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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a revolutionary approach to healthcare that dives deep into the root causes of chronic illness. Functional Medicine uses a scientific and systematic approach to identifying physiologic imbalances and dysfunction in the body and asks not only what, but why?

 

Why does someone have high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic reflux or eczema? Functional medicine seeks the answers to these questions much like an experienced detective on a crime scene. We look at the obvious clues but we also dive into the not-so-obvious causes of disease.

 

Functional medicine is fundamentally patient-based, not disease-based. We look at the underlying imbalances in the physiology of each individual in order to correct whatever disease or dysfunction may be manifesting as a result.

What can Functional Medicine treat?

Functional Medicine treats a wide array of chronic conditions. Amy Shouse has a particular focus on chronic digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, thyroid conditions and women’s health. The best way to determine if functional medicine is right for you is to schedule an initial patient appointment with Amy.

What can Functional Medicine do for me?

Functional Medicine treats a wide array of chronic conditions. Amy Shouse has a particular focus on chronic digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, thyroid conditions and women’s health. The best way to determine if functional medicine is right for you is to schedule an initial patient appointment with Amy.

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves the stress response
  • Improves metabolism
  • Balances the hormones
What are the overall benefits of Functional Medicine?
  • Optimal aging, not just anti-aging
  • Reduced costs
  • Real detection of disease and dysfunction
  • Reduced pain and suffering
  • A greater enjoyment for life
How does Functional Medicine work?

The first step is a thorough intake and history-taking. We will look at previous blood tests or medical records to see what has been done or not done to address the main concerns. We will do lab testing that is determined based on the individual needs and concerns of each patient. Nutrition, physiotherapy or supplemental recommendations will be tailored to the individual as needed.

How long are Functional Medicine appointments?

Each appointment lasts an hour.

How many appointments do you typically need to treat conditions?

Functional Medicine appointment needs vary based on the condition or concern. For those with chronic, long-standing issues, we will start with at least 6-10 appointments over the course of 3-6 months. For those with more acute, short-term issues, we may only need 2-3 appointments over the course of several weeks.

What do the actual treatments entail? Is it a physical manipulation medicine?

Functional Medicine appointments do not include physical medicine or physiotherapy. They are consultation-based appointments where we will discuss options for testing, protocols for healing and review of progress.

Do you use Functional Medicine in conjunction with other Eastern or Western therapies?

Yes. Functional Medicine is a good adjunct to your current health regimen or goals. The benefit of FM is that is will go deep and cover many bases. No stone is left unturned. This can be a great addition to other modalities because you know that you will be doing all you can for your health.

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