Advanced Integrative medicine places our patients at the center of a holistic approach to medical care. Also known as “functional medicine” this approach expands the conventional medical focus on disease to incorporate your full potential for wellness. This approach shifts the emphasis from treating symptoms to getting to the root cause and finding out how to optimize your overall health.
By viewing your body as an integrated system, we listen to the reasons that brought you to us and then we use a combination of lab test results and key information you share with us to devise a customized treatment plan to get you to optimum health.
While traditional medicine often focuses on suppressing the symptoms that may cause medical conditions, we search for the underlying factors to uncover what is necessary to improve your health. The goal is to use the most natural treatment options available (often naturopathic treatment) to bring your body to an ideal healthy state.
Your individual needs, risks, and goals are all part of our integrative therapy. We analyze every aspect of your health that is crucial to the success of your overall healing process. To determine the best treatment for you, we examine both your external (environmental) and internal (lifestyle) factors including:
- Mental perspective
- Physical condition
- Social situation
- Environmental factors
- Emotional status
- Spiritual needs
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE FAQs
How Does Functional Medicine differ from Conventional Medicine?
Both conventional and functional medicine are science-based, but the approach to medicine is different from one another. Conventional medicine is what is taught in medical school and what most doctors in the U.S. practice. Conventional medicine focuses on diagnosing a disease and then treating the symptoms of that disease, typically with medication. If that medicine has side effects, doctors may prescribe another medication to treat the side effects from the first medication. Functional medicine, on the other hand, focuses on identifying the root cause of a disease, particularly chronic diseases like autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, and treating the cause through a combination of lifestyle changes, supplements, and hormones.
What Does a Functional Medicine Doctor Do?
Functional medicine rejects the myth that our bodies are meant to break down and that vibrant health is unreachable as we age. When it comes to functional medicine, age isn’t the issue – function is. Functional medicine practitioners perform comprehensive testing to get a total picture of your health. Conventional medical tests usually only focus on disease detection. Functional medicine practitioners obtain detailed health information from the patient and perform comprehensive testing unique to the field of functional medicine to ensure accurate diagnosis. Lipid levels, celiac and gluten sensitivity, inflammation, metabolic levels, kidney and liver function, blood counts, hormonal imbalances, and thyroid functioning are just some of the things that are tested. A functional medicine practitioner will interpret the lab results and work to restore and balance your bodily functions by creating an individualized health plan that may include lifestyle changes, supplements, and hormones. Functional medicine doctors interpret the data in a much different way than a conventional doctor would and as a result, they can often identify hidden causes of symptoms that have plagued patients for years.
What are the Benefits of Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine provides true health. Because functional medicine doctors view the body as a whole, they can often reverse and prevent the imbalances that are causing chronic conditions from occurring in the first place. There has been a sharp increase in the number of people suffering from chronic diseases and functional medicine can actually help prevent them. By restoring and optimizing bodily functions, functional medicine can help increase quality of life in every way.