Functional Medicine

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Online Functional Medicine Consultation Serving California
Online Functional Medicine Consultation Serving California

Table of Contents:

Who needs functional medicine?
What is a functional medicine assessment?
What happens at a functional medicine appointment?
What is the success rate of functional medicine?

Who needs functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a subset of alternative and complementary medicine which uses evidence-based practices and promotes health and wellness through biochemistry, immune system, and genetic information. Developed in the 1990s, functional medicine bears a lot of similarities to traditional medical treatments, but has several key features that make it different. For one, functional medicine incorporates lifestyle changes into the treatment plan to help enhance the body’s innate healing processes. Plus practitioners of functional medicine are trained to help patients recover from chronic conditions and to look after their overall health.
 
According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, a physician trained in conventional medicine may not be able to effectively treat specific conditions if the treatment plan involves lifestyle changes, this is because traditional treatments can interrupt the body’s natural healing process, whereas functional medicine will encourage physicians to understand how their patient is healing on their own, and employ that knowledge when treating them.
 
Another difference between conventional and functional medicine is that practitioners of the former encourage their patients to make changes to their diet and lifestyle; this is because they can have a great effect on their health and well-being. In addition, physicians of the latter encourage their patients to supplement their diet with high-quality food for nutritional support.

What is a functional medicine assessment?

Functional medicine is a new medical approach that emphasizes personalized treatment based on a patient’s unique biology and pathology. Personalized treatment means that a patient’s healthcare professional will take into account the patient’s gender, age, diet, exercise habits, genetics, and past medical history when treating the patient. A fundamental element of functional medicine is assessing a patient’s health status and creating a treatment plan accordingly.
 
A physician will use the information which has been gathered from a functional medicine assessment to create a more personalized plan of treatment for the patient. For example, a physician treating an athlete with chronic knee pain may first run assessments for thyroid function and gut permeability. These assessments are key because they help determine whether the patient’s symptoms are caused by an underlying health issue or by the effects of exercise. If functional medicine finds that the athlete has any underlying health issues, the treatment plan will be more effective, especially since the physician will know which medications to avoid.
 
On the other hand, if the athlete shows signs of poor health related to poor thyroid function or leaky gut, and our doctor will recommend different treatments to address those issues.

What happens at a functional medicine appointment?

The first thing that will need to be completed before the appointment can commence, is a complete questionnaire that may include questions about your family’s medical history, your personal health, as well as your lifestyle history, diet, medical symptoms, exercise routine, and any traumas.
 
Our medical team will then review your answers to the questionnaire prior to your appointment.
 
During the follow-up appointment, we may request lab tests to be completed to get a better overview of your illness or to ensure we provide the right recommendations and treatments.

What is the success rate of functional medicine?

Our patient’s success rate is partly part of our team but is fully based on the patient’s acceptance of maintaining the appointments and following through with the functional medicine requests. If the patient doesn’t keep themselves responsible, the success rate of the functional medicine program will continue to decline. We will continue to work with our patients to see their success, and we try to ensure each patient is successful with our functional medicine treatments and services; however, the reality of it is, not everyone will be successful.
 
On average, we see a success rate of 80%, with approximately 31% of those patients noticing vast improvements in their physical health scores, and more clinically meaningful changes made to their life. However, almost all of our patients saw some measure of success from the functional medicine program, whether it be in awareness, knowledge, understanding, changing their lifestyles, physical health, emotional health, and mental health.
 
If you are interested in learning more and scheduling your own therapy with our team of specialized staff, and physicians, book a consultation today through our online scheduler. Serving Monterey CA, Marina CA, Castroville CA, Moss Landing CA, Watsonville CA, Freedom CA, Capitola CA, Scotts Valley CA, Carmel CA, Carmel Valley CA, Seaside CA, Pacific Grove CA, Salinas CA, Big Sur CA, and the entirety of California.