About Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
How Functional Medicine Changes the Way We do Medicine
- Functional Medicine offers a powerful new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century.
- Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
- Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
Want to learn more? Read this Introduction to Functional Medicine.
Our Functional Medicine Model
Our health model is to capture, integrate, and utilize, in a tangible form, the two key components of a successful health strategy: cutting-edge science and practitioner observations/experience. Valley Acupuncture collaborates with the top international experts in the field utilizing the latest peer-reviewed scientific research to develop effective nutritional strategies. This process results in a unique, performance-based health approach called Functional Medicine.
Our attendance of numerous educational events and seminars demonstrates our commitment to the utilization of cutting-edge health information and the sharing of the successes of international experts. Many of these experts are on our Scientific Advisory Board and actively guide the development of the various aspects of our health model. The Scientific Advisory Board members provide a wide range of perspectives from conventional medicine, nutrition, functional medicine, chiropractic, and Eastern approaches. This ensures a rich and diverse collaboration among the various disciplines to further the accuracy and effectiveness of our health approaches.