Functional Medicine Specialist

Miami Center for Holistic Healing

Functional Medicine located in Miami, FL

Rather than just treating symptoms, a functional medicine approach to health care offers a unique way to address the underlying causes of disease and offers a way to restore your body’s natural function. Nancy Eklund, MD, and her team provide this science-based approach to promote your wellness at Miami Center for Holistic Healing in Miami, Florida. To learn more about how functional medicine can support your overall well-being and address underlying dysfunction, call the office or schedule an appointment using this website.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine promotes your health through a patient-centered approach, taking into account your biochemically unique makeup. Health interventions based on a functional medicine model are tailored to you and aim at restoring your physiological, psychological, and structural balance.

Unlike conventional medicine, which tends to address symptoms rather than the root cause of illness, functional medicine looks at all the potential factors that may be contributing to your condition. This includes an examination of lifestyle habits, nutrition, and emotional health.

Functional medicine can help in acute crises, but also promotes a long-term approach to your wellness that looks at why symptoms arose in the first place and prevents them from returning.

What are the principles of functional medicine?

As functional medicine practitioners, Dr. Eklund and her team recognize that every person is an individual with a unique genetic and biochemical blueprint. They seek to treat you and foster the normal healing mechanisms of the body.

Seven basic principles govern the functional medicine approach. These include:

  • Science-based medicine that connects research to practice
  • Recognition of biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness
  • Care that is patient-centered rather than disease-focused
  • Creating a dynamic balance of internal and external factors
  • Recognition that there are web-like interconnections between your bodily systems
  • Promotion of health as vitality and not merely the absence of disease
  • Preservation of organ health to promote a long, healthy life

Functional medicine recognizes that your body is intelligent and can self-regulate. It has the ability to heal and prevent most of the diseases of aging, when supported with proper nutrition and health practices.

How is functional medicine applied to patients?

The Miami Center for Holistic Healing uses a functional medicine approach for all patients. The team does a careful analysis of your health history, physical health, and laboratory test results. They assess your hormone and neurotransmitter levels, evaluates your oxidative stress, and looks for imbalances in your immune system. They also discuss things such as your digestion and elimination habits and looks for signs of inflammation.

Following an assessment of your health, your provider develops a customized treatment plan to help resolve any illness or underlying dysfunction. Treatment often focuses on lifestyle habits, which are a big contributor to chronic disease. Research estimates that 70-90% of chronic disease is attributable to lifestyle. The team can help you make changes to the way you eat, how you exercise, and your stress levels to maximize your health and wellness.

To learn more about how a functional medicine approach can optimize your quality of life, call The Miami Center for Holistic Healing or schedule an appointment using the online tool.