What Is Functional Medicine And Can It Help You?
Functional Medicine...what could be more personal?
Everyone of us is unique, our illnesses are unique, our symptoms are unique, their causes are unique, shouldn't our treatments be unique?
Unlike conventional medicine that typically treats the disease or dysfunction (the symptoms) with drugs that are matched with the problem, functional medicine treats the the individual, and is having great success in the field of chronic illnesses.
A chronic condition is a persistent and long lasting physical condition, and according to the CDC, 6 in 10 adult Americans have at least one chronic disease, while 4 in 10 have 2 or more. Chronic conditions can be painful, disabling and affect your quality of life. Some examples of chronic conditions are:
- high blood pressure
- depression or anxiety
- Crohn's disease
- Thyroid conditions
- and many others
While oftentimes conventional medicine doesn't have a cure for a chronic condition, you may be offered a prescription that can "manage" the symptoms, but in the end, you will need to live with it. On the other hand, Functional medicine will seek out the root cause, why the condition is occurring, which often has to do with lifestyle, so the underlying problem can be treated.
How is Functional medicine different?
- Functional medicine treats the the cause of the problem...why is it happening? Things like genetics, nutrition, activity, imbalances, and stress are carefully looked at. Once it's determined what is causing the symptoms, a personalized plan is developed to help you get back to your best health.
- Functional medicine is all about testing and understanding your body, why it's acting the way it is, and what will make it function better.
- Functional medicine is not prescription based, the plan that is developed for you will take a holistic approach, one that will treat your condition naturally.
- Functional medicine practitioners spend a great deal of time with their patients, getting to know them, their histories, their lifestyle and anything else that is relevant.
Is Functional medicine right for you?
It is if: you tired of living with a chronic condition like the ones I listed above, you're looking for answers, your medical doctor has been unable to help you, and you are willing to make lifestyle changes to change the health you're in.