Functional medicine is the identification and management of the root causes of illness.
When I tell people this their first response is usually, “Isn’t that what conventional medicine is supposed to do?” Unfortunately, looking at the root cause of illness is not how most doctors are trained or practice today.
The importance of functional medicine
A variety of chronic medical problems can be improved with functional medicine. Fatigue, weight gain (especially around the middle), irritable bowel syndrome and other gut issues, fibromyalgia, diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune conditions, skin issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD and thyroid problems are just a few of the conditions that develop when one or more body systems are not working properly. These conditions can be improved and even resolve with a functional medicine approach.
Functional medicine sees the body as a complex interworking of different body systems (for example immune, hormonal and detoxification systems). All body systems need to be functioning correctly in order for the person to be healthy and vital. When one or more body systems is not working properly, symptoms and eventually disease develop. Functional medicine looks specifically at theses body systems and seeks to return them to optimal function.
Functional medicine also places crucial importance on the therapeutic relationship between physician and patient. Dr. Teggatz seeks to establish trust and relationship with each patient. Functional medicine also recognizes that lifestyle plays a major role in the functioning of various body systems. A person’s diet, level of activity, ability to handle stress, supportive relationships, genetic makeup and quality of sleep are given special importance in developing a personalized plan of care for each individual patient.
If you have been dissatisfied with your current healthcare or would just like to take a different approach to any medical problems you’ve been dealing with, consider giving functional medicine a try. This investment you make in your health today pays off in the future with improved health, well-being and vitality.