We all know what traditional medicine is: medications. Too many times, physicians often try several different drugs until they can find the one that will help the person with their ailment. The scientists behind the drugs create these drugs and then state how conditions they will help; however, every person is different and the way their body metabolizes these drugs can be very different. Function medicine experts in Edmonton use alternative medicine that focus a bit differently on our bodies.

Functional medicine is a type of alternative medicine that focuses on our bodies immune, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems between the environment. Those that practice this type of medicine help create a personal treatment plan for their patients. Of course, since it is not traditional, some of the methods are disproven or even unproven treatment types and there are many that are against this type of treatment considering it to be pseudoscientific.

 

The way in which it works is that instead of going on the presumption of the base of the disease functional medicine looks for triggers, mediators, and antecedents. This is meant to find the underlying cause of the disease. Too many times, traditional medication only treat the symptoms and never look far enough to find the cause such as a person that has severe migraines. There could be underlying reasons for the migraines, but the physicians only prescribe main medication which does not confront the cause of the migraines, as is often done with many illnesses.

Treatable Conditions with Functional Medicine

There are several different conditions that can be successfully treated with functional medicine which include diarrhea, bloating, constipation, food allergies, abdominal pain, colitis, irritable bowel, morning sickness, indigestion, nausea, gallstones, peptic ulcer, muscle pain, cramping, migraines, headaches, joint pain, back pain, shoulder pain, strains, arthritis, sports injuries, sciatica, sprains, TMJ, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, palpitations, poor circulation, edema, anemia, angina, atrial fibrillation, PMS, pregnancy enhancement, hormonal imbalances, PMS, menopause symptoms, cysts, fibroids, incontinence, interstitial cystitis, erectile dysfunction, BPH, frequent urination, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, bipolar, chronic fatigue, shingles, facial pain, vertigo, dandruff, acne, scars, adjunctive cancer therapy, and smoking cessation among many others.

As you can see functional medicine can do more than you may imagine and without all the side effects of traditional medications. Even though, there is no scientific evidence that these methods work, it is often much better than the medications that are given traditionally that only keep you in bed asleep so you may not realize that you are anxious or under stress.

Before you begin this type of medicine, you should let your functional medicine physician know any of the traditional medications you may be using at the time as these may cause issues with your treatment.