At Robinhood Integrative Health (our clinic in Winston-Salem, NC) as well as at Health As It Ought To Be (our supplement company), we pride ourselves on adapting the newest, most cutting edge forms of therapy to help heal our patients.
Of course, just because something is new, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily beneficial.
This is why we only pursue new treatments that are biologically plausible, have low-risk and have enough evidence collected to warrant recommendation.
Based on those qualifications, we started to use a new form of treatment in the office called peptide therapy.
As you’ll see, peptide therapy could prove to dramatically improve your health.
We’re using peptide therapy to help with two, specific issues right now.
>> Helping to heal patient’s battered immune systems.
>> Helping people with frustrating gut issues finally heal themselves.
I believe that where we’re at with using peptide therapy for healing is at the beginning of a very steep usage curve.
And my belief is supported by many in the medical community.
The world’s leading Anti Aging group, the A4M, recently dedicated their entire conference to peptide therapy.
In a few years’ time, it could definitely be the case that peptide therapy will be as common and effective as hormone therapy is now.
So, What Exactly is Peptide Therapy?
Peptide therapy is actually quite technical, but don’t worry I’m not going to regurgitate tons of scientific terms in this article.
To understand how peptide therapy works, you need to know what peptides are.
Peptides are segments of large proteins, or more specifically, are very small proteins made of short-chain amino acids.
Your body uses peptides hormones as signaling molecules for biological pathways.
Peptides are responsible for all kinds of essential body functions.
Peptides influence reproductive health, work on metabolism, help to modify how your immune system functions and more.
When we use peptide therapy in the office, what we’re doing is introducing biologically identical peptides into the body that have been synthesized to match up with naturally occurring peptide pathways.
They can be administered via creams, orally, or injection, and since they’re identical and natural to your body, once they are introduced into your body they are rapidly assimilated into the system we need to target.
Say for instance that we want to influence how the body responds to blood sugar.
We can administer peptides that the body will not reject (because they’re natural and bioidentical) and your body will process the newly added peptides the same way it would the ones already in your body; in the case of blood sugar we can add peptides that act like the body’s naturally-occurring hormone, insulin.
Better yet, is because peptides are natural, there haven’t been many reports of negative side effects from using peptides to influence health.
Peptide therapy isn’t like some therapies where we administer them to fix a deficiency, instead, by overloading the body with peptides we’re able to cause your body to make targeted changes to internal and external systems for fast healing.
These Are the Peptides We’re Using – Along with the Reasons Why
As I mentioned, peptide therapy is relatively new.
“Although peptide therapy is fairly new, as of 2015, there were over 60 US FDA-approved peptide medications, 140 peptide drugs being evaluated in clinical trials and 500 in pre-clinical development. This is a science society has been waiting a long time for.”
In our office, we’re focusing on 2 different peptides.
- Thymosin alpha 1
Both of these peptides serve different purposes, but both are capable of helping to improve immune health and general health.
BPC-157 is a peptide compound we use to help people heal their digestive system as well as promote improvements in total health.
In experiments, researchers have concluded that BPC-157 can help with dramatic healing/wound-healing. In fact, studies show that BPC-157 therapy helps damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments and nervous system issues heal.
Athletes frequently use BPC-157 to heal from injuries, but the average person who deals with everyday pain and aches can benefit from using BPC-157 too.
Because BPC-157 is an extract of something called the body protection compound (BPC) found in gastric juices (where it protects and heals your intestines), we also believe that it can heavily influence healing inside of the digestive system when taken as an external therapy.
In addition to that, BPC-157 has been reputed to exert the following health benefits:
- Supports anti-inflammatory response
- May increase the number of growth hormone receptors
- Increases Nitric Oxide production and lower blood pressure
- Can help to soothe and heal damaged intestinal epithelium (leaky gut)
- Helps boost liver function
Thymosin Alpha 1
When it comes to total health, one of the foundational elements is a healthy immune system.
The administration of Thymosin Alpha 1 can help to boost immune function.
This peptide naturally occurs as a result of thymus gland activity.
The reason it’s a great peptide to take is that it’s involved in T-cell formation, and T-cells are one of the most important agents in immune health and activity.
T-cells influence adaptive immunity, a key component in how your body recognizes and dispatches foreign invaders.
So what does therapy with Thymosin alpha 1 provide you? According to TransformYou, a clinic specializing in peptide therapy you can expect the following benefits:
- Enhances the function of certain immune cells called T and dendritic cells
- Helps eradicate the unhealthy cells and stop the infection or cancer growth
- Exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties
- Suppresses tumor growth
- Increases vaccine effectiveness
- Protects against oxidative damage
Here’s What to Know about Peptide Therapy at Robinhood Integrative Health
We’re pleased to announce that peptide therapy is something we recently added to the lineup of treatment options we have here at the clinic.
Currently, we only offer oral therapies.
However, we’re working with nearby compounding pharmacies to assist us with developing an injectable formula.
When it comes to better efficacy, injections are far superior to oral therapies as they bypass the digestive tract and go directly to work on the areas of the body you need to have improved.
If you’re a patient of ours and would like to talk with one of our physicians about peptide therapy, please schedule an appointment with us in the patient portal or call to set up an appointment (for new patients call 336-768-3335).