GI Specialist Questions and Answers

The doctors at Naturopathic Gastro can help you resolve your acute and chronic gastrointestinal issues. Call us to book your appointment today at our Portland, OR location at West Side and East Side.

GI Specialist Near Me in Portland, OR
GI Specialist Near Me in Portland, OR

Why would you need to see a naturopathic physician?

Naturopathic physicians can be a vital part of your team. Our unique skill set complements what your medical physician provides to give you the most rounded care. Naturopathic medicine combines both cutting edge scientific data with time-tested empirical knowledge.

What can a GI specialized naturopathic physician treat?

Naturopathic gastroenterologists are specialized in treating the majority of both organic and functional gastrointestinal disorders. An organic disorder means there is active disease within an organ. This disease shows an active pathology when it is visualized by endoscopy/colonoscopy or imaging like an MRI or CT scan. Examples of these disorders include:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • LPR
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers

A functional disorder occurs when the doctor can’t find anything wrong with the organ but the patient still doesn’t feel well. Examples of these disorders include:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO)
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Heartburn and Acid Reflux

What can I expect at a GI consultation?

At your first visit with your naturopathic physician you will undergo a very thorough intake where you will be asked your personal health history as well as any incidence of cancer in your family. It is important for you to also have a list of your current medications and supplements, their dosage, as well as the length of time you have been using them. You will also undergo a physical examination where the naturopathic physician will feel and listen to different parts of the body including the abdomen, heart and lungs. We will also discuss imaging like MRI or CT scans, so please bring any recent reports. If you have had any functional GI testing please bring that with you as well. Getting a full picture of your history will help us build a comprehensive understanding of what is happening in your body. After your naturopathic physician has reviewed your history, gone through the physical exam and received back any test results or imaging studies, the team at Naturopathic Gastro will work with you to develop an attainable treatment plan.

Are you interested in booking a consultation? Contact us today, we will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are available Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and located at 2330 NW Flanders Suite #101, Portland, OR 97210. We serve patients from Portland OR, Beaverton OR, Tigard OR, Oak Grove OR, Battin OR, and West Haven-Sylvan.