Alternative Medicine

Carrie Carda, MD -  - OB-GYN

Carrie Carda, MD

OB-GYN & Integrative Medicine Specialist located in Poplar Bluff, MO

Integrative medicine gives you the best of all medical worlds by considering the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your health, getting to the root cause of your symptoms, then using the best combination of alternative and conventional treatments to restore optimal health. Dr. Carrie Carda at Women’s Health Specialists offers compassionate and comprehensive integrative care to prevent disease and maintain your well-being. To learn more about alternative medicine, call her office in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, or book an appointment online.

Alternative Medicine Q & A

What is the key to a comprehensive integrative treatment plan?

An effective integrative treatment plan begins with a comprehensive metabolic workup, which is a blood panel that provides more detailed information than routine blood work. Metabolic workups are vital diagnostic tools for people with:

  • Obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Inflammatory issues
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Hormone deficiencies

Hormone imbalance offers a good example of how health conditions benefit from an integrative approach. Complementary treatments such as herbs, nutritional supplements, and weight loss work together to support results from bioidentical hormones to replace hormone deficiencies.

Dr. Carda offers bioidentical hormone treatment for men and women. Bioidentical hormones safely restore levels of hormones back to normal, because they have the same chemical and molecular structure as natural hormones.

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine uses innovative treatments to support the body’s natural ability to heal and to promote the growth of new, healthy tissues. Dr. Carda uses regenerative treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) which uses platelet from your own blood. Another regenerative treatment uses stem cells harvested from bone marrow and amniotic fluid. PRP and stem cells both trigger the growth of new cells that repair and replace damaged tissues, such as those in an arthritic joint.

Two treatments – the O-shot and P-shot – use PRP to improve sexual function in women and men. They also restore tissues in the vagina and penis, respectively.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy uses natural treatments or remedies to stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself. Diverse homeopathic treatments are available to treat chronic diseases. Dr. Carda may also include homeopathy in your weight loss program. Individualized homeopathic remedies may support weight loss by treating issues related to metabolism and digestion.

How are nutritional deficiencies treated?

A sufficient amount of each nutrient is essential to support your general wellness, energy production, and every function inside your body. Nutritional deficiencies cause chronic health conditions, while illnesses can lead to deficiencies.

Adequate nutrition is especially important for people who need to lose weight and those suffering from chronic fatigue. After performing a nutritional assessment, Dr. Carda may recommend nutritional supplements and/or intravenous (IV) nutrient treatments, which deliver the optimal dose directly to cells throughout your body.

What cosmetic and medical benefits are gained from Botox®?

Botox consists of a purified form of botulinum toxin that blocks nerve signals responsible for muscle contraction. Dr. Carda offers Botox injections to significantly diminish or eliminate facial wrinkles, including:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead furrows
  • Bunny lines on the upper nose
  • Neck bands

Botox is also approved to prevent migraine headaches, which is accomplished with injections administered every 10-12 weeks. When treating migraines, in addition to its effects on muscles, Botox may also block the transmission of chemicals that cause pain.