What is Functional Medicine ?

Function Medicine treats the root cause of patient’s imbalance and dysfunction rather than treating health symptoms as separated diseases.

Diseases such as diabetes or cancer, like a plant, are visible above the soil. However, Functional Medicine digs below the surface for any altered physiology. This altered physiology, manifests as dysfunction or imbalance of bodily systems, is the root cause of the disease and its symptoms.

Only treating the tip of the plant is not effective nor will it results in long term relief and liveliness. Since Functional Medicine identifies and treats the root causes, it can give a better and long lasting outcome.

How Functional Medicine fills a Key Health Care Gap ?
Today's health care system has a key gap. In acute situation, such as accident or heart attack, we frequently use fast-acting resources of modern medicine, such as life-saving technology, surgery, and antibiotics. This is a model designed for acute health problems and is widely implemented.

However, when this model is also applied to chronic, debilitating ailments like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis, the outcome is less predictable. In chronic situation, a different approach is required. This is where Functional Medicine shines.

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The Healing Approach of Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine uses two scientific principles to overcome chronic health conditions:
1. Modulate the physiology to a state of optimal functioning by adding what is lacking in the body.
2. Remove anything that prevents the body from moving toward this optimal state of physiology.

Functional Medicine practitioners regularly use specific modern laboratory testing to investigate the causes of the patient's health problem. The practitioner inquires about the patient’s activities and lifestyle to understand the nature of symptoms.

Functional Medicine practitioners believe that by educating and counseling patients about their conditions allow them to take control of their own health, and eventually leading to greater success in treatment. It is common to use a mixture of natural nutrition agents (pharmaceutical grade supplements, herbs) to restore a patient's physiology to its optimal state.

Treating Symptoms vs Treating the Person

The core essence of Functional Medicine is captured in the statement by Sir William Osler, one of the first professors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who later became a Physician-in-Chief said: "The good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient who has the disease."

Today, most of the medications used by conventional modern medicine simply control the patient's symptoms. Symptoms return when the patient stops taking the medicine.

Functional Medicine approaches health problems in different ways. It focuses on restoring the body's natural functioning instead of hiding the deficiency. Functional Medicine practitioners may prescribe pharmaceutical grade supplements, herbs, life-style modification, exercise and food therapy.

Your Experience of Functional Medicine : A detail history will be the first required element. The clues from history often lead to the identification of major imbalances. Practitioners are trained to systematically analyze a complicated history for useful data.

The second element is the innovative, cutting-edge lab tests. Advanced laboratory tests allow the practitioner to get the specifics needed to complete the picture of the patient.

After the above detail analysis, the patient will be treated with a mixture of natural nutrition agents such as pharmaceutical grade supplements, herbs, life-style modification, exercise and food therapy. At a later point, blood work may be repeated to gauge result and effectiveness.

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A Functional Medicine Case Studies Example

Case: Menopausal symptoms: Traditional Medical Approach: A 61-year-old female complained of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, decreased libido and weight gain for five years. She consulted her physician but no medical testing was ordered during the visit. Treatment consisted of the prescription Estrace. Fair results were obtained but the patient was very concerned about the drug's potential side effects.

Functional Medicine Approach: A woman’s hormonal panel was performed after analyzing her detail history and medical records. The report showed adequate estrogen/progesterone ratio but with both progesterone and estrogen level significantly compromised. The imbalance was the main cause of the patient’s roller-coaster emotional challenges.
The patient was prescribed with herbals, supplements and a series of acupuncture sessions. The patient became symptom-free and experienced an increase in energy. She has also lost 54 pounds in eight months.


Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine offers safe, effective Acupuncture and Integrated Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine

Dr Nancy Chau | Wai Acupuncture | Longwood Florida | Community Acupuncture of Longwood

2901 West S.R. 434, Suite 141, Longwood, FL 32779


(407) 335-4688 (office)

(407) 917-1000 (text)

Clinic hours:

Mon 11 Am - 7 Pm
Tues 11 Am - 7 Pm
Wed Closed
Thurs 2 Pm - 6 Pm
Fri 11 Am – 7 Pm
Sat 9 Am – 2 Pm