Functional Medicine in St. Louis, MO
What Does A Functional Medicine Doctor Do?
There are so many people dealing with chronic pain, long-term health problems and serious issues that don’t know how to properly treat or manage their conditions. Unfortunately, many people mask their pain through pain relievers and other medications that don’t actually treat the problem but just numb the discomfort until it returns a few hours later.
Would you rather be reliant on medication for the rest of your life or would you rather find a solution that can treat what’s going on? Here at Environmental Health Center, we provide a patient-centered, holistic and functional medicine approach to treatment and healing that doesn’t just mask symptoms.
What is functional medicine?
The goal of functional medicine is to be able to pinpoint the root cause of the symptoms you are experiencing rather than just treating the symptoms themselves. Our functional medicine specialist, Dr. Sultan and his team focus on how the body functions as a whole rather than just providing isolated symptom treatment, which is not nearly as effective for long-term maintenance, pain-relief, and support.
Through functional medicine, Dr. Sultan can treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including,
- Sinus problems
- Thyroid issues
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chronic infections
- Chronic fatigue
- Lyme disease
Furthermore, functional medicine allows our patients to take an active interest and role in their own health, by working with our holistic doctor to create an individualized treatment plan that will provide the most long-term benefits for each patient.
With the increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders and heart disease in the US, the use of functional medicine is becoming even more important. After all, functional medicine takes a look at everything from the patient’s physiology and history to their lifestyle to see how everything interconnects to impact their health. Our medical team takes all of these factors into consideration when diagnosing and treating a patient.
Functional medicine integrates traditional medicine and alternative medicine approaches. Therefore, lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes and routine exercises may be recommended to many of our patients. Along with these lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, stress management, rehabilitation, detox programs, physical therapy and on occasion prescription drugs may also be included in a patient’s treatment plan.