Austin Functional Medicine
At Wiseman Family Practice we practice integrative medicine – medicine that combines the best of alternative and conventional medicine. To accomplish this, we practice a medical approach that is known as Functional Medicine.
While other practices tend to focus solely on the disease and the symptoms of a patient, we focus on the patient’s whole being using Functional Medicine approaches. We center on a patient’s needs and try to develop a relationship to better understand a patient’s health history, symptoms, as well as the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence a patient’s health. This relationship between us and the patient better serves the patient’s long-term health as we can better determine unique and sustainable solutions.
Patient-Centered Functional Medicine Approach
This patient-centered approach considers the latest information from the scientific community. This includes information about genetics, the intersection between environment and lifestyle, and biology – all of which can impact how a patient’s health progresses. At Wiseman Family Practice, analyzing these intersections for each one of our patients allow us to develop a therapeutic partnership. This process empowers our patients to speak for themselves and helps their doctors determine the best solutions for their patients.
3 Ways Wiseman Family Practice Approaches Functional Medicine:
- Researching the latest medical news in regards to systems biology, genetics, and the intersection between lifestyle and environmental factors within a patient’s life that can influence how a disease progresses.
- Using a new system and clinical model to diagnose, assess, treat, and prevent disease. Instead of focusing only on symptoms, we focus on the patient, which allows us to treat the entire patient instead of just a set of symptoms.
- Allowing patients to pursue interest in their own health which creates a working partnership between us and our patients. This makes it easier to pursue and find personalized, unique medical care that can anticipate issues before they occur.
Integrative Medicine and Austin Functional Medicine
Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine work well together. Integrative medicine focuses on using both alternative and conventional therapies, that are evidence based, when treating a patient. Functional Medicine provides a framework for this integrative medicine model. Functional Medicine allows us to apply our knowledge of the entire patient in order to address the source of disease along with sustainable solutions. Functional Medicine’s goal is to determine “WHY” the patient has this illness and hopes to answer this question by looking over all the medical evidence of the patient’s symptoms, genetics, environment, and lifestyle. This is especially important when treating chronic diseases that affect multiple organs, as Functional Medicine’s systematic method of analyzing each individual patient allows a doctor to see the bigger picture of a patient’s health.
For more information on Functional Medicine please view The Institute for Functional Medicine Website.
Before becoming a patient at Wiseman Family Practice, I didn’t know much about integrative medicine. Because my autoimmune disease is complicated, it means a lot of lab work and medication adjustments. But they are always willing to use multiple approaches with traditional and alternative treatments, even the acupuncture has been a blessing and helpful with managing chronic pain.