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Functional Medicine

Alternative Treatment Options in Monterey

The goal of functional medicine aligns with holistic medicine in that it addresses the entire person, rather than isolating symptoms and treating the conditions rather than the individual. This form of alternative medicine emphasizes the relationship between the environment and bodily systems, particularly, the gastrointestinal system, the endocrine system, and the immune system.

With functional medicine, no two patients will receive identical treatment. This is because we recognize the uniqueness of each individual patient and the need for customized care. There is a growing need for functional medicine. Countless people are living with chronic conditions, some undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Functional medicine can help fill in the gaps left behind by more traditional treatments.

Examples of Functional Medicine Treatments

Because functional medicine differs from patient to patient, there is no structured set of "functional medicine treatments" but they can include some of the following –

  • Hormone Balancing - As people age, their hormones may need to be replaced, supplemented, and optimized. This can help both men and women live the healthiest lives possible at any age.
  • Homeopathy - This type of treatment utilizes various plant, animal, mineral, and synthetic substances and is based on the principle of "like cures like."
  • Detoxing - Detoxification aims to dispel harmful and potentially harmful toxins from a person's system through practices such as special dieting and colon cleansing.
  • Nutritional Intervention - Altering a person's diet can help minimize or rid a person of a variety of chronic conditions. This might include gluten avoidance, even for non-celiac patients.
  • Biochemical Individuality - This philosophy asserts that every person has a unique nutritional requirement, chemical makeup, and disease states that require unique and individualized treatment.
  • IV Therapy​ - IV vitamin infusions can be used proactively to maintain optimum wellness and/or to treat acute and chronic conditions.

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Changing the Way We Treat Chronic Conditions

Functional medicine is changing the way we treat complex chronic health conditions. Traditional treatment methods just aren't working for many patients, which has caused some to look to alternative options. Our physicians question and target the underlying causes of conditions, rather than prescribing treatments that simply minimize the pain and effects of these conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about functional medicine as an option for your health, contact Terry L. Franklin, M.D. today at (831) 613-1531.

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