Learning the root cause of your health issue can change everything. Rather than masking your issues with symptomatic treatments, functional medicine discovers the root cause and provides effective treatments to eliminate or help manage your condition forever.
When you visit our team at Palo Alto Mind Body, led by M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, you can expect the highest level of care for your health needs. Functional medicine is one of the most effective treatments we offer for reversing your health problems.
Understanding functional medicine
Sickness and disease usually produce symptoms. When you don’t feel well, you want quick relief. However, when the focus is on the symptoms rather than the root cause, you can end up with treatments that only suffice for short periods of time and usually cause side effects.
Functional medicine provides a way to learn the cause of your symptoms and focus on treatments that restore your body, both mentally and physically.
We look at your diet, prescription medications, genetics, hormonal changes, and your overall lifestyle. From there, we can develop a customized plan to provide the treatment you need.
Common issues functional medicine can treat
Functional medicine treats numerous issues in your body. At Palo Alto Mind Body, we commonly use this approach to help heal or manage:
1. Autoimmune disorders
Autoimmune diseases, such as Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis, affect about one in 15 Americans. During your evaluation, we sort through the possible root causes of your disease and focus on how to calm the inflammation response that’s happening in your body. The goal is to stop your body’s autoimmune response.
Five common root causes include:
- Leaky gut
- Exposures to toxins
- Food sensitivities
- Chronic infections
Our functional medicine practices focus on your food and lifestyle to create a whole-person healing for you.
2. Endocrine disorders
Your endocrine system involves your glands and organs that produce and secrete hormones, which control your metabolism, sexual development, growth, and function. We use functional medicine to naturally restore hormonal balance to eliminate uncomfortable symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.
3. Mood and behavioral disorders
Mood and behavioral disorders include attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder. Optimal levels of nutrients are needed to help your brain and body function properly.
Our specifically tailored plans help optimize supplements to help you thrive where you might be deficient. For example, functional medicine can show us where you have micronutrient imbalances, infections, neurotransmitter deficiencies, and other sources that might cause your depression. Supplying your body with the right “fuel” can promote the changes you’re seeking.
4. Digestive disorders
Digestive disorders can cause symptoms that include bloating, insomnia, inflammation, and more. The main causes of digestive disorders are stress and diet.
Once we identify the root cause of your issue, we steer you toward learning about your gut, understanding how microbes in your digestive tract work, learning about the balance of good and bad bacteria, and how to achieve nutritional health to get your body on the right path.
5. Cancer prevention
Functional medicine empowers you to achieve the best health you can have. If you have a lifestyle that involves a poor diet, a lack of exercise, a stressful life, and/or exposure to pollutants, functional medicine can redirect you to new practices that can promote health and cancer prevention.
To learn more about functional medicine and how it can provide healthy changes for your life, call our friendly office staff at 650-681-2900 today to make an appointment, or click here. We’re in the surrounding Bay Area, which includes South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, and San Francisco.