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A Natural Functional Approach To Your Care
Introduction to Natural Functional Healthcare
What is Natural Functional Medicine? Natural Functional Medicine is a personalized method of healthcare that focuses on optimizing health and considers the person first before the illness. We seek to identify environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors as well as nutritional depletions which may be keeping you in ill health. We then work with you to modify those factors to achieve a shift to an optimal healthy state of being. Using both conventional and functional lab testing with Chinese medicine diagnostics helps us to treat and prevent many chronic diseases. Natural Functional Medicine can be secondary supportive care for side effects to pharmaceuticals, adjunct support when receiving cancer treatments as well as additional care along with your “conventional” medicine treatments. Our doctors listen to what you have to say and want to investigate ways to help with your medical challenges. Each session is personalized so there are no generic treatments, they are tailored to your individual needs. If you have been struggling with your health and well-being from sleep to energy to a serious health issue, we are here to support you. Natural functional medicine helps you be more in control of your own health and healing by gaining a better understanding of how a healthy relationship with food, repairing nutritional deficiencies, and choosing a healthy lifestyle contributes to the healing of both mental and physical symptoms. If we feel that you need a different type of care, we refer you to a source for that care. We are also not the place to come for acute trauma or acute care which requires hospital stay.
Functional Lab Testing
There are two main types of lab ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range and a functional range. The annual blood test you get from your doctor looks at pathological ranges which helps with evaluating how well organs are working and to diagnose disease. It is generally limited to CBC, lipid, basic metabolic panel, TSH and urinalysis.
The main difference between the functional range and the pathological range is the degree of deviation allowed within their “normal “ranges. The “normal “pathological ranges can vary between labs and cities and is broad enough to allow the “everything is normal” answer so often given by conventional doctors. Functional blood chemistry analysis dives deeper by looking at a narrower, optimal range which helps assess risk for disease before the disease develops.
Test results that fall between the functional range and the pathological range are considered “sub-clinical,” and can indicate the beginning stages of disease. Results within this range allow us to identify and prevent lab values trending towards potential risk from manifesting into a serious medical condition. We work together towards bringing areas of risk, or even existing pathology, towards an optimal range that prevents disease or worsening of conditions and supports optimal health. In addition to blood chemistry testing, we utilize other advanced functional lab testing as needed to help identify the root causes of health issues. These may include tests for nutrient depletions, gastrointestinal imbalance, food sensitivities, neurotransmitter levels, nutrigenomics, and hormonal metabolites. Functional testing plus nutritional and herbal interventions have advanced to unprecedented levels allowing for the option of preventing illness and healing from health issues naturally or with integrative care.
Why we assess functional ranges
Whole Food Functional Nutrition
Whole Food Functional Nutrition is an important part of our practice. Years ago, we discovered that when we combined whole food nutritional supplements with acupuncture and herbal medicine, our patients conditions improved faster with more lasting results. Providing a person’s cells with the nutrients they need to perform their jobs properly encourages healing and overall improved tissue function. This is different from using isolated single molecules called “vitamins.” For example, the vitamin- A you see on a vitamin label is the molecule beta-carotene. However, when a supplement s made with a vitamin-A containing food, such as a carrot, we find beta-carotene as just one of two hundred different compounds which work synergistically to nourish and protect the body. Supplementing the entire vitamin-A “complex” with the complete nutrients in carrots and other foods with the same nutritional focus, feeds the cells so the tissue has what it needs to heal. We believe this provides therapeutic nutrition that is superior to synthesizing Vitamin-A as beta-carotene in a lab, and hoping that it will work in the same manner. By providing personalized nutritional support in the form of food concentrate supplements that contain all nutrients, cofactors, and enzymes to encourage absorption and utilization by the cells, we are able to target specific tissues, processes and conditions.
Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine has been a primary component of Chinese medicine for thousands of years, used alongside pharmaceutical medicine in Asian hospitals. Western herbal medicine also has an extensive history rooted in Greek, Egyptian and Middle Eastern herbalism that found its way around the globe. Herbs are medicine which provide phytochemicals from plants, which have pharmacological actions, but are not synthetic pharmaceuticals. Therefore, their actions may be profound, but are usually more gentle on the body, typically well tolerated and promote healthy functions including adaptation to stress. This natural approach may be preferable to suppressing a body function to simply stop a symptom. Now that herbal pharmacology, its benefits and very low incidence of unwanted effects are more understood, properly administered herbal medicine has gained more widespread acceptance as a natural effective therapy. Before we provide any herbal medicine, we thoroughly review your medications, supplements and coordinate care with your medical doctor when needed. We are professionally trained in the use of both Chinese and western herbs for their safe and synergistic effects and are proud to use only herbs from highly reputable sources whose testing for heavy metals, pesticides or other contaminants meets or exceeds U.S. FDA requirements.
