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Functional Medicine

What is it?

Functional Medicine is the medicine of the future. It is Chinese Medicine at its finest. It is science-based, patient-centered medicine, focused on the whole patient and their overall health. At its core is the empowerment of the patient, achieved through thorough assessment of history, concerns and individualized goals. We will work with you to get to the root cause of your concerns, respecting the complex interconnectedness of the body’s systems. We look at the why and the what - why did the concerns develop in the first place, and what is going on internally. Your care plan will complement the work we do in-office with tools for lifestyle change and nutritional recalibration. This may include exploring what feedback loop systems are not working as well as they should, what receptor sites are not performing up to par, or what nutrients you are lacking in your diet. Our ultimate goal will be to bring you back to your personal equilibrium. Functional Medicine relies on partnership; we welcome each patient into the community of support we’ve built over 15 years of practice. 

Starting at the Root

At the root of many chronic symptoms are the adrenal glands. Abnormal adrenal function can affect everything from your energy to your sleep patterns. The adrenals secrete a steroid hormone called cortisol which fluctuates throughout the day. It should be the highest in the morning to give us energy and drop down throughout the day. People who have difficulty waking in the morning, trouble falling asleep or low energy throughout the day may have adrenal rhythm issues and/or poor blood sugar control. Through lifestyle changes, acupuncture, herbal and nutritional support we can correct these patterns.

What can Functional Medicine help you achieve?

Functional Medicine can help whether you are looking to address specific concerns or just looking to be proactive in your health and build tools for maintaining balance. We have seen great results helping patients with:

  • Hormonal Imbalance

  • Infertility

  • Chronic Stress

  • Poor Energy

  • Muscle/Joint Pain

  • GI Issues

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Irritibility

  • Auto Immune Issues

  • Sleep Disturbances

  • Poor Memory

  • Inflammatory Conditions

  • Weight Issues

  • Chronic Pain

  • Adrenal Fatigue

  • Metabolic Syndrome

  • Blood Sugar Control

  • Thyroid Dysfunction

Who qualifies as a Functional Medicine practitioner?

The Institute for Functional Medicine oversees a rigorous, standardized education and certification system that takes years to complete. We have invested in this certification in order to provide the most comprehensive service for our patients, as well as have access to the most current research, innovation and clinical practice guidelines within this field.  We encourage you to explore this resource further for more insight and references. 

The 6 principles of

Functional Medicine

1. Acknowledging the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness

2. Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment;

3. Seeking a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit

4. Addressing the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors;

5.    Identification of health as a positive vitality - not merely the absence of disease - and emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology;

6.    Promoting organ resilience as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient. (1)

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