Naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, and massage therapists are essential providers in the Functional medicine approach to care. By using a collaborative model, practitioners at Integrative Acupuncture can work together to provide a well rounded treatment plan for your health concerns.
How It Differs from Standard Care
Western medical practice is fantastic at acute-care, but frequently falls short when it comes to mitigating the onset and progression of chronic disease. The developed world, especially the United States, has been experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who are diagnosed with complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders. Thankfully, this is where Functional medicine shines!
Functional medicine practitioners take on these complex cases by focusing upstream, specifically on the triggers of a diagnosed condition. They review your entire health history, your unique presentation of symptoms, and your lifestyle using, bringing together this information to understand both the physical and mental aspects that have affected your health. Frequently, in depth lab work is also utilized to gain a better understanding of the body’s cellular and metabolic function.
This approach is patient-centered, promoting health through a broad approach. Treatment plans include collaboration with various providers focusing on nutrition, stress management, detoxification programs, exercise, pain management, and more specific support either with pharmaceuticals or natural alternatives. In this way, practitioners of Functional Medicine promote health by giving patients the information and confidence they need to reach their health related goals.