Introduction to Function Medicine
Functional medicine is a healthcare philosophy emphasizing identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic diseases and health conditions. Unlike conventional medicine, which tends to treat symptoms with drugs or surgery, functional medicine aims to restore the body’s natural function by addressing the root causes of health problems. Hormonal imbalances are a common health concern that functional medicine can effectively manage.
Hormones regulate numerous bodily processes, including reproduction metabolism, mood, and reproductive health. Hormonal imbalances can occur for multiple reasons, including stress, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, and aging. Traditional medicine treats hormonal imbalances with medications or hormone replacement therapy.
Functional medicine takes a more holistic approach, looking at the whole person and their lifestyle to identify and address the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances. This outline will explore the functional medicine approach to hormonal imbalances, common hormonal imbalances, and available treatment options.