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. In addition, stress, medications, and the food we eat can all negatively impact digestive functioning and result in digestive issues. 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.
Our Naturopathic Approach
Many digestive issues are considered ‘functional issues’ which means that all laboratory testing and imaging appear normal, however symptoms are still experienced. 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 effect one another, the truth is, the doctor may have not ordered the right tests, and when you are not testing for the right thing, it is unlikely you will find it.
At Onyx, we offer a number of specialized laboratory tests to analyze your digestive functioning.
Digestive Health Therapies
At Onyx, we believe that a doctor is a teacher. 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. 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. Each treatment plan is unique, to address each person’s individualized needs. The Naturopathic Doctors are trained in and utilized a number of 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