some medications react with herbal supplements which may limit some therapies, however some nutritional and herbal supplements, acupuncture and homeopathy are safe and effective to use.
Because every person is unique, every person will begin healing at a different rate. However, many people begin to feel better within the first month of treatment.
We approach women’s health as any and all health concerns a woman experiences throughout her life — not just conditions related to menstrual cycles and menopause.
Women often have many roles to fill, both at work and at home, and struggle to find the time to commit to their own wellness needs. Chronic stress and burnout are common, putting women at risk for almost every chronic disease there is.
While in conventional medicine, oral contraceptives are the only treatment offered for most female health conditions, this approach rarely fixes the cause — it suppresses it. Our hormonal system is both complex and delicate. Even small imbalances can result in symptoms.
The digestive process begins as soon as you think about or smell food, and requires a coordinated dance between several organs and tissues. Digestion involves breaking down food into tiny molecules and absorbing those particles into our bloodstream. It requires proper functioning of salivary glands, stomach acid, the pancreas, and the gallbladder, as well as healthy intestinal cells and movement through the intestines (peristalsis).
There are many places where digestion can break down, resulting in digestive issues such as heartburn/GERD, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, discomfort, and food allergies. In the United States, 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive disorders (CDC). Fortunately, the majority of these diseases can be alleviated by specific herbal, nutritional and lifestyle changes.
Digestive Health Therapies
At Onyx, we believe that a doctor is a teacher. It is our job to teach you about how your body works, how things can go wrong, and most importantly, to determine the actual causes of your symptoms. Therapies are focused on treating you as a whole person using safe and effective methods. At Onyx it is our mission to empower you to make healthy life choices today and into the future.
About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and as a result, many of these people take prescription and non-prescription painkillers (WHO). Although these medications may dull the pain, they do not fix the problem and come with a whole host of side effects including increased risk of stomach ulcers, intestinal perforation, and addiction.
Living with chronic pain can result in missed days of work, affect your ability to take part in various activities, disrupt sleep, relationships and much more. Although past injuries can cause chronic pain, they’re not the only cause. Other origins include, but are not limited to, osteoporosis, rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, allergies, thyroid issues and other hormone imbalances.
We Treat the Cause of Your Pain
At Onyx Integrative, we perform an in-depth assessment to determine the root cause of your chronic pain. After identifying the factors that are contributing to your chronic pain, we can offer safe, effective and natural therapies to treat the cause of your pain both in office and at home. Frequently used therapies include acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, nutritional supplements, herbal supplements and homeopathy.
Each case is different. Depending on the cause, complexity, and severity of pain, treatment will vary in duration, number and frequency of visits, and treatment modalities. People often feel a difference after 2-3 acupuncture treatments and some after the first visit.
Originating in China, acupuncture has been used effectively for thousands of years. Although there is debate as to how acupuncture works, the consensus is — it works! Theories include the western perspective of Pain Gate Theory, which states that the insertion of needles which results in a shutting off of pain sensory nerves. The Chinese believe that a blockage of Qi (energy flow) in the body results in pain and the insertion of acupuncture needles moves this blocked Qi.
Your immune system is responsible for fighting off bacteria, viruses and even cancer cells. However, certain triggers can cause your immune system to become confused and begin attacking itself, resulting in autoimmune disease.
There is a link between specific environmental, hormonal, food and bacterial triggers when developing particular autoimmune conditions. When these are identified, they can be addressed and lead to an improvement in your symptoms.
Types of Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune diseases tend to run in families and are more common in women. Additionally, if you already have an autoimmune disease, you are at higher risk to develop a second. There are hundreds of autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms can overlap between conditions which can make diagnosis difficult. It is not uncommon for a diagnosis to take several years after seeing numerous doctors; this can be frustrating and leave you feeling hopeless. Conventional treatment usually includes immune suppressors which have multiple side effects however in some cases they are necessary.
Treating Autoimmune Conditions
Including a naturopathic doctor in your health care is very beneficial not only for symptom control but for improving quality of life and overall well-being. At Onyx your appointments will be comprehensive, and you will be evaluated, and treated as a whole person. Treatments will focus on correcting hormonal imbalances, gut flora, and removing other obstacles to support healing.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States (CDC). Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease; it is known as the silent killer because often, there are no symptoms until very advanced. Family history is also a risk for CVD. The majority of other risk factors, however, are modifiable, meaning they respond to diet and lifestyle changes.
Treating and Preventing Cardiovascular Disease
It is never too soon or too late to begin making changes to reduce your risk of CVD. At Onyx Integrative, our focus is to simplify the process, provide accurate information, and work together with you to achieve realistic health goals.
Treatment includes targeted lifestyle changes such and diet, smoking cessation, exercise and stress reduction. Specific nutrient and mineral deficiencies can exacerbate high blood pressure, high cholesterol and therefore increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Specific herbal and nutritional supplements are safe and effective for lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and increasing heart health, naturally.
Yes. Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in pharmacology and are skilled in drug-herb interactions. Some herbs or supplements may not be safe to take with your medications and others are fine to take. In addition, some medications, like statins for cholesterol, can cause nutrient deficiencies which negatively impact heart health. Always consult a doctor before beginning to take a new herbal supplement.
Liver and Kidney Health
The liver and kidneys are two of your organs of elimination. They are pivotal in regulating your body’s level of electrolytes, proteins, and water as well as toxic substances that you ingest or that your body produces naturally through metabolism.
The liver is responsible for various roles in your body from detoxification, to bile production, to breaking down glycogen for blood sugar regulation. The kidneys closely monitor electrolytes in the blood and filter metabolic wastes for excretion. Issues arise when the body lacks the nutrients, enzymes, and coenzymes required to function properly or when infected with viruses or bacteria.
Common kidney disorders include kidney insufficiency/failure, kidney stones, and chronic urinary tract infections. Kidney insufficiency/failure can result from vessels damage to chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) as well as hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) seen in diabetes.
Common liver disorders are fatty liver, hepatitis, and relatedly, gallstones. Fortunately, once the underlying causes are addressed, it is possible to repair both liver and kidney damage and restore their function.
Kidney and Liver Therapies
Naturopathic doctors are experts in herbal and nutritional therapies, both of which, are safe and effective treatments for both liver and kidney conditions. At Onyx, we will assess you as a whole person to identify the underlying factors contributing to your diagnosis. Working as a team, we can achieve your individual health goals as well as help you understand how lifestyle changes can assist the process for healing.
We offer both conventional and specialized laboratory testing to uncover how your body produces, recognizes, and processes hormones. Your hormones are interconnected with your emotional well-being as well as your physical symptoms. Therefore, we take a whole person approach to balancing them with clinically-studied herbs, targeted nutritional therapies, and acupuncture for proven results.