Yes! We Now Have PRP—Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy

Yes! We Now Have PRP—Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as “PRP,” is a volume of fractionated plasma taken from your own blood. We draw a few tubes of blood, spin it with a centrifuge, and separate the portion which contains concentrated platelets. These are then injected into your diseased joints to promote tissue repair and accelerated healing.

Dr. Jillian Shannon is SFNM's newest doctor. She has a general naturopathic practice and specializes in regenerative medicine including BHRT, joint injections and IV therapies. She has been working closely with other practitioners specializing in functional endocrinology and anti-aging medicine with the use of stem cells, ozone, and PRP. She is available full time at SFNM and is accepting new patients.

The regenerative capacity of the human body is astounding! Before you give up on your joints and settle for chronic joint pain, why not use your own body’s healing properties and give platelet rich plasma a try? It’s minimally invasive and may result in lasting results with just 3 treatments.

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What is Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?

What is Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?

Bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT) is used to treat peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms of hormone deficiency or imbalance. BHRT uses hormones that are the same as those naturally produced in your own body and are usually derived from plant extracts. Conventional hormone therapy uses hormones that come from the urine of pregnant horses or are synthesized in a way that is not identical to your body’s hormones. 

Dr. Claire Graser specializes in holistic detoxification, women’s health, hormone balancing, weight loss, anxiety and stress management, as well as abdominal massage to support healthy digestion and detox. Dr. Graser creates comprehensive wellness plans for patients at San Francisco Natural Medicine Tue-Fri, and is currently accepting new patients. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult.

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Think Low Testosterone Is Only in Older Men? Think Again

Think Low Testosterone Is Only in Older Men? Think Again

We often think of testosterone deficiency as a condition affecting older men. While it is normal to see hormones gradually decrease with age, we are increasingly seeing low testosterone levels in younger men as well.

Dr. Carl Hangee-Bauer is SFNM’s founder and Clinic Director. He has a general naturopathic medical practice and specializes in immune support for allergies, autoimmunity and cancer support, functional gastroenterology and pain management. He has over 30 years of clinical experience using individualized care and treatment plans to provide effective naturopathic based care. 

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Are You Fed up with Stubborn Skin Problems?

Are You Fed up with Stubborn Skin Problems?

If so, consider an approach to skincare that is unique, natural and effective. Naturopathic dermatology aims to reveal the root cause of your skin problem and uses treatments with a “First Do No Harm” approach. The chronic use of oral and topical antibiotics, steroids, retinoids, contraceptives and androgen receptor blockers can have harmful side-effects and long-term consequences. Read more about the key foundations of naturopathic dermatology, root causes of skin problems, “food as medicine,” lab testing and natural skin care treatments. 

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Preconception Advice For A Healthy Baby

Preconception Advice For A Healthy Baby

Your future child’s health depends on your health right now. The 3 to 6 months before you conceive is the perfect time to eat right, exercise, do a detox and see an integrative healthcare provider that specializes in fertility, taking steps to give your child the best health at birth and beyond.

Dr. Claire Graser creates your customized preconception health plan based on your medical history, goals and comprehensive blood work to evaluate and optimize your fertility and pregnancy. Plans can include food sensitivity testing, nutritional and supplement recommendations, abdominal massage for fertility, recommendations for stress management and more. Dr. Graser sees patients at San Francisco Natural Medicine Tuesday-Friday. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult.

 

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There’s More to Weight than the Scale

There’s More to Weight than the Scale

Many people count calories or watch the scale on a daily basis finding themselves disappointed that they aren’t able to move the needle even after weeks of dedicated effort. We are here to tell you there is more to weight than the scale. Your body is essentially made up of two main components—lean mass and fat. Lean mass includes muscle, bone, water and connective tissue. When you lose weight, it is possible to reduce fat, lean mass or both. The goal of weight loss is typically to decrease body fat while maintaining your lean mass. The scale is useful but only tells part of the story, which is why we monitor body composition (body fat and lean body mass) with the Inbody test. Find out more about how your body is adjusting to your diet and exercise on the inside, and come in for a free trial of the InBody scale. Please contact San Francisco Natural Medicine to come in for a FREE InBody Scan at 415-864-9324.

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Thyroid Balance

Thyroid Balance

There are approximately 20 million Americans with some form of thyroid disease, and 60% of people with thyroid disease are completely unaware that they have this condition. Women are five times more likely to have thyroid disease than their male counterparts; that means one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her life. Luckily most thyroid cancers are responsive to treatment; however, some can be aggressive. To learn more about functional medicine, functional lab testing or functional nutrition and yoga poses for thyroid disorders please ask to see Dr. Mima Geere.

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Why Am I Exercising & Not Losing Weight?

Why Am I Exercising & Not Losing Weight?

Are you having trouble losing weight even though you’re exercising regularly? It may come as a surprise, but it’s a fairly common issue. People usually fall into two groups:

  1. Too much cardio, not enough intensity.
  2. Too much intensity, not enough recovery.

Need more information about nutrition, exercise and hormones for your weight loss goals? Dr. Claire Graser supports patients with comprehensive, individualized functional medicine plans at San Francisco Natural Medicine. Call 415-643-6600 for a free 15-minute consult!

