Chronic Diseases – Natural Treatments

What is a Chronic Disease? Acute conditions, such as a cold, typically resolve within days or weeks. With a chronic disease, you are sick for long periods of time, perhaps with episodes of feeling better or worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic diseases form 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. Less likely to die from acute illnesses such as infections or fevers, we now carry the burden of disease in our bodies for decades.

The goal in treating chronic disease is to slow down and eventually stop the progression of the illness by addressing the underlying cause. Often there are multiple factors involved in symptom development and disease progression that must be uncovered and corrected in order to affect a cure.

Just as diseases develop and progress over long periods of time, uncovering their root cause and correcting it can also take time. As such, chronic disease can be complex to manage and require a close, on-going partnership between doctor and patient.

Naturopathic Medicine & Chronic Diseases

Nurturing Natural Medicine empowers you to make the diet and lifestyle changes necessary to restore your body to ongoing, lasting health.

Your individualized treatment plan may include addressing immune system imbalances; restoring hormonal balance; quieting inflammation; correcting neurotransmitter imbalances; improving nutrition, digestion, absorption and elimination; using herbs and nutritional supplements to achieve therapeutic levels of supportive nutrients; and more.

Below are just some examples of chronic diseases that can be profoundly affected with naturopathic medicine. Because naturopathic medicine treats people and not disease, this list is not all-inclusive. If you do not see your condition listed here, please contact the clinic directly to set up a complimentary phone consult with Dr. Emily.

Chronic Diseases We Can Treat

Autoimmune

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Hashimoto’s Disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cardiovascular

  • Anemia
  • Angina
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Pre-Stroke Conditions
  • Venous Insufficiency

Dermatological

  • Acne
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Eczema
  • Fungal Infections (nails)
  • Warts

Endocrinological

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity/Weight Gain
  • Thyroid Disorders

Gastrointestinal

  • Acid Reflux/GERD
  • Celiac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
  • Food Allergies
  • Gall Bladder Irritation (Cholecystitis)
  • Hepatitis
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Dysbiosis (gut microflora imbalances or intestinal candida overgrowth)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Liver Congestion or Fatty Liver (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis)
  • Pancreatic Enzyme Insufficiency
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Small Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)
  • Ulcers

Genitourinary

  • Chronic or Frequent Infections (bladder, prostate, vagina)
  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • Incontinence
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney Stones
  • Prostate Conditions

Gynecological

  • Breast Cancer Prevention
  • Infertility
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Perimenopause
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Recurrent Vaginal Infections
  • Yeast Infections

For more information about women’s health conditions we treat, please visit our Women's Health page.

Immune & Inflammatory

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic (or Recurrent) Ear Infections
  • Eczema

Musculoskeletal

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches (premenstrual, migraine, tension)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Tendonitis

Neurological

  • Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia
  • Autism
  • Brain Fog
  • Insomnia
  • Memory Issues
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Seizures

Psychological

  • ADHD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Panic Attacks

For more information about psychological conditions we treat, please visit our Mental Health page.

Contact Info

Contact Dr. Emily Penney, ND

E-mail: info@getwell-better.com
Phone: 919-251-8437

Location: Collective Wellness
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Suite 230
Durham NC 27707  ·  Map

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