Dr. Dardashti is board certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She most commonly works with nutraceuticals to help people with stress management, anxiety, depression, weight management, and overall better health.
Dr. Dardashti provides diagnostic testing for child, adolescent, and adult patients in order to identify particular imbalances that may be adding to the overall symptom picture. This will usually involve blood, urine, and/or saliva testing, after which Dr. Dardashti will customize a treatment plan utilizing targeted vitamin, mineral, herbal, and amino acid therapy. Some of the testing may include:
- Vitamin and mineral testing to determine any possible deficiencies
- Neurotransmitter imbalance assessment
- Adrenal Testing
- Various biochemistry and hormonal tests done through collaborating physician
Sometimes it is necessary to take medication; however, for people who are going through a difficult time, dealing with some stress, or having mild to moderate depression or anxiety, there are many alternatives to medication. For instance, studies show that St. John’s Wort was just as effective as an SSRI for mild to moderate depression.
Many people find relief of their symptoms by supplementing with precursors to neurotransmitters, such as 5-HTP for serotonin and L-Tyrosine for dopamine.
It’s important to have a thorough assessment because some herbs and/or amino acids can affect certain conditions or medications adversely. Having a balanced HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis is a key component of regulation – not just mood, but for energy, digestion, immune function. For this reason, completing a test that measures HPA axis functioning can be an integral part of holistic biochemistry testing.