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Healing Your Skin From Within—5 Tips for Treating Acne

Healing Your Skin From Within—5 Tips for Treating Acne

Ah, summer is here which means warm weather and clear skies, but not necessarily clear skin. Heat, sweat, sugary foods and lathered up sunscreen can be a recipe for an acne disaster. Whether you are people-watching in Dolores Park, picnicking in Crissy Field or surfing at Ocean Beach—here are five tips for preventing acne flare-ups.

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Restore Your Gut Using Simple and Ancient Bone Broth

Restore Your Gut Using Simple and Ancient Bone Broth

Practically since the dawn of fire, humans and ancient cultures have been preparing bone broth as a way to improve overall health. Now we understand this magical elixir is indeed more than merely “chicken soup for the soul.” Science has uncovered the methods behind how bone broth helps our bodies replenish minerals, repair gut imbalances, support joint and ligament integrity and soothe skin conditions.

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Fatigue—Where it Comes From, What to do About it

Fatigue—Where it Comes From, What to do About it

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms people experience. As with many health issues, there are often multiple contributing factors and people feel much better when we address all of them. I haven’t gone into all possible reasons for fatigue, but these are common ones with some simple solutions.

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Cervical Cancer Screening, HPV and Cervical Dysplasia— What You Should Know

Cervical Cancer Screening, HPV and Cervical Dysplasia— What You Should Know

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and San Francisco Natural Medicine would like to keep you informed on how to obtain and maintain optimal cervical health and prevent cervical cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cervical cancer was previously the leading cause of death for women in the United States. However, due to cervical cancer screening, the number of these deaths has decreased. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the most commonly sexually transmitted infection, has been found to be associated with precancerous and cancerous cells on the cervix as well as genital warts. Did you know that almost 79 million Americans have HPV, and many people do not even know that they have the infection? At least half of all sexually active men and women get HPV at some point in their lives. In females, Pap tests are used to screen for cervical cancer, and co-testing can be done to look for HPV. We want you to know your status and can do these tests for you at SFNM.

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More Focus, Less Brain Fog

More Focus, Less Brain Fog

Having difficulties focusing, remembering tasks or organizing your thoughts? Whatever health issues bring people to our clinic, it is very common to hear complaints of poor memory, lack of concentration, lack of focus and “brain fog.” While the vast majority of the time this does not represent early onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is nonetheless a troubling and limiting complaint. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to improve our cognitive function and enhance our memory.

 

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Neurotransmitters, Hormones and Health

Neurotransmitters, Hormones and Health

Together, neurotransmitters and hormones make up what we call the neuroendocrine system. When this chemistry is in balance we feel well, have good energy, sleep well, and have balanced moods. All too often, unfortunately, our neuroendocrine system is imbalanced, resulting in stubborn chronic symptoms and patterns.

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The Truth About Heart Health For Women

The Truth About Heart Health For Women

Are you aware that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US? Many women think it's a man's problem, but it's also very much a woman's problem. Most research on the subject has been done on men, yet older men and women (over 60) have similar rates of heart attack. Therefore, it is crucial for women to know the facts about heart disease symptoms.

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Cancer Prevention—Tips You Should Know

Cancer Prevention—Tips You Should Know

In both naturopathic and Chinese medicine, prevention is the best medicine. Nutrition and lifestyle habits are some of the most important factors in cancer prevention and treatment. Here are some tips to help reduce your risk of cancer.

Cancer Prevention Tips from American Institute for Cancer Research

  • Be as lean as possible within your normal range of body mass.
  • Be physically active as a part of everyday life.
  • Limit consumption of calorie-dense foods and sugary drinks.
  • Eat mostly foods of plant origin.
  • Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat.
  • Limit alcoholic drinks.
  • Limit salt consumption.
  • Avoid moldy grains, nuts and beans (these may contain aflatoxins).
  • Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet.
  • Do not smoke and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke.
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7 Steps To Heaven—How To Increase Your Libido Naturally

7 Steps To Heaven—How To Increase Your Libido Naturally

Libido is a term used to describe a person’s desire for sexual activity. Some people just do not have the urge or desire for sex. A decrease or no sex drive can turn sex into a chore instead of a pleasurable activity. There are many causes to a low libido including hormone imbalances, arousal disorders, medications, emotional trauma, stress, depression, a person’s belief system, physical pain and more. While some of these reasons are an easy fix, i.e. discontinuing the medications, others are more complex and may need a qualified doctor to help figure out what the cause is. It also might be a combination of different factors.

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Welcome to San Francisco Natural Medicine's new website.

Welcome to San Francisco Natural Medicine's new website.

San Francisco Natural Medicine is San Francisco's premier naturopathic medical clinic. Founded in 1989 by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc, one of California's first licensed naturopathic doctors, SFNM has become one of the largest and most respected naturopathic medical clinics in the state. In 2014, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary serving San Francisco and Bay Area residents.

We revamped our site to provide you with ongoing and up-to-date information about our clinic, our doctors, and how natural medicine can be an effective part of your health plan and goals. 

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