Digestive Issues

 

Are you struggling to deal with with heart burn, constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating? Or maybe you have been managing these issues for a while and have recently been diagnosed with IBS or a condition like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis? I see lots of digestive conditions every day in practice, new and old, and put on my detective cap every time to try and figure out what could be going on. Whether the situation is due to an imbalance of gut bacteria or a food sensitivity, there are lots of natural treatments patients can try, and we will start with what we decide is best for you!

Dietary Counselling

What you are eating on a daily basis has a direct effect on the function and level of inflammation in your digestive system. I find that often times, adjusting a patient's intake of processed foods or tracking symptoms to see if they correspond with certain foods can help solve the mystery when it comes to triggers. Sometimes the answer is not so clear, and I may recommend a special diet that can help calm down symptoms. Food sensitivity testing (IgG testing) is also discussed and offered when appropriate. 

Supplement
Support

From treating heart burn with herbs to nourishing the gut with a healthy dose of the probiotics, the right supplements can be helpful when used strategically. Figuring out what you need is where I come in - many of my patients bring a BAG of supplements to their first visit, some of which might be right for them and of high quality but some of the time many products are neither. Dose, extract, strength and available research are all important factors I look for when selecting the right supplement for any given patient. 

Stress
 Management

Ever had butterflies in your tummy? If you answered yes, you likely realize that your brain can have a big impact on our gut. This connection is through our nervous system and our body's response to stress, which can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. Chronic stress can also lead to an increase in inflammation, which can worsen conditions like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Personalized stress management techniques are identified to help you manage your stress in healthy ways!

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture is a tool that comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system that can address almost any medical concern. According to TCM, digestive concerns are often related to excess heat in the system, or dampness that can be associated with bloating, gas and diarrhea. Acupuncture can be used to address these symptoms by resolving the underlying imbalance in the body. I have seen results in management of conditions like Crohn's disease and IBS using this treatment, and suggest a series of 4 treatments to see if this therapy can help you. 

 

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