Advanced Health -  - Integrative Functional Medical Clinic

Advanced Health

Integrative Functional Medical Clinic located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Autoimmune Disorders

Our body’s immune system protects us from disease and infection. If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system has broken down and instead will attack healthy cells as foreign invaders of the body. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases affecting all different parts of the body. Many of them have similar symptoms making it difficult to diagnosis. Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful. Often, the first symptoms are fatigue, low grade fever, muscle and joint pain. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation. Integrative functional medicine physician, Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D., specializes in autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation. Book an appointment today with Dr. Bhandari so that she can help you strengthen your immune system and reverse your autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune Disorders

Advanced Health

Our body’s immune system protects us from disease and infection.  If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system will attack healthy cells in your body by mistake.  There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases affecting all different parts of the body. Many of them have similar symptoms making it difficult to diagnosis.

Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful.  Often, the first symptoms are fatigue, low grade fever, muscle and joint pain.  

The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation.  If you suffer from an autoimmune disease or chronic inflammation, work with an integrative holistic physician at Advanced Health to formulate a personalized treatment just for you.

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s attempt to protect itself by trying to remove foreign substances from the body, and start the healing process. Although inflammation helps heal wounds, too much acute or chronic inflammation is harmful to the body.

Two Types Of Inflammation:

Acute Inflammation

Acute Inflammation begins fast and lasts for a few days to possibly a few weeks. It can become severe quickly. Some examples of acute inflammation are the common cold, the flu, bronchitis, headache, or joint pain. A person may experience pain, redness, heat, being flushed, or swollen.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic Inflammation lasts for several months to years. It occurs from chronic exposure to a low-intensity irritant/toxin or an autoimmune response to an allergen. Allergies, arthritis, heart disease, thyroid disorder, diabetes, and most cancers are linked to chronic inflammation.


Autoimmune disorders are often diagnosed by the particular organ that is affected versus not being recognized as a disorder of the entire immune system.  Individual with autoimmune diseases will often see a specialist who only focuses on one organ system. For example, those with joint pain will see a rheumatologist.  Those with skin inflammation such as eczema and psoriasis will see a dermatologist. Those with non-alcoholic hepatitis, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease will see a gastroenterologist. It becomes very confusing and frustrating for these patients since these specialists often only look at a particular organ and not  the whole body. They often treat suppression of the chronic inflammation, not healing of the immune system.

At Advanced Health we look at the entire immune system and do not just jump to prescribing  immunosuppressive drugs which are plagued with tons of side effects. By directly addressing what the immune system needs, we are able to effectively lessen or even reverse the autoimmune disorder. By taking a natural approach and creating a personalized treatment plan, positive results are felt quickly.  

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Bhandari was able to provide the correct diagnosis where 2 other specialists failed. My experience with her was one of the best. Highly recommend."

    Daniel C.
  • Yelp

    "I am so happy to have found Dr. Bhandari. She is a knowledgeable, kind and talented physician...The medical field needs more doctors like Dr. Bhandari."

    Serena T.
  • Yelp

    "Dr Bhandari spent considerable time with me to understand all symptoms with a very thorough and holistic approach...She clearly cares for her patients' well being."

    Michael S.
  • Vitals

    "[Dr. South] is a wonderful doctor, great listening skills, fantastic diagnostic technician and a true professional."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. South asked the right questions, listened to my complaints, recommened the correct testing, great bed-side manner and kind."

    Verified Patient
Location
Advanced Health
2201 Webster Street
Pacific Heights

San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-483-7080
Fax: 415-872-1140
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