How is Functional Medicine different from what MD’s provide?
Functional medicine is a science-based system and approach looking at the fundamental underlying causes of clinical symptoms. I am at looking for not what is wrong with this person, but why this person has an issue. Functional medicine should not be labeled as alternative medicine or medicine; it’s not either. It is system biology and how all kinds of different influences can impact a person’s health. When I understand the causes of the conditions versus just diagnosis of the disease itself, I can have expanded options on how to treat underlying imbalances and mechanisms that lead disease. Knock legs right from underneath the disease.
Are patients symptoms vital to you?
Yes. So many other practitioners are looking where the symptoms are coming from and what they can quickly do to treat those symptoms with medications and surgeries. I’m much more interested in what happened and what created that problem, to begin with. For many patients, this is when the light bulb comes on! They can appreciate the idea that I’m looking at them as an individual.
Is your approach based on the same ways in how medicine doctor diagnosis?
Yes, I incorporate that information. For 10+ years of experience working side by side with Internal medicine doctors within a medical group. Through this practice, I learned the importance of co-managing your care with your MD. I believe keeping an open dialogue with your primary care provider or your specialist is the best way to ensure you receive the treatment that best benefits you. Internists, pain management specialists, neurologists, Gastroenterology, and other types of MDs regularly refer their patients.
Is acupuncture part of your protocol with functional medicine?
Every case is different. Acupuncture can boost the response to functional medicine care. Acupuncture treatments many times save money for the patient with quicker results and more significant results. Not many know that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) boasts the oldest medical text in the world and many consider TCM the foundation of functional medicine.
What is meant by cause approach?
We are looking at the way the body works in systems versus focusing on diseases. We are looking at genetics, toxicology, nutrition, trauma, and using advanced lab testings of body functions, mechanisms, and balances between systems for the whole big picture. Then we can identify the root cause. Hence, this gives us a system biology map that we can use to work with.
Does this approach work on chronic conditions?
I work with patients in a very systematic way when they’ve got a chronic problem. We will unravel the root cause of that problem and then address those underlying causes. I am going to give them the roadmap why they have a health problem and devise a plan on how to address it. Our patients actively participate, look and feel better. Love it. Functional medicine is here and now.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, Ph.D. – Holds both a master and one of the few in the area with a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, fertility, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. Dr. Bennett also serves many people from Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Tustin and Orange County. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome.