Functional Medicine promotes wellness by focusing on each patient, to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance.
Functional Medicine focuses on a holistic approach of looking at the influences of health and disease so that interventions are focused on treating the cause of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.
There are seven basic principles underlying functional medicine which include the following:
- Science-based medicine that connects the emerging research base to clinical practice.
- Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness.
- Patient-centered care rather than disease-focused treatment.
- Dynamic balance of internal and external factors that affect total functioning.
- Web-like interconnections among the body’s physiological processes also affect every aspect of functionality.
- Health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease.
- Promotion of organ reserve.
Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances are a result of diet, nutrients, exercise, and trauma are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit.
The core clinical imbalances that arise from malfunctions within this complex system include:
- Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
- Oxidation-reduction imbalances and improper function of the mitochondria (powerhouse of the cell)
- Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances
- Immune imbalances- possible hidden viral infections or lyme disease
- Inflammatory imbalances
- Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
- Structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system
Imbalances like these point to signs and symptoms we diagnose organ system disease.
Functional medicine is dedicated to improving the management of complex, chronic disease by intervening at multiple levels to address these core clinical imbalances and to restore each patient’s functionality and health.
How is functional medicine different?
Functional Medicine is true health care, unlike the disease care model where they treat the symptom, not the root cause. With providers that are functional medicine trained, we now have the knowledge to go beyond the current crisis care model and offer patients a much better approach to their health. We can incorporate lifestyle medicine, nutrition, supplements, stress reduction and exercise to improve the functioning of organs as a means of preventing disease and creating vibrant, sustainable health.
Do you do laboratory testing?
Based on the information that you provide at your appointment, your health status, and your budget, we may recommend functional medicine testing to help guide your nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. Testing includes, blood testing, blood spot testing, and saliva testing.