Functional MedicineColumbus, OH
Functional medicine can provide you with insight into how you may have developed a health condition and what you can do to treat its underlying cause. Our team uses functional medicine to empower and provide you with the education you need to reduce your risk for future health problems. Functional medicine is a science-based approach to health care that evaluates whole-body health, identifying the root causes of issues to help you achieve improved overall function.
Functional medicine treatment is available at Pinkham Medical in Columbus and the surrounding area. We provide an array of services that can accurately identify the reasons you may be experiencing poor health, whether it stems from genetics, environment, or lifestyle. Our team will work closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you feel better and achieve your unique health goals.
Call Pinkham Medical at 614-343-0145 to request a functional medicine appointment and to discuss our other available health services.
An Overview of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine is a whole-person approach to health care that focuses on identifying and treating the root cause of poor health or a specific condition. This branch of medicine involves an extensive review of one’s genetics, lifestyle, and environment that may be causing or exacerbating an illness or disease.
In functional medicine, our team works closely with patients to help them modify harmful lifestyle behaviors causing the condition. We then provide specialized treatment to those who may be suffering from nutritional deficiencies and other maladies associated with their genetic background. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that an estimated four in 10 U.S. adults use complementary health care such as functional medicine.
The Benefits of Functional Medicine
Due to the way it addresses the root cause of health problems, functional medicine offers a vast number of far-reaching benefits. Many chronic health conditions are caused by environmental influences and lifestyle behaviors that can be controlled by the patient.
Functional medicine teaches patients how to take control of their own health through techniques including:
- Stress management
- Reduced exposure to toxins
Diet and exercise can play a crucial part in one's health. A study published in Comprehensive Physiology cited that lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases in the U.S. and that regular physical activity can reduce mortality by 30%.
Services Included in Functional Medicine
Doctors who practice functional medicine use an array of services that help them determine and identify the root cause of an illness or disease. We may also use lab tests to identify nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, and genetic variants affecting a patient’s health. Diet and nutrition counseling are also often included in functional medicine.
We may combine these with other alternative therapies, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional supplements. With the proper combination of treatment methods, we can help address the root causes of various health problems.
Call Us Today
Functional medicine is a safe, evidence-based approach to health care that can treat a wide range of chronic diseases and medical conditions. To schedule a functional medicine appointment, call our office today at 614-343-0145.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is functional medicine different from conventional medicine?
Functional medicine focuses on identifying the root cause of illness and disease, so the problem can be eliminated or prevented. Conversely, conventional medicine focuses on treating symptoms and managing the disease rather than eliminating it and preventing it from recurring. The former focuses on whole-person health, while the latter focuses mainly on the disease and its symptoms.
How will a functional medicine doctor determine the root cause of my illness?
Doctors will perform a thorough evaluation of a patient’s medical history, lifestyle, genetics, and environment to determine the root cause of an illness. For instance, the National Institutes of Health reports that 45% of deaths from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes are associated with poor nutrition. Therefore, we can thoroughly evaluate a patient’s nutrition and work closely with them to make healthy, permanent dietary changes that prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Can I stop seeing my primary care physician?
Functional medicine is a specialty branch of medicine typically composed of doctors who are licensed to practice alternative therapies such as acupuncture, herbalism, and nutrition. These doctors may not have standalone practices or be licensed to provide general healthcare services. Many patients are encouraged to keep seeing their primary care physicians while receiving this type of specialty care.
How long does the treatment take with functional medicine?
The length of treatment will be different for each patient, depending on factors such as the severity of the medical condition and adherence to healthy lifestyle practices that can improve the condition. For instance, chronic fatigue can be driven by hormonal imbalances, food sensitivities, and hidden infections. Doctors will often use an integrative approach to address these root causes, which may take several months or years, depending on the treatment methods being used.
Will I have to drastically change my lifestyle for treatment?
While the treatment may require some lifestyle changes, the number of changes in one's life will vary per patient. We will help patients to understand the importance of these changes and how they need to proceed. By maintaining these lifestyle changes after the initial treatment, the patient can continue to live a healthier lifestyle.
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