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What is Functional/Alternative Medicine?

In the past, modern medicine was the only way to treat many acute and chronic health problems; however, today we realize that there are so many different options when it comes to treating complicated and chronic disorders that lie beyond the scope of traditional medicine alone.

Functional or alternative medicine has become a popular method for treating a wide range of conditions not just by alleviating symptoms but also by providing lifestyle changes and other drug- and surgery-free options that focus on promoting a healthier body as a whole.

What is Functional Medicine? 

Functional medicine takes on a patient-centered approach to medical care. This means that you and your doctor will develop a strong relationship in which you take an active approach to your healthcare and the treatments you receive. Alternative or functional medicine doesn’t often follow the Western model of medicine but rather more holistic practices including acupuncture, stress management, energy healing, massage therapy, and naturopathy.

Functional medicine is a form of integrative medicine that focuses on treating the mind, body, and spirit rather than just treating the symptoms that are present. The body only functions properly when all parts work together. When certain systems don’t work properly other systems within the body also don’t work as efficiently. A functional medicine physician will look for the different imbalances within the body, taking into account that multiple imbalances could be at play.

The goal of functional medicine is to go deeper into the genetic makeup and biochemical dysfunctions of a person to pinpoint their risk for developing certain conditions. Functional medicine doctors also fully understand that certain dysfunctions within the body can lead to many of the chronic health issues that patients deal with today including diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

Fortunately, many people have found symptom relief and have even been able to reverse certain conditions with the help of functional medicine. Our doctors can work with you to improve sleep, correct your diet, reduce stress effectively, create an exercise regimen, and provide you with vitamins and supplements to help correct certain health problems.

You want a doctor that will listen to your problems and work with you to create a treatment plan that will fit your needs. If you are dealing with chronic or complex health problems, a functional medicine doctor may be able to lead you on the path to a healthier mind, body, and spirit.

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