What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is also known by the terms Natural or Integrative Medicine. Functional Medicine is grounded in the understanding that health challenges need to view all of the body’s organs and systems as whole. Hearing about your situation and health related story gives us a key tool for analyzing what can be causing the problems you are experiencing, from a Functional Medicine perspective. We listen to our patient’s stories because it helps us unravel and make sense of what is happening to your body and health, and how we can help you to restore your health.
Choosing Optimal Health
Very often we accept that when our body begins to have lower levels of vitality and a sense of well being, we need to live with that lowered level of health. In Functional Medicine, we believe that by identifying the true causes of your health challenges, we can help you discover how to get healthy again, without harmful side effects. This helps you become empowered and an active participant in the healing process.
Is Your Doctor A Health Detective?
Our job is to be your “Health Detective.” As your Functional Medicine Practitioners, our goal is identify the causes of your particular health challenge. We identify the necessary clues by using advanced innovative laboratory tests and specialized research equipment to make sense of the complicated story. Once problems have been identified and corrected, the outcome for our patients is a renewed sense of well-being and significant increase in health and vitality.
Functional Medicine practitioners use a combination of natural agents (supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals and homeopathics), nutritional and lifestyle changes, and spiritual/emotional counseling to jumpstart a patient’s physiology back to an optimal state. Educating the patient about their condition empowers them to take charge of their own health, ultimately leading to greater success.
How it Works:
The Functional Medicine approach uses two scientifically grounded principles to restore health:
1). The first principle is to determine what is lacking in the body and then to add this back. This functions as a catalyst, to nudge the body from a state of malfunctioning physiology towards one of optimal health.
2). The second principal is to identify anything that is impeding the body from having optimal health.
Together, we work as a team, recognizing the uniqueness of each person. By providing information and education customized to your needs, you can better understand what is missing and what is needed for you to turn your health around. This process helps to empower you to be a healthier you.