Digestive Health

Transform Your Digestive Health

Notes from Felicia Dyess, AP -“The GastroIntestinal Health Specialist”

Heal Many Chronic Diseases By Healing The GI Tract

I’ve been around the block a few times and know from experience, that good digestive health is key to overall health.  Weak digestion leads to weak immunity  This is because most of your immune system is found in the gut.

Impaired digestion and poor nutrition can be the underlying factor of chronic symptoms or chronic disease.  You can be eating the most antioxidant rich foods but may be unable to absorb the nutrients if your intestinal villi are damaged.  This villous atrophy leads to mal-absorption and many other health problems down the road.  If your digestion seems strong but you have a chronic health problem, it is important to be eating the right kinds of foods to support your immunity.  Impaired digestion includes many factors and conditions including:

  • Abdominal Pain (related to digestion)
  • Acid Reflux – GERD
  • Achalasia
  • Autism
  • Bloating & Gas
  • Brain Fog
  • Candidiasis/Fungus
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea or Loose Stools
  • Diverticulitis
  • Esophagalgia
  • Food Allergies or Intolerances
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases
  • Leaky Gut
  • Parasites
  • Slow Digestion
  • Skin Disorders
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Weak Immune System

Western Medicine is very good at diagnosing the above conditions and prescribing drugs.  But Western Medicine is usually clueless regarding the underlying cause.  In addition most medications come with side effects.  Practitioners of Oriental Medicine are well aware of many factors that can affect your digestive health.  We also have natural and safe options to treat these GI disorders.  Oriental Medicine Practitioners look at many factors:

– the type of food you are eating

– the temperature of the food

–  the texture of the food

– the strength of your digestion

– pulse and tongue diagnosis

For my Jacksonville patients, I look at other factors influencing your digestive health.  Are you taking probiotics or digestive enzymes?  Most of us need these supplements daily.  Other factors to consider include wheat and other food allergies.  Food intolerances cause chronic insidious health problems that may be hard to diagnose.

My approach to good digestive health is to evaluate your habits regarding food.  I evaluate the foods you are eating and what you shouldn’t be eating.  I recommend supplements and herbs that promote good digestion.  Also herbs may be needed to heal the esophagus, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, spleen, pancreas, liver and gallbladder.  I can assist you in achieving greater digestive health in my office with acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and herbs.  Long-distance patients can call for a Phone Consult.  This consult includes herbal recommendations and nutritional counseling.