Digestive Health

Digestive Health is the Foundation of True Wellness

integrative-digestive-medicineOur 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 in the body, which may then negatively affect mood, energy, autoimmune conditions, and skin issues. Getting to the heart of digestive issues can significantly improve your overall health.

What is a Functional Medicine Approach to Digestive Disorders?

If you’re looking for an integrative and holistic approach to digestive health, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Cori Burke uses a functional medicine approach to digestive disorders, which means that in addition to diagnosing disease, she will also evaluate your overall health and how well your body is functioning. The treatments she recommends are intended not only to effectively relieve your symptoms, but also to help you to achieve true wellness.

How Can Naturopathic Medicine Improve Digestive Health?

functional-medicine-doctor-hillsboroThere are many common digestive health conditions that can be successfully treated with naturopathic medicine, including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), heartburn and indigestion, Celiac disease, chronic constipation, and food allergies/sensitivities.

Rather than simply suppressing your symptoms with a medication, naturopathic medicine seeks to find and treat the underlying causes of disease. Many people have food sensitivities, dysbiosis (bacterial or yeast overgrowth in the gut), or chronic stress that are worsening their overall health and making them feel sick. By evaluating and treating the root cause of your health imbalances, Dr. Burke can help get you back to feeling your best.

Comprehensive Testing for Digestive Health

Dr. Burke offers a variety of testing for digestive health issues including specific tests for bacterial and yeast overgrowth, food sensitivities and allergies, Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and parasite infections. After taking a thorough health history and reviewing your past medical records, Dr. Burke can discuss what testing options are most appropriate for you.

Integrative Medicine is Medicine at its Best

Dr. Burke practices truly integrative medicine, and 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. 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 if your health condition warrants it.

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.