Functional medicine - What is it?
Functional medicine is holistic medicine – it addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of poor health, and views the body as one integrated system, not merely a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. While it may be necessary to manage one's symptoms, ultimately the issues have to be addressed at the root cause in order to be resolved.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic system that has been practiced continuously for over 3000 years. Integrating modern western medical science into this framework is an easy next step, and this blending of paradigms has been taking place in the east for several decades now. Our training in integrative medicine begins the first day of TCM medical school. For both Leslie and Nicole, this layered onto a strong foundation of western medicine prior to TCM school, and has continued to grow over the many combined years we've been in practice.
Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence health and optimal function. This way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
The tools used in functional medicine include the wide array of lab testing now available, along with focused nutritional support, vitamins and supplements, herbal medicine, pharmaceuticals when needed, along with lifestyle counseling and, of course, acupuncture! Everything needed to keep you functioning at your best!