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Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach

It involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:

  • Patient-centered care. 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, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. It 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.
  • Integrating best medical practices. It integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

Diagnostic tools used

Cellular micro-nutrient status, comprehensive stool analysis for DNA based microbiom, digestion, inflammation, urine/saliva test for adrenal health, sex hormones metabolism, tests for environmental toxins including heavy metals, food intolerance test, genetic testing, and more

Conditions addressed

Chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, migraines. Autoimmune disorders. Sexual dysfunction, menopausal syndrome. Chronic gastrointestinal dysfunction, cardiovascular health, obesity

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