INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

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Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine vs Traditional Medicine

Dating back centuries, traditional medicine has been used to treat a plethora of ailments, conditions and injuries. It’s been centered on modern science, pharmaceutical drugs, surgical procedures and medical technology, but it doesn’t focus on finding the root cause of illness, so the problem can be eliminated.  

At Advanced Skin Fitness, we take a more effective and holistic approach to treating patients by implementing integrative and functional medicine to promote overall healing and health. We consider each individual patient, and correct imbalances that could interfere with the patient’s wellness.  

How does functional medicine use bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the safe process of naturally replacing the loss of hormones in men and women with bio-identical ones that are chemically identical to the hormones that the body produces. A decline in these hormones can cause an imbalance that can result in fatigue, obesity, hair loss, insomnia, anxiety, skin aging, loss of libido and more.  

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can help restore overall health and vitality.  To customize your care plan, we perform hormone and genetic tests to guide therapy, encourage significant changes in life-style, and incorporate medical-grade supplements and bio-identical hormones.  

Restoration of optimal hormone levels will be tailored to each individual, and functional medicine recognizes that there is no “cookie-cutter” plan that works for everyone.  Restoring hormonal balance can help reduce the risk of chronic disease. In addition, patients are able to bypass the negative side effects and health risks that can be associated with traditional synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy.

How does integrative medicine reduce and eliminate heavy metal toxicity?

Heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic are elements that are present in the environment. Chronic exposure to these hazardous elements can potentially cause toxicity in the body and threaten the proper function of the organs, particularly the liver, kidneys, lungs, cardiovascular system, bones, endocrine glands and central nervous system.

Functional medicine allows testing for heavy metal toxicity, and may include a detoxification protocol to eliminate the dangerous toxins from the body. This process involves using a multi-level strategy that supports overall healing. With detoxification, proper nutrition, and other anti-aging techniques, vitality can be maintained in each patient.

How does functional medicine improve or reverse food sensitivities?

Functional medicine incorporates food sensitivity testing to determine the cause of adverse physical reactions to certain foods. These reactions range from anxiety, depression, joint pain, asthma, acne, bad breath, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, bloating, brain fog, hyperactivity, puffy eyes and face, difficulty losing weight and interference with proper absorption of nutrients.

Gluten sensitivity is the most prevalent of known food sensitivities, but can be difficult to detect without the proper testing.  We can run a comprehensive panel to detect gluten sensitivity and to begin healing the body, instead of just treating the symptoms.

How can integrative medicine improve Gut health?

The standard American diet has wreaked havoc on the gut health of most Americans.  Improving gut health begins with determining the root cause of one’s symptoms, which may be due to gut diseases like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD- Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), chronic constipation and diarrhea from dysbiosis.

Through integrative medicine we can pinpoint causes of gut conditions which are causing one’s symptoms.   Once we identify the source, we can take measures to eliminate the condition.

How does Integrative Medicine repair imbalances in the adrenals and thyroid?

The adrenal glands produce adrenaline and cortisol, while the thyroid glands are responsible for regulating the metabolism, body temperature and growth. When the adrenal glands and thyroid glands aren’t functioning properly, the imbalance may lead to a host of symptoms including fatigue, arthritis, stress, nutrient deficiencies, frequent infections, autoimmunity and other hormonal imbalances.

Testing cortisol levels and thyroid function and optimizing these hormones can significantly improve one’s energy, sleep quality, and sense of well-being.   Treatment may involve hormone replacement, adjustment in the diet, IV nutrient infusion, stress management or other lifestyle changes.  

How does functional medicine address mental health?

Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that are responsible for sending signals to the nerves, muscles, many body organs and intestinal tract.  A deficiency or imbalance of neurotransmitters can result in symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety and addictive behavior, just to name a few.  Neurotransmitter testing is available which can guide us in determining the proper therapeutic approach for an individual to help them feel themselves again.  

How does Integrative medicine use IV nutrient infusions?

IV nutrient infusion allows us to immediately deliver vital vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants to the body’s tissues, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract which allows variable absorption depending on its state of health.  Amino acids are the building blocks of our body’s proteins, and antioxidants serve to protect our cells from free radical damage. IV nutrient infusions can serve as an adjunct to other functional and anti-aging techniques that help our bodies function better on a cellular level.  We can also provide customized infusions to help with dehydration, cold and flu symptoms, migraines, detox, and hangover relief. Contact us to find out how IV infusions can be incorporated into your personal wellness plan.

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