Conditions Treated by Integrative and Naturopathic Medicine

Integrative Healthcare

The naturopathic physicians at Southwest Integrative Medicine in Phoenix welcome you to experience the blend of Western medical practice with Eastern healing traditions. Beginning with a thorough investigation of your medical history, they will provide valuable insights about your health and wellbeing and guide you to a path of optimal wellness.

The following categories are the most common health systems we treat at Southwest Integrative Medicine with brief descriptions of potential treatment options. Click on the "Read more" text in each category to get more details about a specific condition. 

Digestive Disorders

Digestive problems are often overlooked or treated as unimportant. Yet the digestive tract is the foundation of our health as it provides the vitamins and nutrients needed for all the functions of our body. Therefor the most effective treatment for digestive system afflictions is to identify and treat the root cause. Although most medications will temporarily mask the symptoms and improve function, they will do nothing to eliminate the underlying cause.

Using a combination of acupuncture, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, nutraceuticals, medication, and stress management counseling, the naturopathic doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine have successfully treated many digestive disorders including: irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac disease, Gastritis, GERD, Ulcerative Colitis, unknown digestive system problems, and more. 


Cardiovascular Conditions

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death that American’s face. Among the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease are high blood pressure and its close companions, high cholesterol, and obesity. While genetics do play a role in your risk, there are many lifestyle changes that can often reduce or eliminate the need for pharmaceuticals. Sometimes these changes are not as dramatic as you think either.

The integrative approaches to cardiovascular disease at Southwest Integrative Medicine will give you the least risks for problems using the most holistic and naturopathic treatments.  They can successfully treat and manage cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes Mellitus, Metabolic Syndrome, and Peripheral Artery Disease.


Hormonal Conditions

You may not be aware of the dominant role that hormones play in your overall health and wellbeing.  Their influence goes far beyond acne and menopause to include nearly every system in the body. In essence, if your hormones are not in balance, a whole multitude of problems could result. And, if this root cause goes undetected, you could go through unnecessary treatments that will fail to resolve health issues.

Southwest Integrative Medicine uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, acupuncture, herbal, and nutritional therapies to treat many hormonal imbalance issues such as: Menopause, Andropause (male menopause or Low T), Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, PMS, Osteoporosis, Endometriosis, PCOS, and Infertility.


Immune Conditions

Your immune system is the army on the ground that fights off foreign attackers and invaders. When it becomes compromised, the entire body is at risk. Because there are many layers to the immune systems, optimizing the immune system is not as simple as increasing or decreasing the inherent immune functions. We have to focus on the specific layer of the immune system that is under or over functioning.

Southwest Integrative Medicine has had success treating autoimmune conditions and immune deficiency syndromes such as: chronic respiratory infections, COPD, Valley Fever, chronic urinary tract infections, HIV, Shingles, allergies and asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Lupus. 


Metabolic Conditions

When our bodies are unable to properly utilize the food we consume, several obvious and some not so obvious health issues may result. The most common culprit is Diabetes and other forms of insulin resistance. In other cases there is a more generalized inability to get rid of excess fat. Whether your problem comes from a genetic predisposition, from unhealthy eating habits, or some unknown factors, metabolic conditions can be improved or resolved using approaches from integrative medicine. This may include nutritional therapies, weight loss coaching, hormonal therapies, and neutracuticals.

Some of the specific conditions Southwest Integrative Medicine treats with nutritional and hormonal therapies are: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 


Pain Management

Integrative Medicine is extremely effective for reducing inflammation and eliminating pain, in both acute or chronic cases. With acute pain there is usually a known cause like an injury and treatment options are therefore more straightforward as well. Chronic pain is typically much more complex often having more than one cause and treatment option. Whether it is due to an injury or an underlying medical condition, the naturopathic physicians at Southwest Integrative Medicine will work hard to identify the root cause of the pain and provide lasting relief with treatments such as acupuncture, physical therapy, nutritional changes, pharmaceutical medicines, and botanical medicine.  Some of the pain related issues that they treat include: Arthritis, Back Pain, Muscle Pain, Tissue Damage, Tendinitis, Tendinosis, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Headaches, Migraines, and Fibromyalgia.


Neurological Conditions

Patients suffering from numbness and tingling, decreased coordination, tremors, or even seizures understand the devastating consequences of spinal cord, nerve, or brain injuries. Acupuncture is particularly helpful in treating neuropathic pain and neurological recovery from strokes. Other Integrative Medicine treatments can be used to successfully treat other neurological conditions such as: Neuralgia, Sciatica, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease. 


Psychological Conditions

When suffering from a psychological condition or mental disorder, very often the first course of action is to begin the search for a pharmaceutical solution. While these medications can be very effective at controlling behaviors and regulating emotions, they often don't work as well as they need to and can cause an onslaught of other undesirable side effects.

The doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine have witnessed the remarkable effectiveness of acupuncture and nutritional therapies for many psychological conditions. If pharmaceutical solutions are necessary, these can be used in isolation or in conjunction with other natural treatments. Some examples of the psychological conditions they treat include: sleep disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, ADHD, Paranoia, and Bipolar Disorder. 


Functional Conditions and Difficulty to Diagnose Conditions

In addition to the above, the physicians at Southwest Integrative Medicine frequqntly provide relief to patients who have not had success obtaining a diagnosis, have been misdiagnosed, and those who suffer from conditions that are hard to treat. Find out if they can help you and come in for a free consultation.


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