What does an integrative and functional medicine consultation evaluate?
From the Institute for Functional Medicine: "The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual."
Our physicians believe that that cutting edge science can only be applied with a thorough understanding of you as an individual. We use the latest technology in functional medicine by apply The Living Matrix to identify key areas of your life, habits, and genetic makeup that make you vulnerable to disease. We get to know you as an individual to suggest lifestyle changes to increase your resilience to disease. We believe that ultimate wellness lives in a fully realized self, encompassing your physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
Both of our physicians are graduates of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. We will work with you as your partner in the healing process on your journey toward health and wellness.
What are the Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine?
According to Dr. William Cole from the Institute for Functional Medicine, there are five defining features of Functional Medicine:
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