San Francisco Natural Medicine is one of the few clinics in the Bay Area offering PRP, and more specifically offering PRP for the use of enhanced hair growth and regeneration. Men and women throughout the globe are using PRP/Prolo and other regenerative injections for natural cosmetic enhancement as alternatives to surgeries and other invasive procedures.Read More
Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy. It is the process of creating microscopic tears in your epidermis (top layer of skin that everyone sees). These “micro” abrasions allow for the skin surface to be sloughed off so that brand new skin layers can begin forming. Microneedling is a very simple, safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapeutic technique.
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.
"At Cocokind, our goal is to provide you with the information and tools YOU need to love your skin! We recently interviewed Katie Strobe, ND, a naturopathic dermatologist located in San Francisco. She told us about her approaches to treating skin from the inside out, so that we can have dermatologist-worthy skin!"Read More
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.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a human virus that can cause warts, genital warts and precancerous changes of the cervix, penis or anus. High-risk types are more associated with precancerous changes, and low-risk types are more associated with warts.
My medical opinion is that we are doing a disservice to men and the people they have sex with by failing to test routinely for penile HPV.Read More
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.Read More
Fall often brings a renewed sense of commitment around dieting and detoxing. This season of transition can be a time of change, which can be uncomfortable, or be an opportunity for inner growth. Whether you’ve recently started a new health regimen, or feel like an upcoming vacation might be the perfect time to start new habits, traveling represents a way to set yourself free from old habits that are no longer serving a positive place in your routine.Read More
If you are someone that gets colds sores, you know that feeling of dread when you notice a tingly, itchy, maybe slightly painful feeling on your lip that means you are getting an outbreak. It's not pleasant, it's not pretty, but the good news is, there are natural ways to prevent the sores from coming out, or at least helping them disappear more quickly if they do.
For more information on how to prevent illness and promote wellness naturally, make an appointment with Dr. Claire Graser, ND at San Francisco Natural Medicine! Call 415-643-6600.
There are many health reasons we should be eating organic produce but even more reasons we should be sourcing it from local farms. Research shows there is an intimate relationship between the soil in which your food is produced and your human gut microbiome. Swiss researchers have shown that organic farming does matter. Organic farming increases richness and diversity of the soil microbiome. The link between the gut microbiome and health is very apparent, and the role of the soil microbiome in maintaining gut diversity is a direct link between the farm and your body. In the past several months, several large agriculture companies have shifted efforts towards researching the crop microbiome to find new microbial strains to serve as fertilizers keeping insects, weeds and fungi in order. So how do you take advantage of these health benefits from eating organic farm produce? Here are some tips on how you can implement organic produce quickly and easily into your everyday routine.Read More
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:
- Too much cardio, not enough intensity.
- 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!Read More
The American Cancer Society estimates that 26,730 Californian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be a very scary and devastating moment. It is common to feel lost and confused, particularly on how to navigate through the treatment options. Over the years, more and more women are turning to an integrative approach for their care. An integrative approach supports the use of conventional medicine, implements healthy lifestyle practices and promotes wellness of the whole person—mind, body and spirit.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
We are happy to announce that Dr. Claire Graser has joined the practice and will be seeing patients on Wednesdays and Thursdays at SFNM as of November 2015. We asked Dr. Graser to tell us about herself and her approach to health care.Read More
Anemia affects an estimated 400 million women worldwide, and most women are unaware of the symptoms of anemia and tend to attribute such mild symptoms to the stress of modern life.
The causes of anemia can vary, from excessive blood loss, excessive RBC destruction, or deficient RBC production. In diseases such as Crohn’s and celiac disease, malnourishment and malabsorption of necessary B vitamins can also lead to anemia. Being deficient in iron, which is used to make hemoglobin, is another nutritional cause of the most common form of anemia as well—iron deficiency anemia.Read More
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.Read More
Do you typically have chest pain or feel like your heart is flip-flopping around in your chest? Sometimes do you find it hard to catch your breath? Are you feeling run down and lacking energy? Do you get dizzy suddenly without any known cause? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could have an issue with your heart.Read More
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.