Functional Medicine Defined

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.

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.