From a poor appetite to abdominal pain, gastrointestinal dysfunction can affect your ability to consume adequate nutrition, as well as interfere with your quality of life. Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, at Gedde Whole Health LLC in Buena Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado, takes a non-pharmaceutical approach to medical care and offers alternative therapies to help improve your gastrointestinal dysfunction, focused on medical cannabis. To schedule a consultation, call or use the online booking button today.
Gastrointestinal dysfunction is a general medical term that refers to any condition that affects your gastrointestinal system. These dysfunctions include both functional and structural issues that may affect your digestive tract.
Functional gastrointestinal disorders refer to conditions that may cause various symptoms but don’t affect the workings of your digestive tract. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation are the most common functional gastrointestinal disorders.
Structural gastrointestinal disorders refer to conditions that affect the structure of your digestive tract, which may also impair normal function. This may include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, and colon cancer.
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also be considered a gastrointestinal dysfunction that can affect nutrient intake and/or absorption.
Research on medical cannabis is limited. However, the chemicals found in the plant, the cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may play an important role in helping manage your endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within your body and plays a role in regulating sleep, pain, stress, mood, appetite, and immune health.
For gastrointestinal dysfunction, the cannabinoids in cannabis may help improve appetite, reduce inflammation, and assist in stress management.
Dr. Gedde at Gedde Whole Health LLC conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office searching for alternative therapies for the management of your gastrointestinal dysfunction. To better understand your medical condition, Dr. Gedde requests that you bring in a copy of your medical records.
During the consultation, Dr. Gedde thoroughly reviews your medical history and symptoms. She also reviews other medical and alternative treatments you’ve tried in the past to help manage your gastrointestinal dysfunction, including cannabis use. Dr. Gedde then conducts a focused physical exam.
After your exam, Dr. Gedde develops your personalized treatment plan to help you regain control over your gastrointestinal system. Your treatment plan may include the medical cannabis options best suited to help improve your condition and at what dosage. Dr. Gedde also provides written instructions on what to do next and offers telephone follow-up appointments to adjust your plan as needed.
A gastrointestinal dysfunction can interfere with many aspects of your life, for an alternative approach, contact Gedde Whole Health LLC by phone or online today.