Performance Health and Wellness — Irvine Functional Medicine
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a patient-centered form of healthcare that is based on a set of principles that identify the body as being designed to function as an interconnected system. The body relies on every system to be performing harmoniously, in order for it to regulate its functions for optimal performance. When one system fails, the entire flow is interrupted causing failures in systems otherwise unaffected. How your body functions is directly influenced by both environmental factors and your genetic makeup. When a system in your body becomes imbalanced, it may lead illness or disease.
Functional Medicine is unlike conventional medicine because it looks at your body as a whole and considers all systems when treating illness and health conditions. Our goal is to identify the underlying, root cause of illness then treating each related system in order to restore harmony.
What Does Functional Medicine Treat?
At Performance Health and Wellness, we focus on preventing illness by uncovering the underlying root cause of disease and our goal is to correct biochemical imbalances in order for the body to rid itself of disease. Functional Medicine it is often recommended for the treatment of conditions that are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Common conditions treated with Functional Medicine include:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
- Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid Conditions
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease
- Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Hormone Imbalances
- Migraines and Headaches
Functional Medicine Assessment — Irvine, California Functional Medicine
Your initial assessment with our medical team includes a detailed look at your current health, past health history, current and past medications, and detailed blood chemistry analysis. Specific areas that are evaluated include:
- Environmental Inputs
- Mind-Body Elements
- Genetic Makeup
Your evaluation looks to uncover the underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction including how your body rids itself of toxins, hormones regulation, the health of your digestive tract and how your body absorbs nutrients, immune system function and the inflammatory response.
Treatment Options Individually Selected for YOU
Treating the imbalances in your body may be addressed in a number of ways. At Performance Health and Wellness, we employ a variety of specific interventions and customize your treatment plan based on your needs. Your individual treatment plan may include a combination botanical medicine, nutritional counseling, supplementation, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, exercise or stress-management techniques, weight loss plans and more.
Learn More about Functional Medicine in Irvine
Functional Medicine views us as being both genetically and biochemically unique. Our personalized approach to health care does just that — we treat you as an individual, focusing on the cause of your imbalances and not the symptoms of the disease. To learn how Functional Medicine can improve your health naturally, contact Performance Health and Wellness in Irvine, California to schedule your initial assessment today.
What is the Difference Between Functional Medicine and Nutritional Therapy?
In functional medicine, we do use nutritional therapy, but it is combined with lifestyle, diet and manual work. Our treatment programs are based on clinically obtained data such as lab tests, blood tests, stool and saliva tests in conjunction with physical examination and thorough consultation. We use these tests to understand what is the root cause of your problem. This allows us to develop a treatment plan but also to monitor results. Since functional medicine is based on reproducible tests and allows us to customize your diet to your specific needs, it meets our goals of identifying the root causes of your issues.