Integrative Psychiatry through a Naturopathic Perspective

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

With 30 million Americans prescribed a psychotropic agent, the current healthcare model is facing a crisis as rising health care costs and a steep rise in chronic diseases are still being met with “a pill for every ill”. Doctors are receiving minimal training in nutrition and lifestyle, and are being led to believe that psychiatric diseases are solely due to chemical imbalances. This could not be further from the truth. 

Integrative psychiatry utilizes a multifaceted approach to health and wellness by  asserting that you are much more than a mixture of chemical imbalances. In fact, your diagnosis may be a manifestation of underlying dysfunctional patterns that can be met without the need for psychiatric medication. 

At Aayu clinics, we understand the complex web of biological systems and interrelationships between the mind-body- and spirit. In addition to conventional medicine, Aayu Clinics is proud to offer an array of integrative care services that will strive to help you get to the root cause. 

Advanced Nutrient Therapy:

Just as your personality is completely unique, so are your set of biochemical and nutritional requirements. Epigenetics, environmental factors, and gastrointestinal integrity (ability to absorb and use nutrients effectively, all differ from person to person. When assessing all of these factors, we get a picture of your constitutional ‘biotype’ that aims to formulate a treatment plan that uncovers many factors underlying the physical manifestations that your body is experiencing. 

With advanced nutrient therapy, we aim to:

  • Optimize nutrient concentration needed for neurotransmitter production

  • Reduce oxidative stress 

  • Strengthen epigenetic regulation of neurotransmitter capacity

  • Increase absorption and assimilation of nutrients by supporting your microbiome. 

We are proud to offer an array of integrative panels that help to explore your biochemical individuality. Some tests may include: 

Addressing the inflammation-Gut-Brain Relationship

Depression is often an inflammatory driven condition, largely orchestrated by an imbalance in the gastrointestinal and immune systems. Food sensitivities or intolerances, chronic stress and toxins in our environment can lead to gastrointestinal inflammation and eventually gastrointestinal permeability aka “leaky gut syndrome”. The resulting inflammation can negatively affect your nervous system, resulting in symptoms of depression, PMS, anxiety, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal issues (bloating, IBS), sleep disturbances, and weight gain. 

In addressing mental health disorders as an inflammatory driven condition, we aim to:

Balance the microbiome

Modulate lifestyle factors

Provide natural substances to reduce systemic inflammation

Restore Gastrointestinal barrier integrity

Uncover and treat food sensitivities and intolerances

Hormone Imbalances and the “Psychiatric Pretenders” 

Psychiatric conditions are typically diagnosed as an imbalance in neurochemicals, resulting in a prescription with the hopes of balance neurotransmitters. 

Research is now uncovering a number “Psychiatric pretenders”, that are manifesting as mental-emotional disturbance