Functional medicine is an alternative approach to treating a variety of illnesses and other health issues. This type of treatment uses science-based approaches to understand the underlying cause of a health issue instead of only treating the symptoms. While traditional treatment methods can be effective, they may rely too heavily on medications or treatments that have negative side effects on one’s health.
Since many of the traditional medical treatments available offer general approaches to treating health issues, patients are not able to get the individualized treatment they need. According to Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, this alternative medicine choice is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.
What does functional medicine involve?
Functional medicine involves a complete focus on the patient. We will work closely with the patient in order to understand the root cause of their particular health issue. In order for this to happen, the patient will need to provide us with a detailed history. This includes the patient’s health information, regular living habits, biochemical makeup and any other information that will help us personalize the treatment plan for the patient.
Integrative functional medicine
Integrative medicine treatment options require a medical professional to research any and all of the available treatment options that can potentially address the patient’s health issue. This includes finding out more about both traditional and alternative treatment options in order to offer the best treatment plan for the patient. Integrative functional medicine utilizes this approach by finding the underlying causes for health issues, while also keeping all available treatment options in mind.
Functional medicine can help to restore a patient’s health. When the functional medicine approach is chosen for treating a patient’s health issues, every patient will have their own special health needs addressed. Health restoration services give patients the individualized attention they need and is extremely beneficial when it comes to rebuilding one’s health back up to where it used to be, allowing them to once again feel fit and strong.
Women’s health care
Functional medicine is highly supportive of women’s health care and is often a component in treating a number of chronic health issues that many women have to deal with. While some of the health conditions women experience in their life are completely natural, there are many other conditions that are not. Whether the health condition is natural or not, functional medicine can help the woman make nutritional and lifestyle choices to help deal with the particular health condition.
Common woman’s health care conditions include menopause, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, depression, insomnia, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, heart disease and more. We will also provide support with any follow-up appointments if necessary.
Nutritional counseling is a part of functional medicine since making good food choices is an essential part of being healthy. Patients will learn all about food education, which is significant to their overall health. Food education also helps patients to understand how their food choices have the ability to easily impact their overall health. Using nutritional counseling in a treatment will involve learning that proper nutrition can have a positive effect on the body similar to medicine.
Medical weight loss
While weight loss does not always require medical attention, there are situations in which it is crucial for the patient to seek medically-assisted weight loss. In many cases, seeking our assistance in weight loss can provide more benefits and long-lasting changes to one’s health since we can help to address the root cause of a patient’s weight gain. We can also help increase the chance of success for the patient’s weight loss.
By using functional medicine to identify the underlying cause of the weight gain, we can help the patient truly change his or her life for the better. If the patient is suffering from another health issue, there is a chance that healthy weight loss will help.
When a patient is in pain, customizing the treatment plan for the patient is important. We can develop an effective treatment plan to address the patient’s pain. While there are varying levels of pain, even just being in pain may not allow the ability for the patient to live a normal life. Since functional medicine observes the underlying cause of pain instead of merely numbing the pain, it can be more effective than traditional solutions.
With functional medicine, we can incorporate effective treatment techniques into your treatment to help you find a more stable state of health that does not rely on medication to numb the pain. If you believe you or a loved one is struggling with one of these conditions, give us a call to schedule an appointment and seek functional medicine today.
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