Functional Medicine & Acupuncture Explained
Functional Medicine Explained
Functional medicine focuses on the root cause of the disease. This is a systems biology-based approach. Using functional medicine allows us to determine where each symptom is coming from so that we can make the proper diagnosis. In order to take the functional medicine approach, we have to understand the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic diseases.
The acute care approach to medicine does not utilize the correct methodology and tools to prevent and treat complex, chronic disease. That is why we use the functional approach to determine the root cause of your illness, which can lead to a more effective treatment plan.
Addressing the root cause allows practitioners to understand the complexity of a disease. It is possible for one condition to have many causes, and one cause could lead to a variety of conditions. Functional medicine practitioners are trained to find the root cause and determine from there which condition/s are the result of it. Functional medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
In order to form the best treatment plan possible, functional medicine practitioners spend time getting to know their patients and listening to their medical history. Practitioners also look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. Functional medicine is patient centered care that promotes health as a positive necessity, not just the absence of disease.
Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with alternative or integrative medicine. This creates a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
The following conditions can be treated with Functional Medicine:
• Mental Health
• Autoimmunity and Pain
• Digestive Health
• Weight Management and Metabolic Health
• Women’s Health
• Skin Health
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been in use for over 3,000 years. Eastern medicine views the body as a whole – the mind, body, spirit, and external world are all connected and influence you.
Acupuncture is the process of strategically inserting hair-thin needles in acupoints that correspond with the patient’s condition. There is a system of networks known as meridians in the body that may be blocked by stress, trauma, and/or disease. The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body’s self-healing abilities within the meridians. Restoring homeostasis within the meridians will restore healthy function, resolve symptoms and prevent disease.
Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate nerves and connective tissue which results in positive effects on the nervous system. This causes the body to produce its own natural chemicals to improve pain relief and reduce inflammation. This also releases neurotransmitters that create a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. Acupuncture has demonstrated to regulate and improve the function of nerve transmission, metabolic components carried in blood and oxygen, hormones, neurotransmitters, and nutrients.
According to the World Health Organization, the following conditions can be treated with acupuncture:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Allergic Rhinitis
• Headaches and Migraines
• IBS and Constipation
• Low Back Pain
• Post Operative Pains
• Knee Osteoarthritis
• Stress Management
• Chemotherapy induced Nausea and Vomiting
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