What is Functional Medicine

WELLSET GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Everything you need to know about Functional Medicine Practitioners

Ever wondered how a Functional Medicine Practitioner, Doctor or Coach could help you to address your health more holistically? What is a Functional Medicine Practitioner? You’ve come to the right place! Learn more in this Getting Started Guide.


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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER OVERVIEW

Our whole bodies hold the key to our whole health! Functional Medicine Practitioners can help you chart a course to optimal health by looking at the full picture.


Functional medicine practitioners aim to assess risk factors and create a plan for recovery and prevention of illness that includes mental health, diet and nutrition, sleep and physical fitness.

A practice grounded in biology and evidence-based medicine, Functional Medicine focuses on the connection between medical conditions as they relate to the function of the entire body. If you want to assess the whole picture of your health, a functional medicine coach or MD is the perfect guide!

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A DEEPER LOOK AT FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Functional Medicine Coaching is based on the entire body

Aiming to look beyond instant symptom-resolution, Functional Medicine Coaches and MD’s avoid prescribing medication immediately to solve medical issues. Instead, they aim to understand underlying dysfunction in the body or areas that may be the root of their condition or symptoms and also work to chart preventative health plans before problems arise. To explore the cause of a patient’s depression, for example, a Functional Medicine Coach might assess health concerns that are interconnected with depression such as hormone levels, eating and exercise habits, and even food allergies.

Assessments consider the patient’s biological, environmental, behavioral and emotional history to understand the potential root cause of medical conditions or symptoms. A pillar of this practice is to create a collaborative healthcare relationship between practitioner and patient. Functional medicine coaches welcome active feedback and want patients to feel agency in their own medical journey.

Sources: Functional Medicine Academy, The Institute for Functional Medicine

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What our expert practitioners have to say

WE ASKED OUR TOP FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE SESSION

Colleen Gerson
Functional Medicine Coach

Colleen Gerson Functional Medicine Practitioner

WellSet: How can Functional Medicine help heal the body?

GERSON: Functional Medicine seeks to get to the deeper roots of dis-ease and imbalance in the body, by weaving science and natural remedies -such as nutrition, nutraceuticals, herbs, and lifestyle factors- to support the unique expression of the individual for more comprehensive healing and empowering support. This can be with a Functional Medicine doctor, a Functional Nutritionist, or a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, all supporting complementary aspects of a whole person approach to enhanced wellbeing.

WellSet: What can a client typically expect in a session with a Functional Medicine Coach?

GERSON: A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach is essentially a bridge between you, your doctor, and your health and lifestyle goals. A client can expect to be deeply listened to and supported in reaching your goals with obtainable, customized, and actionable steps and resources. Together we identify your intrinsic values and goals, any challenges or blocks in the way, and how to skillfully sift through the overwhelm of wellness trends, testing and supplements, or health confusion, to walk with you in a more empowered and life-giving journey.

Conditions that Functional Medicine Coaches can help ease:

Allergies, Aging, IBS, Asthma, Auto-Immune Disease, Bloating, Chronic Fatigue, Leaky Gut