We work with you through personalized nutritional and dietary evaluation, and lifestyle strategies. This is to support you not only in ensuring you are consuming high-quality food and nutrients, but the particular foods, proportions and arrangement of foods in the diet that optimize healing of your particular condition. We believe in you and your ability to make healthy changes. We are committed to partnering with you to create the conditions that amplify health and vitality. When you initiate healthy changes, even small ones, you naturally begin to feel better. In turn, as you experience the resulting decrease in symptoms and increase in vitality and well-being, making healthy choices comes naturally.
Programs For Specific Health Issues
We have several natural and lifestyle programs designed to provide targeted support for some of the most common health challenges. These unique combinations of supplements are designed to support the functioning of specific body systems as well as overall health. These include The SP Detox Balance Program which is whole food-based nutrition that supports easy, safe and healthy toxin removal; the SP 21-Day Purification Program which is designed to cleanse, nourish, and support the body’s detoxification pathways. This can help maintain a healthy body weight. We also have two 10-Day programs for blood sugar balance support and for healthy inflammation response. We are able to customize one of these programs for you for female and male vitality and other issues. These are excellent jump-start programs to quickly improve various health concerns, clean up dietary patterns, and re-set the system for our further work together. All are structured around eating healthy food, drinking nutritious shakes, taking supplements made with whole food ingredients and light exercise with coaching support to help you be successful.
Acupuncture encourages self-regulation and accelerated healing within the body. Millions of Americans use acupuncture to improve their health in this way. Acupuncture when used regularly improves the body’s functions, which is why it is such an important component of natural functional medicine. Treatments are adaptogenic, helping the nervous system adapt to the stresses of everyday life, as well as aging, illness, or injury. Many studies have found that acupuncture can induce the release of endorphins in the brain counteracting the destructive effects of stress hormones in addition to providing pain relief. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation by increasing the body's production of corticosteroids. The effects of having a treatment stimulates the flow of blood through the organs, tissues and the brain, and circulates vital nutrients. When the function of our internal organs is optimal it allows for a slower degenerative aging process. Acupuncture is used as one component of an overall functional health approach including lifestyle, nutrition and herbal medicine.
Other Physical Treatments
We have many options available when it comes to the physical treatment aspect of your healing care. In addition to acupuncture, during your treatment we may utilize tui na therapeutic body-work techniques to move the qi and relieve patterns of disharmony, therapeutic massage to relieve stress, relax muscles and ease pain, moxibustion to warm and relax cramping and improve blood circulation, cupping to decongest stagnant areas and promote qi, lymph and blood flow, electrostim to enhance pain relief, or topical preparations to relieve pain, address skin conditions and enhance cosmetic treatments. LED light treatment is offered as a separate add-on to your acupuncture treatment to enhance its effects on aches and pains, acne, and wrinkles. Full spectrum CBD cream as well as other healthy topical and cosmetic products are also available for sale.
Functional Cosmetic Acupuncture
Naturally renew and refine your complexion, minimize or eliminate lines and sagging, enhance your skin health and appearance by reducing signs of aging while preventing new ones from settling in. Functional Cosmetic Acupuncture is also used to treat skin and neuromuscular facial conditions. Acupuncture points on the face occur on meridians that correlate to Chinese medicine organ systems, and functionally, we know that the health of the skin reflects the health of many bodily processes working together. Therefore, Functional Cosmetic Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to your concerns and treatment plan. The entire person is considered while treating the face or other skin surface topically, and by working on the root causes of internal issues that may be showing on the skin such as digestive concerns, metabolic syndrome, pain, hormonal issues, and many others. Whether you wish to slow or reverse the signs of aging, or deal with a particular skin issue or neuromuscular problem, part of that is working together to implement your personalized plan that includes healthy lifestyle modification, functional nutrition, herbal medicine, and topical skin care along with effective, restorative acupuncture treatments. Celluma LED treatment is available as an add-on to further enhance results. The goal is not a short term quick fix that declines, but a long term improvement in skin function, texture, smoothness and firmness and deceleration skin aging so that you look and feel your best throughout your years.
Fertility & Reproductive Health
Making the decision to have a baby and beginning the journey toward motherhood is a big one. Whether it is your first time or not the fragile miracle of conception bring thoughts of being healthy and doing the “right” things.
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