Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. It integrates Western medical practices with alternative and complimentary medicine to provide a balanced approach to treating an individual. Through the use of laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques, a practitioner is able to get a clear and thorough view of what’s going on in the body without making assumptions. With this information, a practitioner can provide targeted care that is unique to the individual.

Some of the tests offered at East West Integrative Medicine include:

  • Comprehensive Food Allergy & Sensitivty Testing
  • Complete Hormone Testing
  • Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment
  • Comprehensive Cortisol Testing

Comprehensive Food Allergy & Sensitivity Testing

A food allergy is an adverse food reaction that is mediated by the immune system. An adverse food reaction may cause one or more symptoms following
the intake of a food and change the way one feels or functions. Symptoms may include GI upset such as gas, boating pain, diarrhea, or nausea, as well as other reactions like skin rash, achy joints, or fatigue.

Complete Hormone Testing

This test is a comprehensive panel that evaluates urinary hormone metabolism, which is designed to assist in the prevention and treatment of hormone related symptoms and conditions. This test provides clues about menstrual irregularities, infertility, menopause, fatigue, breast cancer, and osteoporosis.

Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment

The Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment is a hormone test that provides a thorough analysis of thyroid hormone metabolism. Thyroid hormones are essential and primary regulators of the body’s metabolism. The test measures central thyroid gland regulation and activity, thyroid production and secretion, thyroid conversion, and thyroid autoimmunity.

Cortisol Testing

Cortisol is a hormone our body produces in order to deal with stress. It also helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels and promotes a health immune system. East West Integrative Medicine offers comprehensive cortisol testing which is measured in saliva and is collected at 4 points of time throughout the day. This provides a true reading of stress levels during 24 hours.