FUNCTIONAL & INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
The Six Key Principals of Integrative Medicine
How does Functional and Integrative medicine differ from conventional medicine?
At Atma Clinic we focus on holistic healthcare using both a Functional and Integrative approach. While functional medicine focuses on creating individualized therapies tailored to treat underlying causes of illness, integrative medicine seeks to understand the individual as a whole and applies many forms of therapy to improve wellness. This leads to an individualized holistic approach for each patient. On the other hand a conventional medicine visit is geared toward making a diagnosis based on the client’s symptoms, and then instituting a treatment plan based on that diagnosis. The conventional medicine visit then focuses mainly on relieving those symptoms rather than treating underlying symptoms.
A great example is metabolic syndrome, often seen as containing the following diseases: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The conventional approach would be to treat these three individually, instead of looking at the body's natural ability to appropriately absorb nutrients and maintain its own gut ecology. So often, people with any of these diagnoses get prescribed medicines that might help one issue but can worsen another. Thus the conventional doctor juggles disease and treatments and, in some cases, simply makes things worse, especially in the long run.
Functional and Integrative medicine believes treating illness is best done by treating the root issues. This also entails focusing on how our upbringing and life experience affects us mentally and physically, and in some cases, in ways very difficult to overcome by ourselves. Having assistance with introspection and treating the root of illness can bring us back into balance for the benefit of our mind, body, and spirit.