What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a scientific, evidence-based form of alternative health care that addresses the root cause of disease in ways that conventional medicine often doesn’t. Instead of identifying what the disease is, functional medicine focuses on why the disease is occurring in the first place. While the conventional medical system is excellent at treating acute situations, it isn’t always set up to best evaluate and remedy chronic conditions. At Qi, our physicians work alongside your current health care professionals to amplify your medical options. They provide the thorough, unrushed appointments and detailed physical and emotional assessments that are needed to identify underlying dysfunction.

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Functional medicine is a holistic form of medicine that looks at the way multiple systems in our body operate and interact with each other. Our body’s physiology is interconnected – organs, blood, biochemicals, and so on. Our family doctor considers the whole person, not just localized symptoms. This systems-based approach often uncovers hidden conditions that explain an assortment of symptoms including digestive disorders, fatigue, foggy brain, low mood, menopausal concerns, recurring infections and food sensitivities.
Integrative medicine is a term sometimes used for functional medicine. Integrative medicine refers to the array of treatment options that may be recommended beyond pharmaceutical: these can range from massage to chiropractic care, from nutritional counselling to prescribed natural supplements. Qi’s Family Medicine program is by no means anti-pharmaceutical, but our approach is to minimize use and focus on optimizing wellbeing by addressing underlying conditions that benefit more from lifestyle choices and alternative health care.

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Dr. Hyndman is a functional MD with over ten years’ experience who believes in offering her patients the time and specialized attention needed to find holistic, evidence-based solutions to their health care concerns.

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Dr. Bryn Hyndman MD

Dr. Hyndman is a functional MD with over ten years’ experience who believes in offering her patients the time and specialized attention needed to find holistic, evidence-based solutions to their health care concerns. “Too often,” she says, “I’ve seen patients who are suffering from ongoing symptoms with underlying causes that simply aren’t being identified.” With her dual training as a naturopathic doctor and as a registered doctor with the CCFP (Canadian College of Family Practitioners), Dr. Hyndman uses a functional medicine approach to optimize the health of patients looking for alternative health care options beyond what the traditional Western medical system offers.

As a private doctor, she can spend the time that many people don’t find with conventional doctors – the time to actively listen, perform focused physical exams, and run extensive laboratory assessments when needed. The goal is to find the root cause of dysfunction and disease, instead of simply treating symptoms.

Dr. Hyndman has studied and trained in the UK, the US, and Canada. She believes in an integrated medical methodology that encompasses mental and emotional wellbeing as well as physiological. While by no means anti-pharmaceutical, Dr. Hyndman suggests only the medications that are absolutely necessary, focusing instead on alternative medicine options that address underlying conditions. Dr. Hyndman sees her role as not only a functional medicine practitioner but also an educator, showing patients how to not only treat dysfunction, but prevent it from occurring in the first place by focusing on fundamental wellness.

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