At HealthyBalanceMD of St. Louis, Dr. Bryan Warner and his medical team specialize in and wholeheartedly believe in Functional Medicine. What is this? The Google definition is: Medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine. “You don’t have to have a disease to benefit from functional medicine.”
Functional medicine is highly patient focused. The patient is the center of the philosophy, which involves optimum health and balance in the body and mind. All of our symptoms need to be healthy in order for us to perform at our best. Functional medicine actually combines some elements of many areas. This includes conventional or Western medicine, new technologies and scientific research, and even ancient Chinese medicine. Functional medicine looks closely at how the environment we’re in, our lifestyle and our own genetics affect us and ultimately determine our health conditions.
Let’s just consider for a moment all the many health ailments that can happen to someone. If we listed them here it would take dozens of pages. Much of traditional medicine focuses on alleviating a symptom, either decreasing the intensity of the symptom or making it go away altogether. The problem with this is that, while the patient may feel better, these good feelings may not last for the long-term, and the underlying problem is still there. Pharmaceuticals and prescriptions typically don’t heal a condition, they simply treat it or rather, they treat the symptoms. This is why more and more, people are turning to holistic and functional medicine to help relieve their conditions.
Another big difference about functional medicine that will make sense to you is that instead of treating just one problem, such as a certain disease like diabetes or skin cancer, functional medicine looks at the entire body, the mental and physical condition of the patient, the nutrition and exercise levels, their stress levels, and all the potential imbalances that may exist in their bodily systems. Proponents of functional medicine believe that traditional healthcare simply treats the tip of the iceberg but hardly ever results in permanent healing and vitality for the individual.
Many factors can be causes of imbalances in the body. Information, bacteria, viruses, toxins, emotions, digestion, anxiety, poor diet, negativity, to name a few. Dr. Bryan Warner practices medical management of your particular situation to address mild to acute health problems. Of course every patient responds differently to various therapies and treatments, which is why we closely monitor your progress and adjust your therapies as needed. We cannot promise you a specific level of result as soon as you come see us. What we can promise you is that we will work side-by-side with you to achieve your optimum health goals.
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