FAQ: Functional Medicine

Welcome to our Functional Medicine FAQ page!  Here, I will address a few common questions about functional medicine and what you can expect from my practice. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

1. How is functional medicine different from conventional medicine?

Functional medicine is a patient-centered, integrative approach to healthcare that focuses on addressing the root causes of health issues rather than just treating symptoms. Here are some key differences:

  • Holistic Approach: Functional medicine considers the whole person, including physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors, to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

  • Personalized Care: Treatment plans are customized for each patient based on their unique needs, genetics, and health history.

  • Preventative Focus: Functional medicine aims to prevent illness and promote overall well-being by addressing underlying issues.

  • Limited Medications: Functional medicine often utilizes lifestyle changes, nutrition, supplements, and alternative therapies instead of relying solely on pharmaceuticals.

2. What are the benefits of functional medicine?

Functional medicine offers several advantages:

  • Root Cause Resolution: It addresses the underlying causes of health issues, providing long-term relief.

  • Personalized Care: Tailored treatments that consider your unique genetics, history, and lifestyle.

  • Prevention: Focus on preventing diseases and promoting optimal health.

  • Reduced Side Effects: Less reliance on medications with potential side effects.

  • Improved Quality of Life: Better overall well-being, energy, and vitality.

3. What happens at a functional medicine appointment?

During a functional medicine appointment, you can expect the following:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Your practitioner will gather a detailed medical history and may perform various diagnostic tests, including blood work, to understand your health.

  • Discussion: You and your practitioner will discuss your health concerns, goals, and any symptoms you’re experiencing.

  • Personalized Treatment Plan: Your practitioner will create a unique treatment plan, often incorporating dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements, and other holistic therapies.

  • Ongoing Support: Functional medicine focuses on long-term wellness, and you will have regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust your plan as needed.

4. How long will it take to see results?

The timeline for seeing results in functional medicine varies from person to person and depends on the complexity of your health issues. While some individuals experience improvement within a few weeks, others may take several months to see significant changes. It’s essential to commit to your treatment plan and follow your practitioner’s recommendations for the best results.

5. Do functional medicine doctors take insurance?

Many functional medicine services are not covered by traditional health insurance plans, as they often involve extended consultations, in-depth testing, and personalized treatments. However, some practitioners may accept  Health savings Accounts (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) or offer other payment options. It’s advisable to inquire about insurance and payment options with your specific practitioner or clinic. Payments accepted at Healthy Motives 365 include FSA/HSA, credit  and debit cards. We also offer affordable payment plans to spread your treatment cost out over time. 

Functional medicine can be a valuable approach to improving your health and well-being, and I am here to support you on your journey to optimal wellness.