Are you tired of taking handfuls of pills in the hope of relieving your symptoms? Do you have a number of symptoms, but have been unable to receive a proper diagnosis? Are you tired of being just another face in the crowd at your doctor’s office? If you answered yes to any of these questions, functional medicine may be the answer you have been looking for.
If you are ready to finally find the underlying cause of your symptoms and find relief, we are here to help! Rose Wellness’s functional medicine doctors provide life changing care. Learn why functional medicine is right for you and the top seven ways it can transform your life into one of health and wellness.
Approximately 60 percent of American adults suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and kidney disease may be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle choices.
Functional medicine is very proactive and begins by educating patients on the importance of healthy living. Through education and coaching, patients are able to improve their health and delay or prevent future diseases. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on prescription medications, patients can save money by being proactive in their health.
Determining the Root Cause Rather than Treating Symptoms
Functional medicine is a scientifically backed, patient centered medical approach offering individualized care to patients. Your functional medicine doctor works alongside you to determine the underlying causes of your health problems. A variety of health assessments and laboratory tests are used in conjunction with looking at your lifestyle choices, your genetic make up, and your health history to get to the root of what is causing your illness.
Functional medicine is unlike conventional medicine. Conventional medicine treats the symptoms of an illness rather than determining what caused the disease in the first place. Alternately, functional medicine looks for the common triggers known to increase the risk of developing a health issue. For example, chronic stress, a sedentary lifestyle, a poor diet, and toxin exposure are all known to increase the risk of disease.
Realizing that educating and empowering their patients results in an improved quality of life, functional medical doctors start with the basics. When you visit, your doctor explains how your choices impact your overall health. You learn how to incorporate antioxidant foods into your diet to nourish the body and improve your immune system. Additionally, you learn how stress management techniques, such as mindfulness, help reduce stress and improve outcomes.
Functional medicine is patient centered and seeks to ensure each patient understands their diagnosis. All laboratory test findings are discussed in detail. A variety of herbal supplements and medications may be recommended, based on your unique needs. Similarly, your functional medicine practitioner will ensure you know when to take your medication, the proper dosage of each, and anything you should watch for like side effects.
Using the latest scientific discoveries along with traditional medicine, functional medicine creates a customized plan for each patient. This multi-pronged approach allows practitioners to treat the patient as a whole rather than just treating the symptoms. A variety of techniques may be incorporated to attack disease or illness on all fronts.
This approach may include prescription medications, vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements. A detoxification program and integrative medicine techniques like chiropractic care and acupuncture may be recommended. Likewise, stress management techniques, dietary changes, increased physical activity, and the importance of sleep will be discussed and added to your personalized regimen.
Personalized Health Care
We know everyone has a slightly different genetic make up and requires a customized plan that addresses every aspect of an individual’s life. Additionally, individuals enjoy different types of food, experience varying degrees of stress, and have different physical activity levels, all of which impact their health and are considered when creating a personalized treatment plan.
We want to get to know you inside and out. We want to know your complete life story from birth to the present. This information creates a personalized health plan based on your unique needs. Unlike conventional doctors, who are only in a patient’s room for a couple of minutes, functional doctors spend an hour or longer during the patient’s initial appointment to take a complete medical history, discuss your current lifestyle, and explain your labwork or test results thoroughly.
Scientifically Proven Protocols
Many people think that functional medicine is simply a fancy name for herbal medicine; however, functional medicine utilizes scientifically proven methods to determine the root cause of a patient’s condition. Functional medical doctors collect data about the patient and use the latest laboratory and imaging tests to develop a treatment plan.
Similarly, a patient’s biochemical make up, genetics, physiology, health history, and lifestyle choices are all taken into account. At each appointment, your doctor will discuss the progress of their treatment plan, its effectiveness in relieving symptoms, and how your body is responding to the changes you are making.
When it comes to the treatment options available, functional medicine offers a broad variety of options. For example, if a patient is suffering from diabetes, a functional doctor not only looks at insulin and prescription medications, but may recomment apple cider vinegar, vitamin D, cinnamon, and other supplements. Likewise, they look at inflammatory markers, and how well the pancreas is functioning. Also, the doctor will identify any hormone imbalances. Each of these may indicate the root cause of a disease.
Functional medicine uses a variety of treatment methods including:
- Compounded medications
- Natural supplements
- Herbal remedies
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Health coaching
- Dietary adjustments
- Stress management
- Detoxification programs
- Lifestyle modifications
- Prescription medications when needed
Why Is Functional Medicine Right For You?
Functional medicine doctors create a customized plan based on all aspects of your life. This holistic branch of medicine allows healthcare professionals to work alongside their patients to determine the root cause of illness and disease.
Once the triggers have been identified, your functional doctor develops a program that rejuvenates the body, enhances the immune system, and reduces symptoms. This integrative methodology is designed to restore health and improve the outcomes of patients’ illnesses and diseases.
Whether you have been diagnosed with an illness or want to prevent it from occurring, we are here to help! Our team of integrative specialists uses the latest scientific discoveries along with age old proven natural remedies to boost immunity, prevent disease, and improve outcomes.