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Functional Medicine in Massachusetts: Why is it so Popular?

Functional Medicine in Massachusetts: Why is it so Popular?

Functional Medicine in Massachusetts: Why is it so Popular?

 

Functional medicine is a full-body, scientific approach to health that addresses the multiple factors that contribute to a person’s wellbeing. These factors may include stress, genetics, lifestyle choices, and diet. Instead of overfocusing on treating external symptoms, functional medicine doctors address the underlying cause of health problems and help their patients heal from the inside out.

 

Functional medicine doctors view each patient uniquely and independently of each other. Instead of prescribing the same treatment for everyone, functional medicine practitioners assess each person’s unique lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors to come up with a treatment plan.

 

Some people think that functional medicine is a bunch of quackery. But that’s not correct! In reality, functional medicine is just as scientific as traditional medicine. Most functional medicine doctors go through the exact same training and certification process as traditional doctors. The main difference is that functional medicine doctors have a whole-body and holistic approach to healthcare.

 

Why is Functional Medicine Popular?

These days, people are sick and tired of spending hours in the doctor’s office, being rushed through appointments, and getting another prescription medication. That’s if you can even get in to see your doctor. 

 

Compared to our current healthcare system, functional medicine is a breath of fresh air. Functional medicine allows for a high-quality relationship between patient and doctor, which is attractive for most people. Doctors take the time to get to know each patient uniquely and develop a plan that’s customized to his or her individual health needs. 

 

Many people also prefer the noninvasive and holistic methods that functional medicine doctors use to treat their patients. Instead of jumping to medication or surgery, functional medicine providers may address the diet, analyze genetics, or work to balance the gut microbiome. While some functional medicine doctors prescribe medication, it isn’t viewed as a cure-all. 

 

Functional medicine focuses on the general well-being of an individual, not just his or her physical health. A functional medicine patient can also expect their emotional, mental, and sometimes spiritual health to be addressed by their doctor. As functional medicine doctors in Massachusetts, Five Journeys puts an emphasis on social health, encouraging our patients to develop a healthy support system.

 

Functional medicine is highly popular among those dealing with chronic illness. Unfortunately, many chronic illness patients are told that there’s no hope for treating their condition by functional doctors.

 

That’s exactly what functional medicine offers: unique, affordable, and high-quality care for everyone. 

 

What Conditions Do We Treat?

Five Journeys provides functional medicine in Massachusetts. We offer several levels of membership in exchange for everything you need for a healthy, energetic life. 

 

Functional medicine is the name of our game. We address five levels of health: structural, chemical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Our team provides diet and nutrition coaching, virtual programming, IV therapy, women’s health treatment, telemedicine, and primary care to patients in Boston or virtually. 

 

No matter what you might be dealing with, we’ve got you covered. Five Journeys is equipped to help you find complete recovery from the following (and more):

 

  • Celiac Disease
  • Leaky Gut
  • PMS
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hypothyroidism/Hashimotos
  • Hyperthyroidism/Graves
  • Diabetes
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • High Cholesterol
  • Lyme’s Disease
  • Chronic Illness 
  • Hypertension
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog

 

Check out a full list of Conditions We Treat.

 

How to Work with a Functional Medicine Doctor

You’ve decided that a functional medicine doctor is the right choice. Now what? 

 

No sweat. First, get connected with us. We need to get to know your unique health situation before we move forward with treatment. Start by booking a free 15-minute discovery call so we can meet you. As we work together, we want to get to know your story and what might be contributing to your health problems. Past health conditions, genetics, current lifestyle, and health goals are just some of the factors we keep in mind.

 

The next step is taking data. Using specialty lab testing and cutting-edge tech, we’ll examine your hormones, food allergies or sensitivities, heavy metal exposure, toxins, cortisol levels, and microbiome. Just to name a few.

 

After we’ve got solid numbers, it’s time to come up with a treatment plan. We may create a nutrition plan, prescribe supplements, work to decrease prescription medication safely, and identify markers to track your progress. We’ll also outsource as much as necessary, such as recommending chiropractic treatment, IVs, or mental health support. 

 

With this well-rounded and full-body approach to health, it’s no wonder that our patients see results and that functional medicine has gotten so popular!

 

Functional Medicine in Massachusetts 

At Five Journeys, we love helping local and virtual patients find a life of vitality that’s worth smiling—and celebrating! Whether you’re struggling with a chronic illness or need more energy, we are here to help. Read more about how we can help and take your first step by booking a free discovery call today.

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