Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine
Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and other chronic conditions affect a substantial number of Americans; roughly half of all people in the United States have at least one chronic illness, and one in three people lives with multiple chronic diseases. At Discover Health in San Francisco’s North Beach area, integrative family medicine specialist Dr. Radha Lewis uses functional medicine to tackle the underlying cause of an illness instead of just treating its symptoms. Call Discover Health today, or book your appointment online.

Functional Medicine Q & A

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What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine takes a whole-person approach to chronic disease treatment. Functional medicine practitioners like Dr. Lewis consider the possible underlying causes of your health condition as well as a complete range of factors that may be contributing to or exacerbating the problem.

The functional medicine approach is:

  • Individualized
  • Patient-centered
  • Science-based

Dr. Lewis considers the complex web of factors and interactions in your medical history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness, as well as what changes or treatments are required to treat or reverse these disorders.

Because the primary goal of functional medicine is to promote optimal, long-term wellness, Dr. Lewis focuses on educating and empowering you to play an active role in your health and well-being.

What are the advantages of functional medicine?

As a multidisciplinary approach to health, functional medicine is widely considered to be the future of conventional medicine. Unlike traditional medicine, which focuses on treating your symptoms, functional medicine targets the cause of your illness.

This approach has two significant benefits:

  1. It promotes genuine long-term health improvements, not short-term fixes
  2. It gives patients a thorough understanding of how to affect their health outcomes

By taking your complete medical history, unique genetic makeup, lifestyle factors, and environmental influences into account, functional medicine supports your particular expression of health as well as your vitality.

What is the functional medicine treatment approach?

You might call functional medicine an integrative approach, in that it combines the best medical practices of traditional western medicine with naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Lewis uses the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques and provides prescription medications when necessary; she also offers treatment through:

  • Optimal nutrition and therapeutic diets
  • Supplements and botanical medicines
  • Exercise and physical therapy
  • Detoxification programs and stress-management techniques

If you have heart disease, for example, Dr. Lewis can provide a detailed diagnosis and a customized treatment plan. Part of that plan may include helping you to:

  • Shift to a heart-healthy diet
  • Get the right kind and amount of exercise
  • Achieve a healthy body weight
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Quit smoking

If you’d like to learn more about how Dr. Lewis’s approach can help you, call or book your appointment online today.

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