Conventional western medicine has made some amazing advancements in the last century. Yet, the system has problems as well, and too often leaves patients dependent on the healthcare system. Functional medicine offers a different approach to illness, health, well-being, and quality of life.
At Family Acupuncture and Wellness, our staff understands that there’s more to good health than alleviating symptoms. Led by Adam Learner, L.Ac., we work with you to help you enjoy the best health possible.
The differences between functional medicine and conventional western medicine are in some ways subtle and in others more obvious. In this post, we explore how functional medicine differs from what you may be used to in healthcare, as well as what you can expect when you come to our office for care.
Have you ever felt like a pinball in the machine that is healthcare, rather than a human person seeking help for a problem? The feeling that you’re a number, or a disease, or set of symptoms is uncomfortable and can be unsettling, but is too common in many conventional healthcare settings.
One of the biggest differences in the way that functional medicine is delivered is that you, the patient, are at the center of everything that happens. And, we understand that you are much more than the sum of your symptoms.
One of the first things you can expect from functional medicine is to be asked lots of questions. Our staff works to gather information about you that can help us understand why you may be experiencing symptoms. We ask about your family medical history, your personal medical history, your diet, lifestyle, habits, hobbies, work, and more in an effort to put together the whole picture of your health.
We may also draw blood, so that we can analyze any deficits that may be contributing to your symptoms. This information is crucial in helping us create a plan, tailored to address your specific issues within the context of your individual life.
We create your treatment plan with you, making recommendations based on our expertise and training but taking your concerns and lifestyle into account. In a patient-centered environment, you’re a partner in your own care.
Not all of our services are likely to be part of your plan, but some of them probably will be. For example, many of our patients benefit from herbal medicine. Chinese medicine is ancient, and most of the herbs employed work to improve your body’s immune response rather than suppressing your symptoms.
Acupuncture is another element of Chinese medicine that many of our patients find beneficial. All of our acupuncturists are highly trained and exceptionally skilled, so you’re likely to find the experience far more pleasant than you expect — not to mention that it is very likely to improve your health.
We may also suggest:
- Nutritional counseling
- Weight loss counseling
- Developing an exercise program
Our goal is to help you heal, so that you can enjoy a higher quality of life. If you’d like to learn more about functional medicine, or our services, schedule an appointment today. We’d love to talk to you about your individual circumstances.