What Functional Medicine is:
Functional medicine is a systematic approach to medically unexplained symptoms that can help you sort out conditions like chronic headache, chronic dizziness, chronic cough, chronic pruritis, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, gas bloat, chronic tightness in the throat, chronic constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, chronic myalgia and arthralgia, chronic paresthesia.
A functional medicine approach to evaluating and treating chronic symptoms often improves quality of life related to prevalent medical conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Many of the functional medicine treatments consist of changing your internal environment, under your skin and changing your immediate external environment.
Sometimes the functional medical evaluation uncovers information which suggests PTSD, damaged emotions, damaged relationships, addiction, alcohol abuse, self abuse which need outside evaluation and treatment.
What Functional Medicine is Not:
Functional medicine is generally not covered by your insurance coverage. A functional medicine workup is not a substitute for diagnostic workups looking for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions, Addison’s disease.
Will Functional Medicine Help Me?
Yes. The functional medicine approach will give you more information about yourself and information about your self care. Such self knowledge is helpful and powerful.