Naturopath in Edmonton - Mental Health & Mood
Our Naturopaths often effectively improve mood: anxiety & depression
We treat mental health issues with:
Many of our mental health treatments can work alongside medications.
We perform IV Therapy in-house at our Edmonton Naturopath Clinic.
In our experience IV Therapy treatments can often give a rapid and robust effect for numerous mood issues.
Naturopathic Mental Health Treatments
Our Naturopathic Doctors use hormone testing to get to the root of mood issues.
As part of our hormone testing we focus primarily on male hormones (androgens) and thyroid hormone.
Male Hormones: DHEA is a sex hormone that comes out of the adrenal glands primarily.
Levels usually peak around age 25 and decline progressively thereafter.
DHEA is metabolized in part to Testosterone and Estrogen, so issues in DHEA can result in issues in down-stream hormones as well.
Low DHEA or Testosterone is a common cause of low mood and low libido our Naturopathic Doctors see in adults.
Low DHEA can be a consequence of hypoadrenalism or adrenal fatigue.
Our Naturopaths sometimes refer for pregnenolone as an upstream pre-cursor for both DHEA and Testosterone which is especially helpful for it's calming effects (GABAergic effects)
Similarly, Testosterone replacement can improve energy, motivation, sense of wellbeing, sex drive and muscle mass.
So our Naturopaths always screen male hormones in adults with both anxiety and depression especially in patients that have not responded to standard treatments like anti-depressant therapies.
In the typical patient complaining of fatigue or depression, the presence of additional symptoms such as cold extremities, dry skin, hair loss, decreased mental concentration, poor memory, constipation, or menstrual irregularities increases the index of suspicion for hypothyroidism for our Naturopathic doctors.
We screen all of our depression patients for hypothyroidism especially if they have some of the accessory hypothyroid symptoms mentioned.
Our Naturopaths also screen for Iodine deficiency as well as other thyroid oriented nutrients like Vitamin A, zinc & selenium in addition to hypoadrenalism parameters like Cortisol.
Nutrients: Our Naturopathic doctors always screen B12 levels in the blood.
Depression is one of the reversible manifestations of vitamin B12 deficiency.
We consider serum B12 levels less than 600 pg/ml potentially problematic for mood.
B12 shots have proven to be one of the most dramatic treatments for some patients and this usually implies they will have an even better response to IV Vitamin Therapy.
One possible explanation for the need to maintain high serum vitamin B12 level in some patients is a defect in the transport of vitamin B12 across the blood-brain barrier.
Iodine testing is something our Naturopathic doctors have found especially helpful in Edmonton.
Iodine deficiency appears to be extremely prevalent in Alberta and identifying if it's low can be extremely helpful for fatigue and mood issues related to sluggish thyroid function.
If nutritional issues are identified our Naturopaths will frequently use IV Therapy to produce large serum spikes of Vitamins and Minerals to drive these nutrients across the blood brain barrier.
Neurotransmitters: Our Naturopaths may also run neurotransmitter testing.
We can test for Serotonin, GABA, Dopamine, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, Glutamate & PEA with urinary neurotransmitter testing.
We usually do neurotransmitter testing after we've ruled out overt hormonal or nutritional issues.
IV Therapy can rapidly improve mood
Our Naturopaths have used IV vitamins for: Anxiety, Depression & Dysthymia, Post-partum depression, Insomnia, Bi-Polar, PMS-DD, Additions & Substance Abuse, Withdrawal, Anorexia & Bulimia recovery.
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We've have seen excellent results treating improving Mood with IV vitamins.
Key IV nutrients
Natural Mood Treatments
If our Naturopaths identify an issue with any of the above mentioned hormones then the treatment will be geared toward rectifying those hormones.
If possible we try and encourage natural hormone production with herbs and nutrients, for instance we can use Vitamin K to increase Testosterone (if Vitamin K deficiency is present or suspected).
However, if needed our Naturopaths may refer our patients for Bio-Identical hormones to collaborative health professionals in Edmonton for treatments like Desiccated Thyroid or Testosterone.
Our Naturopathic doctors have seen excellent mood enhancing effects in select patients with thyroid hormone augmentation.
Amino Acids like tryptophan, 5-hydroxytryptophan and tyrosine can be helpful for improving neurotransmitter levels especially if a deficiency is found on neurotransmitter testing.
The latter has been studied in addition to anti-depressants in treatment resistant depression.
These results are usually most profound and robust with intramuscular injections or IV Therapy treatments.
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