Functional Medicine & Chinese Medicine Working Together
Getting to the root of the problem
Functional medicine is a health oriented, collaborative patient centered model. It focuses on the root cause of disease and dysfunction while considering biochemical individuality. With a blood work model that is much broader than typical western medicine lab markers, it is more cost effective over time because functional medicine utilizes a preventative approach for chronic and long term illnesses. It is both high touch and high tech meaning; palpation, detailed questioning and observation are typically used in diagnosis along with high tech western equipment such as labs and imagining. Primarily, it utilizes dietary and lifestyle changes along with nutrition, supplementation and herbal medicine.
And what is Chinese medicine?
Similarly Chinese medicine is a whole systems approach that considers the entire person including observation, pulse taking and a detailed intake to discover root causes of disease. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years and relies on modalities such as acupuncture, tai chi, cupping, herbal medicine. Supportive Elements within the medicine also include dietary and lifestyle changes alongside nutritional advice.
Functional Medicine vs. Chinese Medicine
Both gravitate towards approaches that help improve quality of life and prevent/treat chronic pain and disease. Each system of medicine considers various organs systems that work in harmony to perform a given function. The major difference is that functional medicine accomplishes this through blood work, Chinese medicine accomplishes detailed diagnosis through observation and diagnosis. We don’t think of discrete organs, we think of organs and the entire body system works together.
What we offer
At Well Balanced we offer a comprehensive a Chinese medicine based holistic assessment. We do have the ability to look over existing blood work or refer out to a primary care physician for blood work. We do not have the ability to order blood work in our clinic at this time. Our practitioners can work with you to find the best lifestyle recommendations based on blood work that you bring to us. We request that blood work is done at least 90 days before your appointment.
*Additional fees apply to reading lab results. Please inquire with the front desk to learn more.
Functional Medicine Assesses:
- Immune system: We look for signs of inflammation and auto-immune diseases (including Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, pain, allergies/sensitivities, etc.).
- Energy systems: We assess for factors that may be depleting your body’s energy, including your mitochondrial (energy part of cells) health, nutrient deficiencies and excesses.
- Heart and metabolic systems: We evaluate for signs of heart and vascular disease and abnormal blood sugar values.
- Hormone systems: For women, we assess for signs of PMS, fibroids, perimenopause and menopause, estrogen dominance, and other conditions of hormone imbalance; and for men, we assess for signs of loss of motivation, focus, low libido, andropause (low testosterone), erectile dysfunction, poor work-out recovery, poor exercise endurance, fatigue, and other conditions of hormone imbalance.
- Detoxification system: We assess for signs of toxin overload or the inability to release toxins from your liver and body. This system is key for optimal health of the body as well as maintaining a youthful appearance and vitality.
- Gastrointestinal/digestive systems: We look for signs of inflammation in the gut, food sensitivities, and infections. This system is also vital to all other systems operating effectively and preventing autoimmune diseases, weight gain, and inflammation throughout your body (joints, sinuses, lungs, thyroid, etc.).
Functional Medicine can help treat:
- Thyroid conditions
- Digestive complaint
- Acid reflux
- Brain fog
- Loss of energy
- And many more
- Experience Integrated Pain Management For The Following Conditions
- Acute Sprain/Strain
- Athletic Enhancement
- Baker’s Cyst
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease
- De Quervain’s Syndrome
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Headaches- Tension/Stress, Cluster, Sinus, Rebound, Migraine
- Herniated Discs
- Hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis
- IT Band Friction Syndrome
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
- Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow)
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Occipital Neuralgia (Arnold’s Neuralgia)
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis/Fibromatosis
- Post Laminectomy Syndrome
- Postural Imbalance
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Sacroiliitis/ SI Joint Pain
- Stroke Sequelae
- Surgery rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation from Major Fractures, Hairline and Stress Fractures,
- Functional Scoliosis
- Shin Splints/ Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Shingles and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
- Shoulder Impingement/Frozen Shoulder
- Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis
- Sprained Ligament(s)
- Strained Muscle(s)
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
Well Balanced Center for Integrated Care