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Peptide Therapy

Introducing Peptide Therapy

Amethyst Wellness has always remained on the cutting edge of anti-aging and preventive health medicine.

Recently a client introduced me to peptide therapy. He specifically wanted a therapy to help him build lean muscle and lose fat. He was not a candidate for our bioidentical hormone therapy. He initially was interested in Sermorelin which is a secretagogue. He had heard that the secretagogues were safe and effective for weight loss, and muscle gain.

I was familiar with the therapy from one of my Functional Medicine classes.  Basically, a secretagogue is a substance that causes a gland or organ to secrete a hormone. Secretagogues have been used for a long time. For example, Insulin is a secretagogue.

In this case, secretagogues are peptides. A peptide is defined as a short chain of Amino Acids. It works as a messenger and fits on only specific target receptor sites. A peptide is short acting and clears out of the body quickly. This is what makes it so clean and safe.  

Sermorelin was one of the original peptide therapies, but recently newer and more innovative treatments have become available. This technology is moving so fast, that there newer and more effective peptides are coming out each day!

We are now offering the latest in peptide therapy at Amethyst Wellness. Most peptides are injected daily. They are not painful as the needle used is very small. The following is a list of often used peptides in our clinic.

CJC 1295/Ipamorelin

This is the best treatment for weight loss and muscle retention. It is a combination peptide and causes the anterior pituitary to release growth hormone. This growth hormone, then travels to the liver and causes the liver to secrete IGF-1 in a very predictable amount.  IGF-1 works by causing tissues such as muscle to grow. It also encourages angiogenesis, increased blood flow to support these new tissues.


This peptide is indicated for those who need to lose a large amount of weight quickly. Tesamorelin works by causing an even more dramatic rise in IGF-1.


MK-677 is offered for those who want to gain muscle without losing weight.

There are other peptides that can treat a variety of conditions.

Bremelanotide was just approved by the FDA as a treatment for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. It enhances libido by working on the hypothalamus directly.

There are peptides that help to regrow hair and peptides that get rid of wrinkles and improve the collagen in skin and help wounds to heal faster. Peptides can help to improve lipid profiles. Peptides can improve mental function and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. There are even peptides that improve the function of the P53 gene and help with cancer treatments.

The potential benefits are unlimited.

The potential side effects are listed due to past experience with Human Growth Hormone. IGF-1 may cause increased oxidative stress. A certain amount of oxidative stress is good for the body and encourages the growth of mitochondria- the energy centers of the body. Too much oxidative stress increases risk of disease. Therefore, it’s important to include anti-oxidant therapies, such as IV Nutrition and Poly-Mva along with this treatment.

For more information on Peptides please visit Tailormade compounding channel on Youtube.

There you’ll find very informative webinars on peptide therapy.

If you feel Peptides may be right for you, come see us at Amethyst Wellness.


Stay healthy,


(386) 283-4180



Jerald Coopersmith, ARNP-BC Nurse Practitioner- certified in Family Medicine- ANCC

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