Find out how functional medicine specialists could help you improve your health and wellbeing.
Do you feel rushed whenever you go to the doctor’s office these days? Do you feel like there is less of a focus on preventive care and more on just treating problems once they surface? Do you feel like the traditional medications and treatments you’ve been given just aren’t helping you get your health under control? If you find yourself saying “yes” to these questions, know that you aren’t alone. Our St. Louis, MO, functional medicine doctor Dr. Tipu Sultan wants to provide patients with a better and more comprehensive approach to healthcare.
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine doctors focus on providing patients with a comprehensive, individualized and integrative approach to medicine. This means not just helping patients prevent health problems but also detecting the root cause of your symptoms rather than just trying to manage the symptoms themselves. Our St. Louis functional medicine doctor takes all aspects of your life into consideration when determining what might be causing your symptoms including,
- Lifestyle and habits
- Your environment
- Socioeconomic status
By understanding a person’s family, social, personal and medical history, our team can provide a more complete and customized treatment plan that helps people deal with everything from acute diseases to complicated and serious chronic disorders. A functional medicine doctor can treat any and all conditions that your regular family doctor can; the only difference is the approach to treatment and care.
How does functional medicine work?
When you come into the office expect our doctor to go through your medical history and to ask you detailed questions about your symptoms and health. The more information we can receive the better. From there, we may perform certain tests including blood work, urine samples, imaging tests and more to diagnose and rule out certain disorders.
Once we have a diagnosis, we will map out a treatment plan that may provide a mix of complementary, alternative and traditional treatments and therapies. A lot will depend on the condition you are dealing with and the root cause; however, common treatment plans may include,
- Dietary changes
- Regular exercise/physical activity
- Stress management
- Certain supplements, vitamins and botanicals
- Hormone regulation
- Detox programs
- Counseling or therapy
- Massage therapy
Environmental Health Center in St. Louis, MO, provides comprehensive functional medicine to children, teens, adults and seniors. If you are looking for a doctor that will provide a whole-body approach to treating your health with a focus on prevention, then call us today at (314) 921-5600 to schedule an evaluation.
Alterative therapy could offer you a more long-term approach to managing frequent migraines and headaches.
When it comes to traditional medicine, it’s normal for a doctor to just hand over pain medications to help you when a severe headache or another migraine begins to brew. The problem is, prescribing medication is a quick fix. It doesn’t determine the cause of your headaches or provide you with a more long-term solution. This is where our St. Louis, MO, holistic medicine doctor Dr. Tipu Sultan comes in. If you’re tired of being dependent on medication to get even an ounce of relief from your headache symptoms, then we can help.
Causes of Headaches and Migraines
First, we need to figure out what could be trying your migraine or headache symptoms. We realize that there are so many potential causes. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing we will determine the best tests to perform to check for possible,
- Mold and food allergies
- Chemical sensitivities
- Thyroid problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Yeast overgrowth
- Vitamin or nutritional deficiencies
Furthermore, problems such as poor posture, muscle tension and emotional stress can trigger headaches and migraines. The good news is that many of the factors responsible for your aching, throbbing head can be alleviated through the holistic medicine treatment options we offer here in St. Louis, MO.
Your treatment plan will be tailored to you, your lifestyle and habits, and needs. Our goal is to reduce both the severity of your headaches and the number of flare-ups you experience a year. This can often be done by recommending any combination of these treatment options,
- Meditation and mindfulness
- Vitamins, herbs and minerals
- Chiropractic care (spinal manipulation)
- Stress management
- Massage therapy
- Electromyographic biofeedback
- Dietary changes
If you are suffering from headaches or migraines here in St. Louis, holistic medicine will provide you with a full-body approach to care that has helped countless individuals experience fewer headache days. To schedule a telephone or in-person appointment with us call Environmental Health & Allergy Center at (314) 921-5600.
Find out how holistic medicine could help you manage your chronic fatigue.
