These include Lupus, RA, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Psoriasis, and many many more. What they all have in common is inflammation with pain, stress, weight gain, and/or hair loss. There are no pharmaceuticals that actively control antibodies without destroying the body’s necessary immune system. However, naturopathic medicine offers a powerful range of therapies for combatting both the symptoms and causes of autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Livengood’s areas of expertise in the treatment of Autoimmune Conditions includes:
Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) –a custom compounded prescription known to reduce pain through the natural opioid system and reduce overactive inflammatory responses by down-regulating the initial inflammation cascade that starts in the brain.
Dr. Livengood’s talks and articles about LDN can be found at www.LDNResearchTrust.org
Tissue Regeneration using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – a component of your blood that contains beneficial growth factors and signaling molecules which promote cellular repair, increased immune response, cell regeneration and decreased inflammation. When PRP contacts damaged tissue, it triggers an immune response and a healing cascade, which leads to the removal of toxins and the repair and regrowth of healthy new cells. PRP can be used to regenerate tissue in a variety of ways:
- Hair restoration is achieved through tiny injections into the scalp
- Nebulized PRP treatments repair sinuses and lung tissue after chronic infections
- Micropen Needling restores skin color and texture while promoting collagen growth
- Injectable PRP can reduce musculoskeletal pain in the joints and muscles
Nutrition Counseling – Food is Medicinal. Together, we can customize a dietary plan for you to improve your health, prevent or reverse illness, and help you obtain an optimal weight. We can also test for food sensitivities and reduce common gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, constipation and bloating.
Acupuncture/Biopuncture – used successfully for thousands of years to reduce pain, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues and to improve sleep, fertility, skin tone, and brain function. Biopuncture includes the addition of specific homeopathic medicines injected into acupuncture points to alleviate acute or chronic pain from conditions such as trigger points, fibromyalgia, and joint pain.
IV therapy – high dose nutrients bypass the digestive tract and directly enter the cells most in need of various nutrients. Your IV bag will be customized for you based on your medical condition.
Mind-Body Techniques –invaluable skills that you can use throughout life to manage stress, reduce pain, improve sleep, and feel more in control of everyday circumstances. These are often incorporated into an acupuncture or Low Level Light therapy session to maximize the use of your time in office.