Functional Medicine treatments Columbus Ohio
Functional medicine treats the individual not the disease. We’re all unique; physically, genetically, biochemically, etc. When you visit a functional medicine practitioner, it’s a completely different experience than with a general practitioner or traditional health care provider.
At Columbus Wellness Medicine, we spend time with you to learn about your personal and family history, how and when you experienced your first symptoms, and which treatments or medicines you’ve tried in the past. Then, we assess your current state of health and determine a treatment plan.
Want to know more? Just call us! Meanwhile, here are videos and information about several health issues we help alleviate:
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY:
Hormone replacement therapy is growing in popularity. As females age, they may gain unwanted weight, experience loss of libido, and develop mental fogginess, sleep disturbances, hot flashes and irritability. Treatments include transdermal and/or oral bioidentical hormones to address menopause-related symptoms and sexual dysfunction caused by low hormone levels. Periodic testing is required to determine appropriate dosing.
THYROID DISEASE, HYPOTHYROIDISM AND THYROIDITIS:
When evaluating and treating thyroid function, mainstream medicine and functional medicine do not see eye to eye. Functional medicine doctors believe that healing the body is the number one priority in combating health problems. Evaluation and treatment of low thyroid and thyroiditis is done to determine what form and dose of thyroid medication is best for that individual and to determine what lifestyle changes are warranted to help the thyroid heal.
FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION THERAPY FOR NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES:
Nutrient deficiencies can lead to many problems including weight loss resistance, inflammation, and poor gut function. There are tests available to help us uncover what nutrients are deficient so we can create a personalized replacement program just for you. This is incredibly helpful for regaining and maintaining good health.
ADRENAL STRESS AND FATIGUE:
Adrenal stress causes cortisol levels to be too high or too low at the wrong times. Adrenal fatigue occurs when cortisol levels become too low due to long-standing adrenal stress. Treatments include evaluating your life stressors and adrenal status, finding ways to address the stress, changing what can be changed, and learning how better to deal with stressors that can’t be changed. Specific supplements are often used to help support good adrenal health.
LOW TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT:
Low testosterone can be treated with transdermal or injectable testosterone. There are also lifestyle changes and herbal therapies that help with testosterone levels and sexual dysfunction. Younger men with testicular hypofunction may also need human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) therapy. Periodic testing is required to manage hormone levels and to be sure that treatment continues safely.
“All disease begins in the gut,” claimed Hippocrates circa 460-370 B.C. Today, this is still the case as a properly functioning digestive system (AKA your gut) is imperative to maintain good health. If you’re experiencing gas, bloating, stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea, you likely have an unhealthy gut. Testing is done to look for intestinal infections, deficiencies in digestive enzymes, and food intolerances. A personalized program is designed for each person to correct the problem.
Unfortunately, we are exposed to toxic compounds every day in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. If our bodies are not able to properly detoxify, the toxins accumulate and cause health problems. Fatigue, pain, and foggy brain are just some of the symptoms that can be caused by toxins. We can perform environmental toxin and heavy metal toxin evaluations, and then make a game plan made for detoxifying.
Our genes are influenced by our lifestyle and environment, which means the choices we make not only affect our health but also the health of our children and grandchildren. The good news is nutrition can influence genetic expression. In some people, it’s important to check for genetic alterations that may either reduce or increase the rate of certain biochemical pathways. When we learn where the glitches are, we can give the correct nutrients to help bypass the genetic roadblocks.
Would you like to know more about functional medicine treatments? Columbus Wellness Medicine, located in Columbus, Ohio, provides patient-centered care to relieve various health problems. You don’t need to do it alone; we’ll be your partner every step of the way.