Functional medicine has been around for many centuries in other countries around the world, but in the United States the practice of functional medicine is still fairly new and generally unknown to the public.
Traditional health care providers use drugs and or hormones as standard therapeutic options to treat diseases such as thyroid, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and autoimmune disease.
The medical schools of today are training future medical providers to use the current standard of care; diagnose a disease and then match this with the appropriate medication. For acute diseases, infections, and trauma this model of care works quite well, but horrifically fails in the treatment of chronic illness.
Overall, there are many Americans suffering with daily digestive, allergies, hormone imbalances, neurological problems, autoimmune disease, and much more. Using a functional medical approach is showing positive and encouraging results – allow our body to correct the imbalance and heal itself.
So what exactly is Functional Medicine? How is using this medical model helping the billions of Americans deal with their chronic illness?
First, Functional Medicine views all persons as being different, both genetically and biochemically. A personalized treatment plan is created that focuses on the whole person and not just the symptom. Functional Medicine supports normal healing processes in a natural way rather than attacking the disease.
Also, it is very important to report that Function Medicine is very scientifically based. Many of the things that happen to an individual are very much connected to very complicated web of relationships – on a chemical, biological, physical, emotional, and spiritual. When one begins to understand these relationships, there is a deep appreciation and understanding of the complex function of the body.
Our bodies are very smart and have the ability to self regulate and self heal. This is how the body is able to express itself while keeping in tune and in balance with all the body systems. Health is not just the absence of a disease, but it is a state of incredible vitality and youth.
Book your appointment today and let’s talk about what functional medicine can do for your or your loved one!