When it comes to women’s health, ‘functional medicine‘ is a buzz word that has gained attention and essentially means taking a natural approach that focuses on the person as a whole and overall well-being. Sometimes referred to as integrative medicine, functional medicine does not focus on a group of symptoms, but rather the patient and what may be missing or lacking for the body to function optimally, or at its best. This is vital particularly when addressing women’s health issues such as infertility or other problems.
Just like Chinese medicine, functional medicine is grounded in finding causes, not by treating symptoms. It’s medicine that addresses more than just where the issue is in your body but how the issue manifests across core mechanisms throughout your body. The goal is to find the underlying mechanism and how we can address the root cause. It does not require the presence of disease in order to have an imbalance, just as patients can feel unwell while still presenting as “normal” in lab testing or medical evaluation. This goal of this approach is prevention. It allows us to strategize how to avoid illness, rather than responding only when one is diagnosed.
We Use a Variety of Techniques to Improve your Health
My technique is to combine functional medicine, when needed, with your Chinese medical diagnosis to determine the exact nutrients, herbs and nutritional changes needed to re-establish balance and restore health.
The comprehensive analysis is done through lab tests, which can detail rate of bone loss, food allergies, malabsorption, adrenal fatigue, hormone panels, digestive imbalance and autoimmune shifts. Based on the results of the tests, I am able to develop personalized patient specific treatment protocols designed to reverse, stop, or prevent the disease and its related symptoms. These protocols include everything from acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to nutritional and lifestyle counseling. The beauty of using Western medical testing is that we will re-test to evaluate your progress and the efficacy of my treatments.