Adjunct Therapies Offered at Viking Alternative Medicine

Supercharge your Viking experience with Adjunct Therapies

When we consider Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), it's essential to recognize it as a crucial component of a broader health management strategy. At our clinic, we complement HRT with a range of adjunct therapies designed to enhance overall patient outcomes. These additional treatments are not merely add-ons but integral parts of a comprehensive approach to health and wellbeing. Adjunct therapies work alongside HRT to address various symptoms and potential side effects, ensuring a more balanced treatment plan. This approach allows us to support not just hormonal balance but also the physical, emotional, and mental health of our patients. By integrating these therapies into the HRT regimen, we aim to provide a more nuanced and effective healthcare solution.
This integrated strategy emphasizes the importance of treating the individual holistically. Beyond simply managing hormonal levels, it's about optimizing the patient's overall health landscape. Whether through nutritional advice, exercise programs, or mental health support, each aspect of adjunct therapy plays a critical role in achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients.
In essence, our approach to HRT, supplemented by these complementary therapies, represents a commitment to personalized and thorough healthcare. It's about acknowledging that true health extends beyond hormone levels, embracing a multifaceted approach to wellness that caters to the unique needs of each patient. This is how we ensure not only the effectiveness of HRT but also a higher quality of life and greater patient satisfaction with their treatment journey.

Some of the following Therapies will require candidacy evaluation including added laboratory assessment, medical record review, and/or wellness assessment from an in person health care provider.  Please see notes provided with each Therapy description for more details.  Your candidacy for any of the Therapies offered by Viking must be reviewed and determined by your Viking Medical Practioner during a  medical consultation .

**Please Note - Not all Therapies are allowed in every state. Check with your provider for availablity.

Weight Loss Therapies

Phentermine

Phentermine is a medication primarily used for weight loss. It belongs to a class of drugs known as sympathomimetic amines, which work by suppressing appetite. Phentermine is typically prescribed for short-term use, alongside a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, to aid in weight loss for individuals who are overweight or obese and have certain risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. This medication must be used cautiously in any patient with hypertension or any cardiovascular, substance abuse, or eating disorder diagnosis in their history. Clinical candidacy will be evaluated by your practitioner with a thorough review of your medical history Here are some reasons why patients might consider taking Phentermine: Appetite suppression: Phentermine helps reduce hunger cravings, making it easier for individuals to stick to a reduced-calorie diet plan. By consuming fewer calories, they can effectively lose weight. Increased energy: Phentermine can also boost energy levels, which may help patients feel more motivated to engage in physical activity and exercise. Regular exercise can further enhance weight loss and improve overall health. Weight loss benefits: Studies have shown that Phentermine can lead to significant weight loss when combined with lifestyle changes. For many patients, shedding excess weight can improve various health markers, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar control. Short-term use: Phentermine is typically prescribed for short periods, usually a few weeks to a few months. This short-term approach helps minimize the risk of dependence or tolerance to the medication. Medical supervision: Phentermine is a prescription medication, meaning it should only be taken under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. Regular check-ups can ensure that patients are using the medication safely and effectively. * note – If patient approved, may receive #30 (30 day supply) with 1 pending refill. No more than #60 (2 months) within a 1 year period.

Metformin

Metformin is your go-to ally in managing blood sugar levels, helping you maintain a healthier lifestyle without letting diabetes dictate your choices.” “Metformin isn’t just for managing diabetes; it’s also gaining attention for its potential to slow down aging, helping you stay youthful and energetic for longer.

Here are some reasons why patients might consider taking Metformin:

Controlling Blood Sugar Levels: Metformin works by decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver and improving the body’s response to insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar levels. By regulating blood sugar, it helps prevent complications associated with diabetes such as nerve damage, kidney problems, and vision loss.

Weight Management: Metformin may also aid in weight management, making it beneficial for overweight or obese individuals. It can help reduce appetite and promote modest weight loss, which can further improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control.

Cardiovascular Benefits: Research suggests that metformin may offer cardiovascular benefits beyond its effects on blood sugar levels. It has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, making it an important medication for patients who are at higher risk of cardiovascular complications.

