The Functional Medicine Approach
A functional medicine approach to health focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Instead of just treating symptoms, we seek to alleviate them by finding and addressing the underlying cause. We call this true healing.
Functional Medicine Consultations involve an extremely comprehensive health assessment, timeline of evolving symptoms, and innovative testing to uncover root causes of chronic health challenges.
The focus of Functional Medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, we bring the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
Functional Medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use lab testing and other diagnostic tests; and prescribed combinations medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Once we can identify key health-condition contributors, we examine the root of your imbalance and provide you with the tools to restore your health, and prevent and reverse disease.
Consider a functional medicine consultation if you or your loved ones (including children) suffer from the following issues:
- Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Autoimmune or chronic inflammatory conditions
- Chronic or recurring headaches or neurologic conditions
- Mood disorders
- Attention deficit
- Memory concerns
- Sleep disorders
- Digestive complaints (irritable bowel, acid reflux)
- Allergy, eczema, frequent sinus or ear infections
- Trouble losing weight
- Bioidentical Cream and Hormone Pellet Therapy
- Weight loss coaching with the Prolon Fasting Mimicking Diet