Now Offering Functional Medicine!
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is the future of conventional medicine–available now. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
As a patient of a Functional Medicine provider, you become an active partner in the design of your own treatment plan. This allows you to take charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of disease.
Functional Medicine practcioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, mapping their personal timeline, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
Perhaps you have experienced being examined by your doctor, having blood tests done, x-rays or other diagnostic tests taken, only for your doctor to report back that “all your tests are normal”. Yet, both you and your doctor know that you are unwell.
Unfortunately, this experience is all too common. Instead we focus on treating your body as a whole system, addressing the causes not only the symptoms, and viewing your body as a whole organism, rather than simply a collection of organs.
By changing the disease-centered focus of medical practice to this patient-centered approach, we are able to support the healing process by viewing health and illness as part of a cycle in which all components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment. This process helps to seek and identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may shift a person’s health from illness to well-being.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.