Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs. Instead of treating symptoms, we work to restore health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. This is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers the patient and practitioner to work together to address the underlying causes of disease. Thus, promoting optimal wellness and function in the body.
Understanding key elements of a patient’s unique design, including genetics, hormones, inflammation, diet, possible toxin exposure, emotional state of being, stress levels, and overall lifestyle can set a patient up for success in being able to heal from the inside out with long term results.
Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and more can be reversed or managed by understanding those key elements. Environmental and food allergies can be reversed with proper nutrition, including calming the immune system and working on healing the gut. Improvements can also be made to improve fertility, pregnancy, and overall hormonal balance. Lastly, proper balance in the body can improve concentration and focus.
Functional medicine goes beyond the simplicity of just eating and moving the body. This is because it allows the patient to learn about their unique blueprint and how they can best support their uniqueness through diet, exercise, stress management, and supplementation.
Your personal program might include:
- Ordering labs that offer a deeper insight
- A change in diet by either adding or eliminating specific foods
- Adding or changing herbal supplements
- Understanding the roles that past trauma and current environments may have on your current health
- Understanding the impact of stress management
- And more