What is Functional Medicine?
Learn about Functional Medicine from the Team at Superior Health Experience
Functional medicine is becoming increasingly popular among women across the country. Why? Because functional medicine offers a different approach to healthcare. It’s healthcare that gets to know you and your unique situation. Instead of the one-size-fits-all treatments that have let you down in the past, functional medicine puts you first.
And now you’re wondering, “What is functional medicine?” Maybe you’ve heard about it from a friend or co-worker. This personalized approach to health sounds intriguing. So, while some aspects of functional medicine may seem familiar, other aspects may be new. And that’s OK! Every transformational life choice involves a little bit of the unknown.
But here’s the thing to remember when it comes to functional medicine.
If you have not found relief from your health issues through conventional methods, it is time to try an alternative strategy. Superior Health Experience (SHE) is here to help you understand what functional medicine is all about and how it can improve your overall health.
Continue reading to see what makes functional medicine so powerful. Or, if you’d prefer a video, watch Dr. Michele and Dr. Kate talk about why they stepped away from traditional medicine to start SHE.
The Foundations of Functional Medicine
Women across the country are looking for alternatives to medications, surgeries, and insurance-driven care. The reasons are too many to count: stretched budgets, negative side effects, nagging symptoms, and more.
But functional medicine puts the focus back on the patient. Its main goal is to uncover and treat the root causes of disease, not mask symptoms with more medications. Functional medicine provides a holistic approach to healthcare that considers the patient’s unique needs and addresses the underlying causes of their symptoms.
What can Functional Medicine Treat? Take Fatigue and Brain Fog as Examples
Think about a patient who has symptoms of chronic fatigue and brain fog. In conventional medicine, the patient may be prescribed medications to alleviate these symptoms. The person takes a steady stream of sleep aids and Tylenol.
However, in functional medicine, the practitioner would investigate the underlying causes of these symptoms, such as gut dysfunction, food sensitivities, and hormonal imbalances. By addressing these root causes, the patient’s symptoms can be alleviated naturally, resulting in a better quality of life.
Five Foundations of Functional Medicine
While every functional medicine practitioner has their own unique way of treating patients, the philosophy follows the same foundational guidelines. No matter where you go, functional medicine will usually prioritize personalized wellness, testing and diagnostics, natural remedies, holistic health, and disease prevention.
These foundations ensure that every woman is able to pursue her health goals at SHE.
Functional medicine is a personalized approach to healthcare that considers each patient’s unique needs. Practitioners work with patients to develop customized treatment plans that address their specific health concerns.
Testing and Diagnostics
Functional medicine uses advanced diagnostics to identify underlying causes of health issues. These diagnostics may include tests for food sensitivities, gut health, hormone imbalances, and nutrient deficiencies.
Functional medicine practitioners use natural remedies such as supplements, herbs, and dietary changes to address health issues. These remedies are designed to work with the body’s natural processes, promoting healing and optimal wellness.
Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to healthcare, considering the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This approach acknowledges that health is not just the absence of disease but the presence of vitality and well-being.
Functional medicine aims to prevent chronic disease by identifying and addressing the root causes of health issues before they become chronic. By taking a proactive approach to healthcare, functional medicine can help patients maintain optimal health and prevent future health issues.
The SHE Story Answers “What is Functional Medicine?”
A decade ago, Dr. Michele embarked on a journey into the world of Functional Medicine, questioning everything she had learned during her time as an NP in trauma care. Her daughter, Kate, became her “symptom guinea pig” as Dr. Michele delved into the root causes of every one of her symptoms, no matter how minor.
As Kate grew older, she became increasingly concerned about her health, struggling with issues like hormonal imbalances, miscarriages, and depression. Conventional medicine failed to provide the solutions she needed, and it only made sense that she and her mother would join forces to fill the gap in women’s healthcare.
As their practice expanded, Dr. Michele and Kate realized they were serving a generation of women facing similar challenges, from gut disorders and hypothyroidism to infertility, chronic illness, and anxiety. These women were burnt out and struggling to enjoy what should have been the best time of their lives.
SHE exists to deliver a Superior Health Experience to women by cutting through the noise of unreliable health resources and providing personalized, physiologically appropriate solutions. Dr. Michele and Dr. Kate serve as trusted guides, supporting, teaching, and pushing women to achieve better health, while taking the stress off their shoulders. With a deep understanding of what each woman’s body needs, SHE is committed to providing long-term solutions, not just quick fixes.
When you ask, “What is functional medicine?” know that it’s more than just a dictionary definition. For us, it’s a mission. It’s a calling. It’s a reason to wake up every day to help women embrace peak health.
Intrigued By Functional Medicine? Learn More on a Discovery Call
Functional medicine is an effective alternative to conventional medicine that addresses the root causes of health issues. By taking a personalized, holistic approach, functional medicine can help patients achieve optimal health and prevent chronic disease. If you are interested in learning more about functional medicine and how it can help you, schedule a discovery call with Superior Health Experience today.
We encourage you to take the first step towards optimal health by scheduling a discovery call with SHE. Our team of experienced functional medicine practitioners is here to help you achieve your health goals and live your best life. During the call, we will discuss your health concerns and answer any questions you may have about functional medicine. Together, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.