Functional Medicine - Benefits and Treatment
You feel exhausted all the time. You’re having trouble sleeping. You’re gaining weight for no reason and you feel cold all the time. You go to your doctor and explain your symptoms. They run a blood panel and in a week you get the results—“You’re perfectly healthy”. What is going on? You know you aren’t feeling your best. You know something is off and yet your regular doctor says everything “looks fine”. Has this happened to you? If this is something you’re dealing with, functional medicine may be able to finally give you the answers you’re looking for.
As a holistic medicine physician, Dr. Jacqueline Chan focuses on treating the root cause of your symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves. Functional medicine provides a unique, all-encompassing approach to medical care, which allows our team to be able to prevent and treat more complicated chronic diseases. You’ll also find that Dr. Chan takes more time with each of her patients. It’s important to understand every facet of a patient’s life, from their diet and exercise routine to their work environment and past traumas. Everything has an impact on your health and by digging down deep we can often get the answers we need.
The three main components that can affect your health include your genetics (inherited conditions and diseases), your lifestyle (this includes your diet, exercise and other habits) and environment (e.g. toxin exposure). Functional medicine is incredibly effective for managing chronic conditions in a way that traditional medicine can’t.
That’s because functional medicine understands how complex conditions can be and how dysfunction within one system or organ can cause symptoms and dysfunction elsewhere in the body. By restoring the body as a whole we can improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Anyone can benefit from functional medicine. It can be ideal for healthy individuals who are looking to safeguard their health and prevent problems in the first place, while it can also be ideal for patients dealing with complex chronic disorders that aren’t responding to traditional approaches. This includes,
- Migraines and headaches
- Digestive disorders (e.g. diverticulosis; irritable bowel syndrome)
- Metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes)
- Heart disease and high blood pressure
- Autoimmune disorders (e.g. celiac disease; rheumatoid arthritis; lupus)
- Thyroid disorders and other hormonal conditions
- Dermatological problems such as eczema
To learn more about functional medicine call Marin Natural Medicine Center at (415) 945-3213 or Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery of Marin at (415) 785-8652 to schedule a consultation.