With our modern lifestyle of “busyness” we may find ourselves feeling exhausted, drained, and ready to throw ourselves down on the couch after a long day. Is this feeling caused by lack of sleep, intensive work hours, and hectic schedules or could these symptoms be part of a larger problem like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)? From the office of our St. Louis, MO, holistic medicine doctor Dr. Tipu Sultan, here are the warning signs and how holistic medicine may be able to help,
- Enlarged lymph nodes, particularly in the neck or armpits
- Severe exhaustion for more than a day after intense physical activity or after expending a lot of mental energy
- Muscle aches and pains
- Poor, restless sleep
- Feeling exhausted despite getting enough sleep
- Sore throat
- Memory problems and trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
Feeling exhausted or fatigued can be caused by many things, from diseases and illnesses to situational circumstances; however, if you’ve been experiencing several of these symptoms for at least six months then it’s time to see our holistic doctor here in St. Louis, MO, to find out if you could have chronic fatigue syndrome.
Treating Chronic Fatigue through Holistic Care
While the cause of CFS is unknown there are certain factors that could predispose someone to developing this condition. During your initial visit, it’s important that we perform certain tests to look for viral infection, immune system disorders and problems, and hormonal imbalances (e.g. thyroid function tests). Sometimes by detecting these other health problems we can improve or even eliminate symptoms associated with CFS.
The difference between holistic medicine and traditional medicine is that we focus on treating the patient as a whole, using safe, effective, alternative therapies without resorting to medications that could cause additional problems or side effects.
How Dr. Sultan treats your situation will depend on several factors; however, most treatment options for CFS include:
- Taking certain supplements and herbs (e.g. ginseng; echinacea)
- Treating any underlying immune system or hormonal issues
- Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar and others processed foods
- Consuming a whole, unprocessed diet that is rich in vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium
- Getting regular exercise
- Find ways to reduce stress (whether through exercise or deep breathing and meditation)
Your doctor may also recommend other alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and massage therapy. Since many herbs and supplements can interact with prescription medications it’s important to speak with us first before taking any new supplements, vitamins, or herbs.
With the potential for Covid-19 to produce an uptick in chronic fatigue syndrome cases, we understand that many patients living in and around St. Louis, MO, may require alternative and holistic care to treat and manage their symptoms effectively. While we do offer telephone consultations at this time, we are also providing regular appointments for all patients dealing with non-respiratory related symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call Environmental Health & Allergy Center at (314) 921-5600.
Education – Not Medication
Our practice specializes in medical care of adults and children suffering from chronic illnesses. Typically, these problems are treated with drugs (sinuses with antihistamines, wheezing with inhalers and headaches with pain killers). This is a temporary fix; that’s how the sick get sicker.
New research shows:
- If you are sick, there is always an underlying cause
- By finding the cause and treating it, you can feel better, get off drugs, avoid their side effects and save money.
Our emphasis is on patient education — not medication, and learning about the causes, how they affect you and what to do about them
The list of conditions responding to such treatment is growing and includes:
*Colitis/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
*Bloating and Stomach upset
*Hives & Eczema
*High Blood pressure
*Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
*Frequent Respiratory Infections in Both Children and Adults
*Hyperactivity and Learning Disorders in Children
*Candidiasis or Recurrent Yeast Infections
Call 314-921-5600 today and start your journey toward Optimal Wellness.
Does Your Child Have Learning Problems?
More and more children are diagnosed as hyperactive or have learning disorders. At the present time, the usual form of treatment for these children lies heavily on drugs such as Ritalin which though have a calming affect, are also associated with unpleasant side effects. This form of treatment persists in spite of research which shows that most of these children are, in fact, victims of allergic reactions to foods or environmental contaminants.Most of the children return to normal when their allergies are identified and receive appropriate treatment.
There are specific signs which can help parents identify children who may have allergy problems. These are: frequent respiratory, bronchial, sinus, ear infections; poor school performance , runny nose, dark circles under eyes, headaches, stomach aches, stuffy nose, sniffling, coughing, and wheezing.
Therefore, all children displaying some of these symptoms should first be evaluated for allergy. Newer methods are now made available to uncover such reactions to foods and environmental contaminants that are usually not picked up by standard testing. If you would like information about the testing or treatment call us today at 314-921-5600.
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