Kidney Protection: Unlike some other medications, metformin is not associated with an increased risk of kidney damage and may actually provide protective effects on the kidneys.

Ease of Use: Metformin is generally well-tolerated and is available in various formulations, including immediate-release and extended-release tablets, however Viking offers the immediate release tablets exclusively. It is usually taken orally once or twice daily with meals, making it convenient for patients to incorporate into their daily routine.

Routine Monitoring: Patients taking metformin should undergo regular monitoring of kidney function, as the medication can rarely cause a serious condition called lactic acidosis, particularly in those with impaired kidney function. However, with appropriate dosing and monitoring, the risk of this side effect is minimal.

 

Adjunct Therapies

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DHEA

DHEA is a hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands. It serves as a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. DHEA levels tend to decline with age, leading to interest in its potential role as a supplement for various health conditions.

Here are some potential reasons why patients might consider taking DHEA:

Aging: DHEA levels decline as people age, and some believe that supplementing with DHEA might help counteract some effects of aging. However, evidence on its effectiveness for this purpose is mixed.

Sexual Function: DHEA is a precursor to sex hormones, and some research suggests that it might improve libido and sexual function in both men and women, particularly those with low DHEA levels.

Bone Health: Some studies have suggested that DHEA supplementation might have a positive effect on bone density, which could be beneficial for individuals at risk of osteoporosis.

Depression and Mood: There is some evidence to suggest that DHEA supplementation might improve mood and symptoms of depression, particularly in older adults with low DHEA levels.

Cognitive Function: DHEA has been investigated for its potential role in cognitive function and memory, with some studies suggesting possible benefits, although more research is needed in this area.

Finasteride

Finasteride is a medication primarily used to treat prostate enlargement, however at a reduced dosage it is effective in the treatment of hair loss in men and it can also be beneficial for certain cases of acne. Here’s why patients might consider taking finasteride for these conditions:

– Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that contributes to hair loss in genetically susceptible individuals.
– By reducing DHT levels, finasteride helps to slow down hair loss and even promote hair regrowth in some cases.
– It’s important to note that finasteride is most effective for treating male pattern baldness and is not recommended for women or children.
-Since acne can sometimes be exacerbated by excess DHT levels, reducing DHT through finasteride can help improve acne symptoms, especially in individuals who have not responded well to other treatments.

Consistency and Patience: Patients should understand that finasteride may take several months to show noticeable effects on hair growth or acne improvement. Consistent use as prescribed by a healthcare provider is key to seeing results.

It’s essential to manage expectations and understand that while finasteride can be effective for many individuals, results may vary from person to person.

 

GAC (L-Glutamine)

L-Glutamine is an amino acid, often referred to as a “conditionally essential” amino acid, meaning that while the body can typically produce it on its own, during times of stress or illness, the body’s demand for glutamine may exceed its ability to produce it, making supplementation necessary.

Here are some key points about L-Glutamine and why patients might consider taking it:

Supports Gut Health: Glutamine is a primary energy source for the cells lining the intestinal tract. It helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal lining, which is crucial for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Some people with gastrointestinal issues may benefit from glutamine supplementation to support gut health.

Aids in Muscle Recovery: Glutamine is involved in protein synthesis and is important for muscle recovery and repair after exercise. Athletes or individuals engaged in intense physical activity may use glutamine to help with post-workout recovery.

Boosts Immune Function: Glutamine plays a role in supporting the immune system. During times of illness or stress, the body’s demand for glutamine increases, and supplementation may help support immune function.

Individual needs for L-Glutamine can vary based on factors such as age, health status, and activity level. A healthcare provider can help determine if L-Glutamine supplementation is appropriate and provide guidance on the proper dosage.

*Patients with hypertension or asthma are NOT a candidate for this medication.

Glutathione

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant naturally produced in the body. It plays a crucial role in various physiological processes, including detoxification, immune function, and protecting cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

Here are some reasons why patients might consider taking Glutathione:

Antioxidant Support: Glutathione helps neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, which can damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. By supplementing with Glutathione, individuals can support their body’s natural defense against oxidative stress.

Detoxification: Glutathione is involved in the detoxification of harmful substances, such as heavy metals, pollutants, and drugs. It helps the liver remove these toxins from the body, promoting overall health and well-being.

