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Holistic Medicine

Offering Holistic Medicine in Mankato, Minnesota

Lisa VanWatermulen, Family Nurse Practitioner

Conditions Treated
Herbs and Minerals

Common Conditions Treated


Did you know that over 80% of hypothyroidism is due to an auto-immune attack on the thyroid gland (aka Hashimoto's disease)?  Integrative medicine helps to find & treat the root cause of immune system dysfunction to stop the immune system attack on your thyroid gland while also finding the best combination of thyroid medication to help alleviate symptoms. This is done by working on digestive tract health, replacing nutrient deficiencies & balancing hormones. I myself am a Hashimoto's patient so if I can claim an area of "expertise", its thyroid disease! 

Auto-Immune Disease

An auto-immune condition is that in which the body's own immune system is attacking your own body tissues. Auto-immunity is often triggered by an upset to the tight junctions in the gut wall allowing antigenic particles to cross the gut barrier and enter the gut-associated lymphatic tissue (GALT). These cell then tag our own tissues (ie. joints, skin, thyroid, colon) as "foreign" and try to destroy them. 

Healing the gut and using immune-modulating herbs and nutrients can help maintain remission of AI diseases. 

CardioMetabolic Health

Did you know that 50% of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol? 

Numerous other factors contribute to heart disease, such as you ApoE gene status, uric acid/gout, insulin, and  inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein, homocysteine. 

Cholesterol particle testing and ApoE gene status can tell you your REAL risk of heart attack and help to modify your risk factors. 

Digestive Issues

The digestive tract is the gate-keeper of the body; it is responsible for keeping out things like pathogenic bacteria, parasite eggs and food additives but it's also supposed to pull in nutrients. 

When the lining of the gut is impaired or damaged; the wrong things can be getting absorbed while the right things may not be. Gut health is paramount to overall health. The integrative medicine approach puts a lot of weight into the health of the gut and we "treat the gut first." 

Gut healing is always step 1 in a treatment plan; to do work on root cause without first healing the gut is like pouring water through a sieve. 

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

Hormone imbalance has become quite common due to exposure to environmental toxins and the chronic stress of daily life.  Whether you are 25 and dealing with miserable PMS and painful periods or 50 and in the throes of peri-menopause, there are natural ways to support hormone health and ease suffering.  

Bio-identical hormone replacement can safely be prescribed when necessary and can be life-changing bringing you back to the vitality and reducing the adverse symptoms and health issues of hormone deficiency.

Testosterone Therapy

We can't forget the men when it comes to waning hormones! Testosterone levels have steadily declined over the past few decades, most likely due to exposure to environmental toxins and chronic stress. 

Low testosterone can cause symptoms of moodiness, depression, fatigue, loss of motivation and vitality, erectile dysfunction and loss of libido.

Insurance very rarely covers testosterone  replacement unless levels are dangerously low; however testosterone replacement  BEFORE it becomes that extreme can restore your vitality in the present. 


Hours of Operation

Monday: 12 pm -5 pm

Tuesday: 9 am -1 pm

Wednesday: 12 pm -5 pm

Thursday: 11 am - 5 pm 

Friday: 8 am-12 noon (reception only, no office visits) 

Contact Info

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Mankato Integrative Medicine

816 South Front Street

Mankato, MN 56001


(507) 414-7500


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