Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
Functional Medicine practitioners are trained in ordering and interpreting appropriate diagnostic labs. Values are interpreted differently than traditional medicine, with the goal of a lab value not just being “normal" but optimal. Some of the most common testing ordered includes:
Dysfunction found on lab testing is combined with a detailed history of the patient to develop an appropriate clinical approach.
The patient’s biochemistry is then balanced naturally, which often entails dietary changes, supplementation to give the body support it needs basing on diagnostic testing, stress management techniques, and exercise.
Adrenal Dysfunction Fixed with Functional Medicine
Christy struggled with energy, low blood pressure, weight gain, in addition to a multitude of other symptoms. She was ingesting 7000 mg of sodium just to prevent her from passing out. After lab testing it was found she had adrenal dysfunction, and within 2 weeks was off of all caffeine, most sodium, and feeling so much better. Hear her story here.