When it comes to treating urgent or acute medical needs, the traditional western medical system has a pretty good system in place. Hospitals are available for urgent medical care around the clock, and doctors are trained in highly specific issues so they can diagnose, treat, and analyze those specific health concerns with expert perspective.
As patients' health care needs and knowledge develops, many health care practitioners here in the Rochester Hills area and elsewhere are making a transition toward functional medicine. Functional medicine differs from traditional medicine in many important ways. Traditional medicine tends to be disease centered. Functional medicine takes a whole-patient approach, and helps people maintain better health overall instead of just treating discrete illnesses.
While functional medicine is a new term to many people, many of the ideas behind it have been around for some time. Functional medicine is a type of holistic medicine that is particularly patient centered. It is a sort of integrated care that can pull influences from traditional Western medicine, Eastern medicine and naturopathic practices.
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Countless patients go to the doctor every year with a multitude of symptoms ranging from fatigue, head ache and joint pain, to muscle aches, insomnia and mood swings; only to be told that all of their tests are "normal." They are declared "healthy" and sent on their way, or labeled as having a functional illness - a term used by some traditional medicine physicians meaning the patient has a psychiatric illness such as stress or hypochondriasis causing their symptoms. Frustrated, these patients are left with few options or suggestions as to how to help themselves feel better.