Digestive Disorders Treatment
The digestive process begins as soon as you think about or smell food and requires a coordinated dance between several organs and tissues. Next, digestion involves breaking down food into tiny molecules and absorbing those particles into our bloodstream. In addition, 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). Furthermore, digestive disorders are common and often involve changes in the gastrointestinal tract, food choices, as well as include emotions.
There are many places where digestion can break down, resulting in digestive disorders. Also, stress, medications, and the food we eat can all negatively impact digestive functioning and result in digestive issues.
Fortunately, the majority of these diseases can be alleviated by specific herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle changes.
Many digestive issues are considered ‘functional issues’ which means that all laboratory testing and imaging appear normal. However, symptoms do not resolve. Because of this, it is not uncommon for people to be told by their doctor that their digestive symptoms are ‘all in their heads’ or a given a diagnosis of depression or anxiety and then an antidepressant medication. While it is true that our digestive system and our moods affect one another, the truth is, the doctor may not have ordered the right tests, and when you are not testing for the right thing, it is unlikely you will find it.
The conventional approach to digestive disorders usually includes symptom management through medications. For instance, it is common to receive an acid-blocking medication for heartburn. However, the drug does not treat the underlying problem, and in many cases, it isn’t even useful in controlling symptoms. Also, it is not common to discuss how food intolerances, nutritional deficiencies, and emotional links could be contributing to your symptoms.
At Onyx, we offer a number of specialized laboratory tests to analyze your digestive functioning.
At Onyx, we believe that a doctor is a teacher. Therefore, it is our Naturopathic Doctors 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. In addition, therapies are focused on treating you as a whole person using safe and effective methods. Most importantly, it is our mission to empower you to make healthy life choices today and into the future. This means, we look into the causes of your digestive disorder, which includes food choices, food intolerances, emotions, the microflora in your gut, and nutritional deficiencies. In short, each treatment plan is unique to address each person’s individualized needs. The Naturopathic Doctors are trained in and utilized several modalities to alleviate digestive disorders.
Our Approach Includes:
Individualized Diet & Nutritional Counseling
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Targeted Herbal & Nutritional Supplements
Nutritional IV Therapy
Stress Reduction & Mind-Body Therapies
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