Why I Trust Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine

The Functional Medicine Approach

"The body will heal itself, by itself, given half the chance".

This is the foundation functional medicine is built upon.

The functional medicine approach really boils down to either adding or taking away some substance, whatever is pushing imbalance on the body so that the body can do what it was designed to do, which is tada... function properly.

At the root of functional medicine is finding the root cause (okay, pun was intended).

So take for instance, my sub-specialization, achieving optimal skin health through balancing the gut microbiome & improving liver function. Skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosecia are not diagnoses. They are symptoms. They are a reflection of what’s happening inside the body, on a deeper level. With my clients, I explore ways that their internal conditions are being reflected and causing external skin imbalances. The internal imbalances are generally gut dysbiosis or inadequate flushing of toxins.

Another example would be a client who is experiencing depression or anxiety. There may be a chemical imbalance, but what’s causing that chemical imbalance? There's a high likelihood that its being caused by an imbalance in the gut microbiome, because that’s where a lot of our feel good neurotransmitters are manufactured.

Let’s say you’re experiencing digestive issues, and your doctor tells you you have IBS (which until recently was viewed as a psycho-emotional condition, meaning doctors believed that the conditions their patients were experiencing were a result of mental instability). Well, IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome. What the heck does that even mean? That is NOT a diagnosis. That is a symptom. Something is irritating the digestive tract, but that could be CAUSED by so many things : parasites, heavy metal or environmental toxicity, food sensitivities, periods of high stress, or SIBO the #1 cause of IBS.

So where functional medicine treats root causes over symptoms, conventional medicine aims to diagnose and treat symptoms. What functional medicine understands is that if we were to treat symptoms only, the imbalance never goes away, and in fact, it's likely to become even more out of balance.

So my goal, and every practitioner of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Oriental Medicine, functional medicine and naturopathy, aim to get the body back into balance, usually through diet, lifestyle changes, or adding herbs / natural remedies to make sure that each system is working correctly. We understand that if one part of the body is not functioning properly, its highly likely that another system is or will eventually also become dysfunctional.

Have you worked with a practitioner similar to those listed above? What was your experience like? If you're looking for a practitioner, let's chat!

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