Gastroenterology services offered in Portland, OR

Gastroenterology focuses on digestive system disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ilana Gurevich, ND, LAC, MSOM, of Naturopathic Gastro, is a board-certified naturopathic physician and acupuncturist who specializes in gastroenterology. To find out how you could benefit from Dr. Gurevich’s expertise, call the office in Portland, Oregon, or book an appointment online today.

Gastroenterology Q&A

What is gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty focusing on the digestive system. This system begins when you chew and swallow food, which starts the digestive process. The food passes down your esophagus into your stomach, where powerful acids break it down.

Then, the broken down food passes into your small intestine and through to your large intestine (bowel), where your body extracts nutrients, and finally forms stools in your rectum that pass out of your body through your anus. Organs like your liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are also part of your gastrointestinal system.

Numerous symptoms can affect your gastrointestinal system, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, flatulence (gas), vomiting, and heartburn (acid reflux).

What is naturopathic gastroenterology?

Naturopathic gastroenterology is a holistic approach to treating digestive disorders. Dr. Gurevich understands the links between gastrointestinal issues and health problems like:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Autoimmune conditions

The naturopathic approach to gastroenterology is to address the root cause of your condition rather than simply controlling the symptoms. This approach is more likely to result in long-term success.

How does naturopathic gastroenterology help with digestive disorders?

Naturopathic gastroenterology offers an effective, comprehensive approach to treating digestive disorders. Dr. Gurevich uses a combination of traditional therapies that have been in use for hundreds of years and the most current clinical science.

She starts by discussing your medical history and performing a physical exam. You might also need blood or other lab tests to determine the underlying cause of your illness. Dr. Gurevich then gives you a personalized treatment plan that helps you obtain optimal health.

The treatments Dr. Gurevich uses for gastrointestinal disorders combine natural remedies with modern medicines. Treatment options vary according to the nature of your condition but could include:

  • Herbal medicines
  • Minerals
  • Supplements
  • Chinese medicine
  • Neural therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Pharmaceutical therapies, when indicated

Naturopathic gastroenterologists can also work as part of your primary or specialist health care team. Dr. Gurevich understands that patients receive the best care when they have the support of a complete team on their health care journey.

This collaboration often involves your primary care provider, gastroenterologist, and naturopathic physician. At Naturopathic Gastro, the providers communicate with your entire health care team to optimize your recovery.

To learn more about gastroenterology and treatments available for gastrointestinal issues, call Naturopathic Gastro today, or book an appointment online.