Claudia Machado Cooke, MD, FACP, MPH  |  Health Through Understanding

Digestive Disorders

In the digestive tract, food is processed and prepared for absorption, assimilation, and elimination. The small intestine, measuring about 23 ft in length, is the primary site where nutrient absorption takes place. Add this to the large intestine which is about 4 ft in length, it is no wonder that so many adults suffer one form or another of digestive complaint.

Medications of various classes are the mainstay of traditional medical therapy for digestive disorders, with an increasing appreciation for the value of behavioral and dietary modification.

Dr. Cooke has helped many of her patients recover normal digestive function after months and even years of upset. A meticulous history of the problem, its origins and accompaniments, is essential. Then dietary modification, nutritional supplements, and possibly medications are employed. Acupuncture has proven to be helpful to a variety of digestive disorders