At Vancouver Wellness Clinic, you can expect that as part of our work together will include improving the digestive system functioning. In naturopathic and Chinese medicine (and several other medical systems around the world), the axis of health is the digestive system. It makes sense, since it's one of the primary contacts we have with the outside world, as we ingest food (and "no-food") throughout the day, every day. It's how we get our nutrition, but also how we are exposed to many harsh elements which compromise function in all body systems.
The gastrointestinal (GI) system is a complex balance of several systems, including the nervous, immune, muscular and glandular systems. GI complaints rank among the top reasons people seek medical care. Natural medicine can address specific digestive complaints (nausea, acid reflux, indigestion, abdominal bloating, gas and pain, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, blood in stool), as well as symptoms you might not have considered as connected to the digestive system (headaches, brain fog, fatigue, joint pain, autoimmune diseases, undesired weight loss/gain, mood swings, anxiety, depression, etc). By addressing and correcting dysfunctional imbalances in the GI system, digestion and absorption of nutrients (and therapeutics) improve, and the body can resume it's natural healing processes.