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(No prescription or side effects required.)
Functional medicine is an approach that aims to discover the underlying cause of your health issue. This is done by taking a thorough medical history as well as using advanced laboratory tests such as blood, saliva, urine and stool. Once this root cause is known, we can create and implement a personalize strategy to address it. (For example: using proper nutrition, herbal medicine, supplements, lifestyle changes and detoxification.)
Since we take the time to know your health history in depth and use more tests than your standard general practitioner might, we often find things they missed or would have addressed only symptomatically.
Imagine this common scenario: You are always tired, have sleep issues, anxiety attacks and digestive issues. You go to your primary doctor who runs some basic tests and report he found nothing wrong with you. He may say it’s all in your head or may put you on a prescription, but your symptoms still linger or only get somewhat better. Even worse, you begin to experience unwanted side effects to the medication.
You then decide to go to an integrative medicine practitioner who spends well over an hour finding out your health history. He or she runs tests your doctor doesn’t use at all. It turns out you have an extreme case of adrenal fatigue as well as bowel dysbiosis, it was missed because these tests were not run by your doctor. You are advised to make some dietary changes, take daily herbs and/or supplements and make adjustments to your lifestyle. Within 2-3 months your symptoms start to disappear and you are feeling like your old self again.
What can it treat?
Here is a list of just some of the things commonly treated by functional medicine:
Do you specialize in anything in particular?
I can certainly help most people with the things listed above (plus others) but areas that I’m most effective with are:
What tests can you perform?
How long will it take?
This depends on many factors. First we must find the root cause, this could take a few visits in addition to thorough testing. The most important part comes next, patient compliance. Are you following the recommendations? How are you responding to them? Everyone is different so it’s hard to gauge exactly how long it will take. Most seem to feel better within a few weeks after making the necessary changes whereas others make take a few months before things really start to turn around.
This approach only works if the patient is willing to go along with the program. It is not a quick fix nor a bandaid to symptoms. People seek out functional medicine because they are tired of taking one medication after the next and still not getting much better. They are tired of their doctor not fully listening to their concerns or taking the time needed to offer alternatives to drugs or surgery. If you are looking for a fresh new approach to deal with your health concerns, don’t hesitate to set up your free consultation now!