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Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine

Integrative Medicine refers to a practice of medicine that is based on a physician-patient partnership in which both conventional and alternative modalities are used to stimulate the body's natural healing potential.

Focusing on the whole person, Integrative Medicine is structured by evidence, and uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Quite simply, Integrative medicine combines state-of-the-art medical treatment with carefully selected, evidenced-based complementary therapies.

Both of our Integrative medicine physicians are trained in Functional Medicine, which is defined by the Institute of Functional Medicine as” an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the Healthcare needs of the 21st century…….By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and evaluating the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.”

Functional medicine deals with understanding the origins, as well as the treatment, of chronic, complex diseases. Functional medicine also stresses the prevention of disease. It integrates traditional, Western medical practices with other, alternative medicine practices, and thus has come to be called Integrative Medicine.

Functional, Integrative medicine focuses on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

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