Immune System Support: Glutathione plays a vital role in supporting a healthy immune system. It helps regulate immune cell function and enhance the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases.

Skin Health: Some people take Glutathione supplements for its potential skin benefits. It is believed to help lighten skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. However, more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness for this purpose.

L-Carnitine

L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring compound that plays a crucial role in energy production within the body. It is synthesized from the amino acids lysine and methionine and is primarily stored in skeletal muscles. Here are some key points on why patients might consider taking it:

Energy Production: L-Carnitine is essential for the transportation of fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are oxidized to produce energy. This process is vital for maintaining cellular energy levels, particularly in tissues such as muscles and the heart.

Weight Management: While L-Carnitine is not a magic weight-loss pill, it can support weight management efforts when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. By promoting fat metabolism and energy production, L-Carnitine may aid in fat loss and improve body composition.

Antioxidant Properties: L-Carnitine exhibits antioxidant properties, helping to neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. This antioxidant activity may contribute to its various health benefits, including its potential protective effects against cellular damage and aging.

Exercise Performance: Athletes and individuals engaging in regular physical activity may benefit from L-Carnitine supplementation. It can enhance endurance, improve exercise performance, and aid in muscle recovery by facilitating the utilization of fatty acids as a fuel source during prolonged exercise.

Metabolic Support: L-Carnitine has been studied for its potential role in metabolic disorders, such as diabetes and insulin resistance. It may help improve glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity, thereby assisting in the management of blood sugar levels.

Cardiovascular Health: Research suggests that L-Carnitine may have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. It can help improve heart function, increase exercise tolerance, and reduce symptoms of angina. Additionally, L-Carnitine may help lower levels of harmful lipids in the blood, such as triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.

 

Lipo-C

Lipo-C is a medication primarily prescribed to patients with high cholesterol levels or those at risk of cardiovascular diseases. It contains a combination of lipid-lowering agents, typically a statin (such as atorvastatin or simvastatin) along with other ingredients like ezetimibe or fenofibrate.

Here are some reasons why patients might consider taking Lipo-C:

  1. Lowering Cholesterol Levels: Lipo-C works by reducing the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the bloodstream. High levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. By lowering LDL cholesterol, Lipo-C helps to improve overall cardiovascular health.
  2. Improving Lipid Profile: Apart from lowering LDL cholesterol, Lipo-C also helps in increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels. HDL cholesterol helps to remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries, reducing the risk of plaque buildup and heart disease.
  3. Reducing Cardiovascular Risk: High cholesterol levels are a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. By effectively lowering cholesterol levels, Lipo-C helps to reduce the risk of these life-threatening conditions.
  4. Increasing Energy and Fat Loss: In addition to its cardiovascular benefits, Lipo-C has been found to increase energy levels and promote fat loss. This makes it beneficial for patients looking to enhance their overall physical health and manage their weight more effectively.
  5. Combination Therapy: Lipo-C combines different lipid-lowering agents in one medication. This combination approach allows for better management of cholesterol levels compared to using a single medication alone. It also provides convenience for patients who would otherwise need to take multiple medications.
  6. Lifestyle Support: Alongside medication, adopting a healthy lifestyle is crucial for managing cholesterol levels. This includes regular exercise, a balanced diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking.

By addressing these various aspects of health, Lipo-C not only supports cardiovascular wellness but also contributes to overall energy and weight management.

 

Metformin

Metformin is your go-to ally in managing blood sugar levels, helping you maintain a healthier lifestyle without letting diabetes dictate your choices.” “Metformin isn’t just for managing diabetes; it’s also gaining attention for its potential to slow down aging, helping you stay youthful and energetic for longer.

Here are some reasons why patients might consider taking Metformin:

Controlling Blood Sugar Levels: Metformin works by decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver and improving the body’s response to insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar levels. By regulating blood sugar, it helps prevent complications associated with diabetes such as nerve damage, kidney problems, and vision loss.

Weight Management: Metformin may also aid in weight management, making it beneficial for overweight or obese individuals. It can help reduce appetite and promote modest weight loss, which can further improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control.

