By encompassing healing treatments not used by western allopathic medicine, but common in many cultures, alternative medicine enables practitioners and patients to create healing. Acupuncture, botanical medicine, supplements, and energy medicine are part of alternative medicine, and these methods are often combined with western approaches to provide integrative medical care.
Andropause is the male equivalent of menopause. For men, the primary sex hormone is testosterone, and its decline usually happens gradually over a period of years. Symptoms include fatigue, lack of interest or motivation, loss of libido, changes in erections and more. Sex hormone balance can be reestablished for most men with bio-identical testosterone, which has been shown in numerous studies to be beneficial and low risk
Bio-identical Hormones & Replacement Therapy
Bio-identical hormones are substances that are identical to the hormones produced naturally by the body. These substances can replace estradiol, estriol, progesterone, and testosterone when our bodies cannot generate sufficient quantities of these essential hormones. Multiple studies demonstrate that the positive effects and low risk of appropriately used bio-identical hormones can create or maintain hormonal balance throughout the life cycle. Bio-identical hormones are different from the widely used synthetic hormones which were shown to present specific health risks in the Women’s Health Initiative Study of 2001. Multiple studies over the past several years have demonstrated positive health benefits from the appropriate use of bio-identical hormones.
Clinical nutrition is fundamental to treat or prevent any health concern. Food creates the building blocks for every bodily function. Each nutrient we absorb has an important biological role, and too much or too little of these nutrients contributes to various health conditions. Clinical nutrition uses nutrients from a nutrition- or disease-specific diet, which often includes supplements to prevent and treat a multitude of health concerns.
Detoxification is a broad topic, and includes any therapy that helps eliminate toxins, including heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, waste products from digestion and other types of toxins. Therapies can include anything from nutritional support, specific herbal and vitamins, to saunas, occasional colonics, to homeopathics among many other types of treatments.
Frequency- Specific Microcurrent (FSM)
This new refinement of microcurrent technology – tiny “doses” of electrical energy – uses very specific frequencies of energy applied to the body in sequence. Correct frequencies are determined by direct observation of how the body responds to them. This device offers great promise in working with tissues unresponsive to conventional efforts such as nerve pain, damage or injury, scar tissue, adhesions, and the ability to facilitate healing of acute and chronic injuries. Treatments can be provided at GMA, and home units for daily use are also available.
Functional medicine is one of the names for the new paradigm of medical care to diagnose and treat imbalances before they become disease. Functional medicine practitioners use nutrition, probiotics, botanical medicine and other modalities to bring the body back into balance, often eliminating the need for pharmaceuticals that may cover up a problem.
Healing touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy. This gentle touch can balance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Working with your energy fields, healing touch supports your natural ability to heal. It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care. Healing Touch is useful in reducing stress, calming anxiety and depression, decreasing pain, strengthening the immune system, enhancing recovery from surgery, supporting cancer recovery, creating a sense of wellbeing, and others. See www.HealingTouchInternational.org
A dynamic approach to health, healing, and prevention that combines modern medicine with established alternative medical practices from around the world. Practitioners have training and interest in conventional Western medicine, alternative, and complementary therapies. They bring a variety of techniques to their practices for the patient’s maximum benefit, including nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, massage, acupuncture, energy work, and more.
Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy
Many vitamins and minerals absorb slowly or incompletely when taken orally, especially in patients with gastro-intestinal or digestive challenges. Even in people with good digestion, vitamins and minerals given intravenously can provide nutrients more effectively and efficiently than oral nutrition. Vitamin C, all of the B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, trace minerals, glutathione and many others can be more accessible to the body via intravenous delivery. IV nutrients are often beneficial for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart failure, detoxification, asthma and many other problems.
Leaky Gut Syndrome: Dysbiosis
The overgrowth of several bacteria and the yeasts, candida, – referred to as dysbiosis – can lead to other medical problems, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The inflamed bowel can cause “leaky” intestines by allowing protein molecules that should stay in the gut to get into the body’s circulation. The immune system may develop antibodies to these proteins, and food allergies may result. Dysbiosis is readily and precisely evaluated by a simple stool test.
Multiple studies have shown that lifestyle habits have a profound effect on health. We maintain a healthy functioning body through good nutrition, selected nutritional supplementation, appropriate exercise, and effective management of stress. We offer counseling services to create personalized healthy lifestyle practices, helping you stay well now and into the future. FirstLine Therapy, a comprehensive research based lifestyle therapy program, is offered in our office.
As progesterone, estradiol, and testosterone levels of women begin to decline at mid-life, women may develop insomnia, hot flashes, fatigue, loss of libido, and other symptoms. Reduced sex hormone levels can also result in the imbalance of other body systems. Fortunately, we can reestablish this delicate balance to control symptoms and to prevent long term illnesses by addressing issues of sex hormones, adrenal support, thyroid balance, glucose metabolism, and lifestyle practices.
Natural Hormones or Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural hormones are hormone substances produced from yams and soy. To make these substances usable by our bodies, part of their molecular structure is removed in the laboratory: they become identical to the molecular structure of the hormones produced by our bodies; that is, bio-identical hormones. See Bio-identical Hormones.
A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced education and additional clinical training enabling them to effectively diagnose and manage most common and many chronic illnesses, independently or as part of a health care team. They take medical histories, provide physical exams, order laboratory and diagnostic testing, perform procedures, and provide and order treatments, including medication prescribing. Of particular benefit to patients are the personalized care, education and explanation of diagnoses and health care options that these professionals are typically known for providing.
NPs focus on a variety of health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling, and patient education approaches. Over the past 40 years, nurse practitioners have given care to hundreds of thousands of patients. They are recognized by most insurance companies for re-imbursement purposes and in California, nurse practitioners practice with a collaborative physician.