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FAQs about Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?

As opposed to traditional medicine, functional medicine seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.

Instead of asking, “What drug matches up with this disease?” Functional Medicine asks the vital questions that very few conventional doctors ask: “Why do you have this problem in the first place?” and “Why has function been lost?” and “What can we do to restore function?” In other words, Functional Medicine looks to find the root cause or mechanism involved with any loss of function, which ultimately reveals why a set of symptoms is there in the first place, or why the patient has a particular disease label.

What can you expect from your first Functional Medicine consultation?

Expect your first visit with Dr. Sandy Ziya to last around 90 minutes. Before you even get up on the exam table, Dr. Ziya will sit down with you and have a conversation not only about your symptoms, but about your lifestyle. She will ask questions to identify the root patterns that present as symptoms such as pain, insomnia, GI distress, infertility, anxiety, and much more.

Dr. Ziya will review your comprehensive health history including all organ systems, blood panels, recommendations, and neurological tests. Western and Chinese pulses, blood pressure and body palpitation will assist in diagnosis.

After the initial evaluation and information gathering, Dr. Ziya will suggest a treatment plan that could include any combination of her ever expanding treatment modalities.

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