Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine

What’s The Difference Between Functional Medicine and Conventional Medicine?

Functional Medicine vs Conventional Medicine

Though formally trained as a medical doctor specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, I have deepened and expanded my training to incorporate complementary healing practices.  The beauty of integrative medicine is its ability to take Western, conventional medicine training with its modern understanding of the human body and modern therapeutic techniques and integrate it with ancient healing traditions and naturopathic practices.  It is not simply using ancient healing philosophies to “complement” medical practice or to use them as an “alternative” to conventional medicine.

My interest in integrating traditional with naturopathic approaches is a result of over 16 years of a robust gynecology practice.  As women became more knowledgeable about their bodies and their hormone health, we as practitioners needed to look beyond our limited, somewhat narrow focus on gynecologic diseases.  All too often, women are offered very limited options in terms of relieving intrusive and troubling symptoms related to hormonal imbalance.  I look back at my early years of practice when my therapeutic arsenal contained Prempro, Birth Control pills and Prozac to treat every hormonal malady: PMS, menopausal symptoms, painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids, breast tenderness, depression, anxiety, irregular periods, heavy periods and low libido.  I am by no means saying there is no role for these pharmaceutical agents, for many women it has been truly helpful and even life altering, but I am saying that there is a lot of benefit to embracing natural healing techniques, nutritional medicine, herbal and vitamin therapies, and mind-body medicine.  I have many patients to thank for pushing me to learn and discover the power of integrative medicine.

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