Bring Your Body Back into Balance
Do you suffer from common symptoms such as frequent colds and flu, fatigue, joint pain, clouded thinking, depression, sleep issues or digestive problems? The western approach is to prescribe medication to treat such symptoms and ignore the root cause. Functional medicine considers these symptoms as significant signs of imbalance and works to find a way to bring the body into balance.
Functional Medicine also uses laboratory tests of blood, saliva, urine and stool but test result ranges are broader. For example, early stage hypothyroidism and associated symptoms can be treated nutritionally by looking at functional lab ranges long before acute hypothyroidism is diagnosed. The Functional approach uses diet and lifestyle changes to treat the patient.
Functional Medicine is used to treat a wide range of conditions such as blood sugar disorders (insulin resistance, hypoglycemia, diabetes), thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroid disease), cardiovascular diseases (high cholesterol, hypertension), hormone imbalances (menopause, menstrual cycle disorders, infertility, andropause), Gastrointestinal disorders (chronic constipation or diarrhea, gas and bloating, acid reflux disease), Autoimmune diseases (Hashimotos, Graves’ Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease), and blood disorders (iron deficiency anemia, B-12 anemia, iron overload disorders), as well as compromised immunity.
Stay tuned for Diane’s next blog which will focus on how Functional Medicine disorders are treated with dietary supplementation.
Call Diane Bousquin, L.Ac. at 619-808-1099 for an evaluation and treatment options today.