Digestive Health

Naturopathic Gastroenterology

Naturopathic medicine can effectively relieve digestion-related symptoms, while also helping get to the root cause of those symptoms.

How Does Naturopathic Medicine Address Digestive Health?

Naturopathic medicine uses the philosophy of the therapeutic order to ensure that  you are getting the most effective, least invasive, and safest treatments possible. The therapeutic order matches the aggressiveness of treatment to the severity of the disease. Sometimes this means starting with nutritional recommendations and natural supplements, but it also means using pharmaceutical prescriptions or referring you to specialists when you need them.

If you already have a primary care physician or gastroenterologist, Dr. Burke will work with your other providers as an integrative team to ensure that you get the best possible care.

Integrative Treatments for IBS, IBD, GERD, and more

Dr. Cori Burke practices truly integrative medicine. She will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to not only relieve your symptoms, but also to support your body to heal.

Dr. Burke strongly believes in a mind-body connection. For many people, stress has a HUGE negative impact on the body. The treatments Dr. Burke recommends are holistic, addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of health.

Dr. Burke treats many common digestive disorders, including:

What is a Functional Medicine Approach to Digestive Disorders?

If you’re looking for a holistic approach to digestive health, you’ve come to the right place.

Instead of just suppressing symptoms with medication, Dr. Burke uses functional medicine to evaluate and treat the root cause of disease in order to have a lasting impact on your health.

Digestive disorders like IBS and IBD often have a trigger or aggravating factors. Many people have food sensitivities, inflammation, dysbiosis (i.e. bacterial or yeast overgrowth in the gut), and chronic stress that are contributing to their health conditions and making them feel sick.

integrative-digestive-medicineFunctional medicine also means that, in addition to being able to diagnose and treat frank disease, Dr. Burke believes it’s important to understand how well your digestive system is functioning. Optimizing your digestive health can have a positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing and can prevent disease from occurring in the future.

Comprehensive Testing for Digestive Health

Dr. Burke offers a variety of testing for digestive health issues including specific tests for:

  • Food Sensitivities and Allergies
  • Celiac Disease
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Candida (yeast) Overgrowth
  • Intestinal Parasites 
  • Functional markers of digestive health including: stool pH, inflammatory markers, and digestive enzyme output

After taking a thorough health history and reviewing your past medical records, Dr. Burke can discuss what testing options are most appropriate for you.

Why Care about Digestive Health?

Digestive health is the foundation of true wellness. Our digestive system is where we absorb nutrients from our food, but it also plays an important role in our immune and nervous systems. When things go wrong in the digestive system it can cause nutrient deficiencies and inflammation, which has negative effects on mood, energy, autoimmune diseases, and skin issues. Getting to the heart of digestive issues can significantly improve your overall health.