Gastrointestinal Conditions

Alisha Bhatia, ND

Board Certified & Licensed Naturopathic Doctor located in Temecula, CA

Whether it’s abdominal pain or bloating, diarrhea, or constipation, gastrointestinal conditions can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Dr. Alisha Bhatia, N.D., in Temecula, California, is a board-certified naturopathic doctor who specializes in the management of gastrointestinal conditions. She takes a whole-person approach to care, focusing on your whole health, not your symptoms. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Gastrointestinal Conditions Q & A

What are gastrointestinal conditions?

Gastrointestinal conditions refer to any medical condition that affects your gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Alisha specializes in these types of conditions and provides expert care for:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a common gastrointestinal condition that causes symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation. It’s considered a functional gastrointestinal condition, which means the symptoms don’t cause damage to your digestive tract. 

Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBD)

IBD refers to conditions that cause inflammation in the digestive tract, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These are considered structural gastrointestinal conditions because, in addition to the symptoms, which may include abdominal pain and diarrhea, they can damage your digestive tract. 

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

As the name implies, SIBO occurs when you have an excess amount of bacteria in your small intestine. Symptoms of SIBO include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or fatigue. If your case of SIBO is extreme, you may not be able to absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat, which may lead to weight loss and nutrient deficiencies.

Chronic constipation

Bowel movements differ from person to person. However, constipation involves having fewer than three bowel movements a week with difficult to pass or incomplete stools. 

If you’re suffering from any of these gastrointestinal conditions or have concerns about gastrointestinal health, contact Dr. Alisha for an evaluation and treatment plan. 

What happens during a gastrointestinal condition evaluation?

Dr. Alisha conducts comprehensive evaluations when you visit the office with concerns about a gastrointestinal condition. Before your appointment, she will have you complete an online health questionnaire so she can better understand your overall health and needs. 

During your visit, which may take up to an hour, Dr. Alisha reviews your questionnaire and asks targeted questions to better understand your needs. She also conducts a physical exam and may request lab work, such as a digestive stool analysis. 

What are the treatments for gastrointestinal conditions?

Dr. Alisha develops personalized treatment plans for each of her patients based on the type of gastrointestinal condition they have, their overall health, and their symptoms. She focuses her treatment on nutrition and lifestyle, and, if needed, incorporates supplements to further enhance your health.

Dr. Alisha is also a specialist in homeopathic medicine and may include homeopathic remedies in your treatment plan. If you’re nutrient deficient, Dr. Alisha may suggest intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy to restore nutrient balance and health.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Alisha Bhatia, N.D., for management of your gastrointestinal condition, call the office or book online today.