Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.– Institute for Functional Medicine!
At Integrative Acupuncture we believe that functional medicine is the cornerstone of restoring good health. We integrate both Western and Eastern medical approaches as well as nutrition, diet and exercise. The use of functional lab testing and other diagnostic techniques allow us to get to the root of our patients health concerns. We incorporate the use of nutritional supplements, botanicals, herbs, appropriate nutritional programsas well as stress management protocols.
Our patients are active participants in the journey back to optimal health. Our goals are to prevent chronic disease and restore vitality, not just eliminate symptoms.
We are extremely excited to be one of the few practitioners working in this new medical paradigm. Unlike conventional medicine, it is a radical new way of thinking about health and disease. It is not just another treatment protocol, but a way of applying strategies based on the genetic makeup and lifestyle history of each patient as well as internal (mind, body, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect the body’s overall function.
Functional medicine testing can be used to identify:
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Digestive, absorptive and metabolic dysfunction
- Toxic exposures and ability to detoxify
- Inflammatory responses and allergy triggers
- Imbalances in neurotransmitters
- Hormonal, Adrenal and Thyroid imbalances
- Stool and parasite testing
The relationship that we create with each patient is truly a bond. We want to educate and empower each individual and help give them back control of their own health destiny.
“I want to emphasize- this is NOT alternative or integrative medicine. This is a science-based, fundamental change in our way of thinking about health and disease.”
– Mark Hyman