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What is Natural Medicine / Functional Medicine?

What is Natural Medicine / Functional Medicine?

Utilizing nutrition, lifestyle, and plant medicines and nutraceuticals, natural and functional medicine restores balance to the body, so that interferences to the body’s self-healing capacities are reduced or eliminated.

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, seeing the whole person, and not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine physicians spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. Functional medicine supports the optimal and unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Functional Medicine is patient-centered, science-based care, it addresses the causes of chronic disease, which are rooted in lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetic influences.

Functional medicine emphasizes the therapeutic partnership, which engages the heart, mind, and spirit of both practitioner and patient, and encourages moments of deep insight that contribute to more comprehensive answers to stubborn, complex health problems. Incorporating genetic science, human biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the manifestation and progression of disease, functional medicine allows for personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health. Dr. Trail often uses plant based medicines or nutraceuticals to heal and bring balance to the body’s systems. All natural medicines used have been researched and produced with high standards and quality control measures.