The difference between functional, integrative, and holistic medicine
If you watch medical shows on television like Dr. Oz or The Doctors, you’ve probably heard the terms functional medicine, integrative medicine, and holistic medicine thrown around from time to time. Maybe you’re curious if one of these approaches can help improve your health, but what are they exactly? And how do they differ from each other?
Here’s an explanation of the similarities and differences between functional, integrative and holistic medicine practices.
Traditionally, a medical doctor prescribes medications to treat the symptoms of a dysfunction or disease, but there are alternatives to taking drugs.
A holistic doctor utilizes a variety of therapies to treat the person, not the illness. Holistic practitioners believe if one area of the body is suffering it can affect the entire body, therefore this type of medical practice focuses on healing an individual as a whole, including their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Doctors in this field combine traditional medications with drug-free approaches like lifestyle and nutritional changes, acupuncture, counseling, homeopathy (using natural substances like plants and minerals to improve overall health), and chiropractic care.
Part of the holistic medicine discipline, integrative medicine considers the whole person and combines modern healthcare with treatments like homeopathy, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, massage and yoga.
An integrative medicine doctor utilizes conventional diagnoses, orders blood tests and EKGs etc., and may recommend less conventional treatments combined with regular treatments with the goal of keeping medications to a minimum.
Holistic in its approach to treat each patient as a whole, functional medicine seeks the underlying causes rather than treating the symptoms. A functional medicine doctor forms a close partnership with each patient, working hand in hand to find a healthy balance and heal the body.
Because each patient is genetically and biochemically unique, functional medicine is highly personalized health care that looks closely at a patient’s history, genetics, environment and lifestyle, and utilizes nutritional therapy, exercise, supplements, hormone therapy, and natural treatments over drugs or surgery.
What health issues can functional medicine treat?
The goal of functional medicine is to determine the root cause of the disease. Columbus Wellness Medicine specializes in the treatment of:
As women age their hormone levels may become unbalanced. Treat menopause-related symptoms with transdermal and/or oral bioidentical hormones, which can also help sexual dysfunction.
Functional medicine focuses on healing the entire body to combat thyroid disease, recommending lifestyle changes in addition to traditional medications.
When our bodies aren’t getting enough nutrients, we can feel it. Nutrition therapy can help you regain and maintain good health.
Adrenal Stress / Fatigue:
Adrenal stress lowers cortisol levels, resulting in fatigue. Addressing your stressors head on, along with supplements to support adrenal health, can make all the difference.
Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) can benefit from transdermal or injectable testosterone.
Treat constipation, diarrhea, gas pain, and bloating with a personalized program that focuses on gut health.
What does a functional medicine doctor do?
Different from a traditional office visit experience where you see the doctor for only a few minutes, a functional medicine practitioner wants to know the details of your health issues, discuss your lifestyle and family history, and develop a plan of action to get you on the road to health and wellness.
At Columbus Wellness Medicine, Dr. Tuttle works one-on-one with each patient, continually focused on long-tern optimum health.
Can functional medicine improve my sex life?
There are two really amazing in-office treatments available, one for men and one for women, that can improve sexual performance and enjoyment, and increase your sex drive. The O-Shot (orgasm shot) for women and the P-Shot for men. Here’s more information on how you can improve your sex life.
Are functional medicine doctors real doctors?
Yes. In fact, Dr. Tuttle has over 10 years of experience in urgent care and over 20 years of experience in family medicine. Check out Dr. Tuttle’s bio here. Functional medicine practitioners treat a wide variety of diseases by creating the best possible health for each patient.
If you’re tired of taking medications that only treat your symptoms and you want to try a new approach that will lead to better overall health, contact Columbus Wellness Medicine and schedule an appointment today.