Melanie Miller, MD, brings a commitment to integrative health to her patients in the greater Birmingham area. Her definition of good health goes beyond freedom from disease. She strives for both physical and mental well-being. She wants her patients to live with energy and vitality, a sound mind, an open spirit, and within a supportive community.
When illness, pain, or disease does strike, she takes a much broader approach to healing. She practices disease and evidence-based medicine when necessary, but she believes in using natural and less invasive options whenever possible, blending the best of both worlds with a goal of increased success and improved health.
This approach is not for everybody; Dr. Miller doesn’t practice simple medicine. Her patients are active partners, managing their health at all levels. Rather than simply treating symptoms, she strives to find the root cause of health issues and work with her patients to change activities that are putting their bodies at risk as they make the journey back to wellness.
Glutathione- the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifier. The body is bombarded with toxins everyday from the air we breathe, to the food we ingest, or the water we drink. Glutathione assists the liver in cleaning out undesirable and harmful substances throughout our lives. There can sometimes be a malfunction of our bodies to create it’s own glutathione for many different reasons. A defienciency in glutathione can manifest as sluggishness, fatigue, memory loss, foggy thinking, to a myriad of health issues including neurological degenerative diseases. This important amino acid can be supplemented through IV therapy with dramatic results for healing the body; or as a liposomal oral capsule. The delivery of glutathione is extremely significant, as the stomach acid will denature the reduced form of glutathione which is what our bodies need to be effective in detox. Many people notice immediate benefits when beginning glutathioine replacement. It can also begin a “die off” response when getting rid of all the toxins built up in our system. This is a good sign in the process of your body trying to rid itself, heal, and repair any damage. The brain needs glutathione to function properly as well. It can recharge your health, boost your immune system, and give you more energy to thrive in your everyday life. Your body will be more able to recover from intense exercise, reduce free radicals, and assist with the bodies ability to overcome illness and fight aging degeneration. Every cell in the body needs plenty of glutatione to function at it’s peak performance.
Glutathione IVs are available at our office. Come by to discuss further!
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and sometimes applying electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe, and is becoming more prominent in America as well.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of problems. Dr. Miller commonly uses acupuncture to treat chronic pain, headaches, infertility, urinary incontinence/frequency, and as an aid in smoking cessation, just to name a few. The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.