What is Functional
Functional Medicine is a full-body, systems-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of a variety of chronic diseases and body system dysfunctions. Functional Medicine seeks to optimize the function of body systems to address symptoms, as well as causes, of disease and dysfunction. As a certified Functional Medicine Dr, we’re proud to offer Functional Medicine services at our Functional Health KC Overland Park office. Now let’s discuss conditions that can be treated With A Functional Medicine doctor in Overland Park.
What Conditions Can be Treated With a Functional Medicine Doctor in Overland Park?
A common issue that is treated with Functional Medicine is gut health, or stomach issues. People don’t realize that it is not just a tummy ache. It could be a sign. Your gut health actually affects hormone balance. You can have too much estrogen because you have high levels of beta glucuronidase in your GI tract. That means that your body is going to add estrogen that should be excreted through stool back to your bloodstream. This can cause estrogen dominance health related symptoms and issues.
How Do I Know if My Levels Are Off in My Body?
A Functional Health doctor will do GI tests that show gut health and then addressing gut health issues can impact things like your hormone balance. Hormones impact many areas of our lives and self diagnosing, or buying a bunch of random supplements that we’ve heard about, could be doing more harm than good. The best thing you can do is get an appointment with your functional medicine doctor to have tests run and find out exactly what your body needs to get your levels back on track. In the end it will probably end up saving you money.
All body processes depend on healthy cell metabolism and function. Functional Medicine tests look at cellular level metabolism that can impact your overall health. Another gut example is serotonin. Serotonin has a lot to do with mood. 95% of your body’s serotonin is produced in the intestines. Bad gut health can impact mood disorders. If you don’t have good bile production, you won’t break down and benefit from foods and supplements. Functional Medicine tests with your Functional Health doctor in Overland Park look at all of those things and your Functional Medicine doctor, Dr Melinda, recommends supplements, as well diet and lifestyle changes to help balance things out. The key is that these are custom to what your body needs, not just a guess.
Specific Conditions Our Functional Health Medical Office in Overland Park Treats:
What Makes Functional Medicine (Also, Known as Integrative Medicine) Different?
The biggest thing that makes functional medicine different from conventional medicine is that a Functional Medicine in Overland Park looks for root causes instead of treating an end result or symptom. Since functional medicine evaluates and treats body function/metabolism on a cellular level, Functional Medicine can treat a wide range of conditions to improve your overall health.
An example of how a condition would be treated differently with Functional Medicine rather than conventional medicine would be the treatment of hormone imbalance. A Functional Medicine approach to hormone imbalance would be to test levels of active hormones and urinary metabolites but also to check gut function. If things aren’t working quite right with your GI system, you might make too much of an enzyme called beta glucuronidase. A quick test in our office would pinpoint the issue and allow us to quickly rebalance levels rather than adding medicines that are made for other conditions and may ending up causing additional issues.
How Do I Find Out if a Functional Health Doctor in Overland Park Can Help Me?
The best way to find out if Functional Medicine will work for you is to book a new patient consultation with Dr Melinda in her Overland Park office.
How Much Does a Functional Medicine Treatment Plan Cost?
At Functional Health KC you’ll come to appreciate Dr Melinda for her honest, upfront approach. The goal is for you to understand the pricing before you come to an appointment, know what to expect and understand that your health is an investment that will likely save you money in the future. Below is a breakdown of what a treatment plan will cost you:
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