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Functional Medicine Vs. Naturopathic Medicine and Why an Integrated Approach Is Best

If you’re looking for an effective treatment plan for a medical concern, there are many different approaches to consider. Among these treatment approaches are functional and naturopathic medicine. 

Functional and naturopathic medicine are distinct methods with numerous differences. Each offers benefits to help patients make a full recovery from various conditions. However, while many patients opt for a single treatment method, an integrated approach can offer you the best of both worlds.

Here, we’ll discuss how an integrated approach to medical treatment can help you reach optimal health. 

Functional Medicine Vs. Naturopathic Medicine

Functional medicine is a system-based approach to medical treatment that aims to identify the underlying cause of disease. This method is central to the patient and based on science. With the patient and doctor working together to find and treat the root of the problem, functional medicine can help patients achieve relief. 

Naturopathic medicine, on the other hand, is an approach based on natural remedies. The goal is to enable the body to heal itself and prevent future health problems. In naturopathic medicine, science is combined with traditional and natural medicines to find an effective treatment for various conditions.

Why Choose an Integrated Approach

Many patients find that a single treatment approach, whether functional or naturopathic, doesn’t provide the results that they’re after. With an integrated approach, both functional and naturopathic treatment options will be considered. A combination of these two approaches may be used to achieve an optimal recovery.  

An integrative treatment approach is often particularly beneficial for patients struggling with commonly misdiagnosed problems, as well as chronic conditions. Specifically, combining conventional methods with scientifically-proven alternative and natural therapies can lead to success in the treatment of:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Digestive issues
  • Recurring infections
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings

The Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine has had success in helping patients decode mystifying health concerns and achieve lasting relief. Our integrative treatment approach can help you regain optimal health and wellbeing for a higher quality of life. 

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