Cardiovascular Benefits: Research suggests that metformin may offer cardiovascular benefits beyond its effects on blood sugar levels. It has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, making it an important medication for patients who are at higher risk of cardiovascular complications.

Kidney Protection: Unlike some other medications, metformin is not associated with an increased risk of kidney damage and may actually provide protective effects on the kidneys.

Ease of Use: Metformin is generally well-tolerated and is available in various formulations, including immediate-release and extended-release tablets. It is usually taken orally once or twice daily with meals, making it convenient for patients to incorporate into their daily routine.

Routine Monitoring: Patients taking metformin should undergo regular monitoring of kidney function, as the medication can rarely cause a serious condition called lactic acidosis, particularly in those with impaired kidney function. However, with appropriate dosing and monitoring, the risk of this side effect is minimal.

 

MIC B12

MIC B12 is a combination of Methionine, Inositol, Choline, and Vitamin B12, which collectively offer numerous health benefits. Here’s why patients should consider taking MIC B12:

Boosts Energy Levels: Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in energy production within the body. It helps convert food into energy, which can alleviate feelings of fatigue and increase overall vitality. Patients who feel consistently tired or lethargic may benefit from supplementing with MIC B12.

Supports Metabolism: Methionine, Inositol, and Choline are important nutrients involved in lipid metabolism. They help the body break down fats and prevent the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. This can aid in weight management and support overall metabolic health.

Enhances Cognitive Function: Vitamin B12 is known for its role in maintaining healthy neurological function. It supports the production of neurotransmitters, which are essential for proper brain function. Adequate levels of B12 have been linked to improved memory, focus, and cognitive performance.

Liver Health: Methionine, Inositol, and Choline are particularly beneficial for liver health. They support the liver’s detoxification processes and help prevent the buildup of fat in the liver, which can lead to liver damage over time.

Promotes Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails: The nutrients in MIC B12 are also essential for maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails. They contribute to the production of collagen and keratin, which are crucial for skin elasticity and strength.

Supports Mood Regulation: Vitamin B12 plays a role in the synthesis of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. Adequate B12 levels may help prevent mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

 

Minoxidil/Finasteride

Viking is excited to offer a topical solution for hair loss. This solution is applied directly to the scalp once daily and is clinically proven to help with regrowth of hair within 3-6 months. One of the components of this solution is finasteride, which reduces DHT. DHT is a hormone derived from testosterone and thought to cause hair loss by causing hair follicles to shrink. The topical solution gives direct application of finasteride to the scalp, and can be a great alternative for those who have tried taking finasteride by mouth and experienced some of the common undesirable side effects. The second component in this solution is minoxidil, an ingredient that stimulates blood flow to the area of application and encourages hair growth. This combination can get you the results you are looking for to regain the healthy head full of hair you desire! Discuss the addition of this combination topical with a Viking Practitioner to get this added to your regimen.

Nandrolone Decanoate Injectable

Nandrolone decanoate is sometimes used after a muscle injury due to its anabolic properties, which promote tissue repair and muscle growth. Here’s why it might be prescribed in such cases:

Muscle Recovery: After a muscle injury, the body needs to repair damaged tissue. Nandrolone decanoate can accelerate this process by increasing protein synthesis and promoting the growth of new muscle cells. This can help speed up recovery and reduce the time needed for rehabilitation.

Reduced Muscle Wasting: Injuries often lead to muscle wasting or atrophy, where muscle mass decreases due to disuse or damage. Nandrolone decanoate can help prevent or minimize muscle wasting by stimulating muscle protein synthesis and preserving lean muscle mass during the recovery period.

Improved Strength: By promoting muscle growth and repair, nandrolone decanoate can also lead to improvements in muscle strength. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes or individuals who need to regain strength after a muscle injury.

Pain Relief: Some studies suggest that nandrolone decanoate may have analgesic (pain-relieving) properties, which could help alleviate discomfort associated with muscle injuries. However, the evidence for this effect is limited, and pain management strategies should be tailored to the individual’s needs.

Enhanced Rehabilitation: When used as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program, nandrolone decanoate may facilitate faster recovery and improved functional outcomes following a muscle injury. This can include physical therapy, targeted exercises, and other interventions to restore mobility and function.