Alternative Treatments for Metabolic Disorders By Bret Mosher on February 20, 2013

Alternative Treatments for Metabolic DisordersOur entire body is a kind of interconnected system, and it's possible to promote wellness by establishing a harmony between all parts of this system. Sometimes a health problem will change the way your body functions, but thankfully there are ways to restore balance that are natural and minimally invasive. The team at our San Diego functional medicine center would like to look at how these natural, alternative medicine therapies can help patients who suffer from different kinds of metabolic problems.

About Metabolic Disorders

Metabolism is a broad term for the way that the body breaks down food and other nutrients and converts all this into energy or waste. When an abnormality in the chemical reactions of the body affects your metabolism, this is known as a metabolic disorder. When your metabolism is altered in some way, your body doesn't run as efficiently as it should, making you gain weight, feel lethargic, experience pain in different parts of the body, and so on.

Should you experience any sort of metabolic disorder, rest assured that a North County San Diego alternative/natural medicine specialist can help.

Causes of Metabolic Disorders

Broadly, metabolic disorders can be inherited genetically, or they can develop as a result of a systemic problem or an issue with an organ essential to the metabolic process.

Some examples of inherited metabolic disorders include:

  • Amino acid disorders
  • Carbohydrate disorders
  • Fatty acid oxidation defects

The following can cause metabolic disorders to occur:

  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Kidney failure
  • Alcoholism
  • Sepsis
  • Ingesting toxic substances

Why Alternative Treatments for Metabolic Disorders May Be Ideal

While many traditional treatments for metabolic disorders have been effective, they sometimes involve invasive surgeries and the introduction of other chemicals and unnatural substances into the body. Alternative treatments stress the use of natural remedies and substances, and procedures that help the body heal itself.

Dietary Changes and Herbal Supplements

When dealing with a metabolic disorder, changes to one's diet will often be necessary. This doesn't just mean eating healthier and avoiding certain foods, but also knowing what foods to eat that will promote the production of healthy enzymes to improve digestion. We can suggest a number of San Diego Chinese herbs and natural extracts that may prove beneficial to your overall well-being in the long run.


Acupuncture has been used by many of our patients to address a number of metabolic disorders. Using acupuncture, we've been able to help patients reduce their cravings for food, regulate their appetite, cleanse their systems of harmful waste, and improve digestion.

Considering Your Options for Treatment

During your visit to the practice, we will be sure to consider all options for helping you achieve total wellness. Some therapies may prove more effective than others, and combined therapies are not out of the question. In fact, they may be just what you need.

Learn More About Natural and Alternative Medicine

For more information about treating health conditions and systemic diseases in a way that stresses total wellness rather than just the alleviation of symptoms, be sure to contact our alternative medicine center in Poway today. We all look forward to meeting you in person and going over all of the alternative medicine options available so that you can feel healthy once again.

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