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Functional Medicine Could Hold the Answers to Your Healing
Functional medicine is something that few people are aware of as a possibility. Visiting a traditional family doctor is the usual course of action that people take when feeling unwell. While there certainly are occasions to do so, the truth is that there are other available treatment options that extend far beyond the realm of traditional Western medicine and the pharmaceutical products that most physicians prescribe.
In our office, we use clinical nutrition and offer patients natural alternatives and medical food products that can be just as effective as these traditional treatments.
Why people try functional medicine
Many patients visit us because they are exhausted with taking prescription drugs only to feel that they must continue taking prescriptions and sometimes see very few results by doing so. In other words, people visit us because they want alternative options and they want improved results.
Other patients visit us because they are satisfied with the prescriptions they are taking but not satisfied with the negative side effects. The unfortunate reality of pharmaceuticals is that since they are not natural, many patients suffer random side effects that are completely unrelated to the initial health problem they sought treatment for.
Just watch any commercial on television for a new drug and the long list of side effects is sure to give a person pause. Fortunately, the natural remedies we offer patients do not have the dangerous side effects that pharmaceuticals do. Since they are all natural, patients have the ability to experience relief without the side effects.
Examples of alternative treatments
When it comes to functional medicine, we take time to identify the solutions we find to be the most effective for each individual patient. Therefore, the medication we recommend for one person could be entirely different from the next. With that in mind, here are a few examples of alternative treatments that can be just as effective as pharmaceuticals.
Garlic can produce a component called allicin which has been proven to be effective at lowering cholesterol. There are a variety of health and nutritional benefits associated with the consumption of garlic. We will be happy to discuss all of the benefits with you during a consultation.
2. Fish oil
Some people find that taking a fish oil supplement can help to regulate their mood. Since omega-3 fatty acids are good for heart health, taking this type of supplement could have numerous physical and emotional benefits.
Those who are suffering from inflammation may consider adding turmeric to their diet or taking a turmeric supplement. Both can be effective in reducing inflammation and improving health.
These are just three basic examples of how nutrition can help in ways that are just as effective as pharmaceuticals and help to improve the patient's overall health.
Promoting health in the musculoskeletal system
One area of the body that often gets overlooked when it comes to issues of health is the musculoskeletal system. Thus, it is important to keep in mind that the nerves for the body run through the spinal cord. If it is out of alignment, it is highly likely that a person will suffer from a variety of health problems in addition to reduced mobility, swelling and pain. For that reason, we will examine a person's spinal health at the same time that we complete the initial physical examination.
Visit our office if you are seeking answers
Too many people give up on their health after becoming fed up with visiting physicians only to hear the same advice that does not work. If you are one of these people, there is hope. We offer a new approach to health care. Functional medicine is about using natural solutions to produce positive health results. Take the time to call our office and schedule an appointment so that you can improve your health today.