Functional vs. Conventional Medicine: What’s the Difference?

Are you tired of being treated like a number when it comes to your medical care? If you’d rather be cared for as an individual, it’s time to partner with a provider who focuses on whole-body wellness.

At Life Balance Medical Center, we’re proud to offer men, women, and children in Roscoe, Illinois, a better approach to health care with functional medicine. Functional medicine provides an integrated approach to medical care that combines the best of conventional Western medicine with therapies from Eastern medicine and alternative therapies. 

In this post, we explain more about how Dr. Alecia Arn and our care team use this integrative approach to medical care and how it differs from conventional medicine. 

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a holistic, integrated approach to health care that treats patients as partners with their doctors for optimal long-term health. Instead of focusing only on suppressing your physical symptoms, functional medicine is concerned with addressing their root cause. 

To best understand why you’re experiencing any medical symptoms, functional medicine takes into account your whole person. In other words, by evaluating how your body, mind, and environment work together, functional medicine promotes true wellness. 

Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach to wellness that combines science, biology, Eastern medicine practices, and your personal history, lifestyle, and habits to uncover and treat the root causes of any medical conditions or disease you’re experiencing. 

The result? An approach to medicine that is truly comprehensive and effective in promoting long-term health.

How are functional and conventional medicine different?

Conventional medicine focuses on suppressing symptoms and tends to look at each part of the body as separate from the whole. Functional medicine, on the other hand, seeks to uncover and treat the underlying cause of whatever is making you unwell. 

Functional medicine doesn’t separate you from your different body parts. Instead, Dr. Arn looks at all possible contributing factors, including your physical condition, lifestyle, genetics, and stress and mental condition.

By caring for the whole person, not just your condition or affected body part, functional medicine provides a more comprehensive approach to health care. Recent studies have revealed the benefits of functional medicine. By working holistically, it offers a means of uncovering the root cause of many chronic conditions.  

And because functional medicine treats you like a partner in your health care, your wellness plan is tailored to meet your unique needs.

What is a functional medicine appointment like?

If you’re used to appointments with conventional medicine practitioners, the holistic approach at Life Balance Medical Center may surprise you. Your first appointment may be longer than a typical medical appointment as Dr. Arn takes time to get to know you.

By thoroughly investigating your medical history, current conditions or complaints, and other aspects of your health — such as environmental and lifestyle factors, water consumption, and sleep hygiene — Dr. Arn cab better understand what contributes to your overall health.

In addition to a comprehensive physical exam, a blood test checks for markers that might indicate a health problem is present or developing. 

Where can I learn more about functional medicine?

If you’re interested in comprehensive, individualized care, Dr. Arn is happy to answer your questions about functional medicine so you can make an informed choice. Our team treats you like a person, working to make you feel comfortable and understood. 

Our goal is to help you experience the best health possible. To make an appointment, contact Life Balance Medical Center. You can even request an appointment online.

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