Best Acupuncturists Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach Dr. Stefanie Bennett

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a relatively new approach to health that looks at the underlying causes of disease and attempts to correct them before disease sets in. It focuses on determining the root causes by looking at your entire body and the environment.

Dr. Bennett’s particular approach zeroes in on three systems of your body:


1.    Brain/endocrine system, which governs your body’s processes through hormones, neurotransmitters, and other biochemical messengers (control center)
2.    Digestive system and nutrition (intake)
3.    Detoxification system (elimination)

Bennett Acupuncture addresses each system with specific laboratory tests, including saliva and urine. It’s a kind of “mind mapping” — essentially, taking a snapshot of the mind by measuring things like the quantity of serotonin and dopamine entering and exiting neurons. This is just one of the many tests that can be performed, and this particular test is cutting-edge technology offered by only one lab in the United States.

The Bennett Acupuncture and Functional Medicine approach to health offer enormous advantages, one of which is a very rapid cessation of symptoms. Patients report improvement in how they usually feel within the first month — like a “switch has been flipped.” For example, even for those who have struggled with lifelong depression, dramatic results are typically seen within the first couple of months using Kalish Method. This is mainly because the precise cause of the problem has been nailed down through laboratory testing.

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