Functional Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
Getting and staying well is the foundation of functional medicine. At World Wellness Health Institute, people living in and around Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA, as well as the surrounding communities, are treated by board-certified physician Dr. Daniel Lebowitz to heal health conditions and restore balance to the entire body using functional medicine practices.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is patient-centered medical healing where physicians avoid simply treating health problems as isolated diseases and instead treat individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances, and dysfunctions. It is a science-based, natural way to become healthy again. We treat the whole individual, not just a group of symptoms.
With functional medicine, physicians use alternative methods to diagnose conditions as opposed to more advanced diagnostic testing. Treatments follow a natural route through nutrition, supplements, and treatments other than drugs or surgery. Functional medicine is about restoring balance in the body’s primary physiological processes. This allows patients to achieve and maintain the goal of lifelong optimal health.
Benefits of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine works to treat the individual and not the symptoms. Physicians using functional medicine want to know why a patient has a symptom so that the condition and patient are treated. Patients are turning to functional medicine in favor of conventional “western” medicine because it:
- Fosters a physician-patient partnership
- Promotes preventive medicine rather than treatment medicine
- Allows patients to pay for services when they choose to pay for them not when an insurance company tells them to pay
- Allows patients to connect with their physician when they need to see him
How Does Functional Medicine Work?
Functional medicine is a progressive form of medicine that dates way back in history. Although it is science based, it operates on the foundation that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, as well as prevent nearly all the diseases of aging. It views everyone as being genetically and biochemically unique, thus requiring the need for personalized healthcare that treats each individual rather than the symptoms they have.
So instead of wanting to match a drug to a disease, functional medicine physicians figure out what is at the root of the illness or loss of function that caused the symptoms in the first place. Once that is accomplished, a treatment plan is established using natural therapies to allow the healing process to begin and a state of wellness to occur. The human body is intelligent and has the capacity for self-regulation, which expresses itself through a dynamic balance of all your bodily systems. With functional medicine, one of the primary goals is to restore and maintain that balance.
Functional medicine is also used as a preventive method for maintaining wellness. Through proven natural therapies, patients are able to stay in optimal health by focusing on the balance of their body, mind and spirit.
Functional Medicine Recovery
If you have sought treatment from a functional medicine physician for a specific issue, once it is diagnosed, a treatment plan is customized to meet the needs of your specific condition and your needs. You can either fully recover or have marked improvement for most health issues through functional medicine once the correct and underlying causes are identified.
Treating these conditions requires your participation since it is tailored to your lifestyle as much as the condition itself. Your treatment plan may involve lifestyle changes in terms of your eating habits, physical activity, stress levels and other factors. These changes are made to help your body work at ideal levels that may be hampered by external influences making you more prone to illnesses.
Another element of functional medicine involves treatments that may incorporate supplements, drugs, botanical medicines and therapeutic diets, as well as detoxification programs. As the patient, you are involved in determining what types of therapies you want to incorporate into your treatment plan so that you help determine the outcome of your health condition.
How Much Does Functional Medicine Cost?
The cost of functional medicine treatments is based on the treatments themselves, so they vary with each patient. At World Wellness Health Institute, we offer a base fee for the concierge program in which patients have appointments or visits with Dr. Lebowitz throughout the year. During a complimentary consultation, Dr. Lebowitz goes over the wellness program, explains how functional medicine treatments play into the program and discusses our payment options and financing through CareCredit®.
Functional Medicine Consultation
The initial, complimentary consultation with Dr. Lebowitz is a huge part of the functional medicine process. It involves in-depth conversations about your medical history and that of your family, your current health – physical and mental, spiritual health, social elements and the circumstances around the initial symptoms if applicable. If there is a problem, he may perform an overall, detailed checkup to find any visible signs of illness under the surface and suggest blood samples for testing to have a firm understanding of your physical health. Throughout the process, you are free to ask any questions or address any concerns. As we’ve said, functional medicine is a patient-centered approach to medicine that involves active participation on the part of the patient.
At World Wellness Health Institute, Dr. Daniel Lebowitz, M.D., a board-certified physician, emphasizes healing and complete wellness through functional medicine and complete wellness programs. People living in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA, and the surrounding communities can turn to functional medicine for natural healing and whole-person wellness. Contact us today!
*Individual results may vary