Phone

(443) 338-4908

Email

DrGorman@TheBioVisageClinic.com

Location

913 Ridgebrook RD, Suite 100, Sparks, MD 21152 & 9730 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 205B, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Functional medicine is a holistic approach to health that addresses the root causes of chronic diseases, rather than just treating the symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners such as Dr. Gorman use advanced lab testing, personalized interventions, and lifestyle changes to help patients achieve optimal wellness and prevent future illness.

So let’s explore some of the benefits of functional medicine and how it can help you improve your health and quality of life.

  1. Functional medicine is personalized. Functional medicine recognizes that each person is unique and has different genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence their health. Functional medicine practitioners take a comprehensive history, perform thorough physical exams, and order specialized lab tests to understand your individual needs and tailor a treatment plan that suits you.
  2. Functional medicine is also preventive. Functional medicine does not wait for diseases to manifest, but rather seeks to identify and correct the underlying imbalances that predispose you to illness. Functional medicine practitioners use cutting-edge tools such as genomics, metabolomics, and microbiome analysis to assess your risk factors and design interventions that can prevent or delay the onset of chronic conditions.
  3. Functional medicine is integrative. Functional medicine does not rely on a single modality or discipline, but rather draws from a variety of sources and evidence-based practices to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. Functional medicine practitioners may use acupuncture, supplements, herbs, biofeedback, meditation, nutrition, exercise, and other therapies to address your health concerns.
  4. Functional medicine is empowering. Functional medicine puts you at the center of your own health journey and gives you the tools and support you need to take charge of your well-being. Functional medicine practitioners educate you about your condition, explain the rationale behind their recommendations, and encourage you to participate in your own healing process. Functional medicine also fosters a collaborative relationship between you and your practitioner, where you can share your feedback, concerns, and goals.
  5. Functional medicine is transformative. Functional medicine does not just aim to reduce your symptoms or manage your disease, but rather to restore your optimal function and vitality. Functional medicine practitioners help you address the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of your health and guide you towards achieving your highest potential.

If you are interested in learning more about functional medicine, please visit the Institute for Functional Medicine website at https://www.ifm.org/. You can also view Dr. Gorman’s profile at the Institute for Functional Medicine here: https://www.ifm.org/practitioners/niloufar-gorman/.

Working with a Functional Medicine Practitioner

Functional medicine practitioners promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease

Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend more time with their

patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions between

environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors that influence health.

The functional medicine practitioner will consider multiple factors, including:

  • Environmental inputs: The air you breathe and the water you drink, the diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical activity, and toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced affect your health and well-being.
  • Mind-body connections: Psychological, spiritual, and social factors can all have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the functional medicine practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
  • Genetic makeup: Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.

By understanding the genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors unique to each person, a functional medicine practitioner can identify which bodily

processes are affected. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function, repair, and maintain themselves. Others are related to how your body processes and uses nutrients. These processes include:

  • How your body rids itself of toxins
  • Regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters (nerve messengers)
  • Immune system function
  • Inflammatory responses
  • Digestion and absorption of nutrients and the health of the digestive tract
  • Structural integrity
  • Psychological and spiritual balance
  • How you produce energy

Any of these bodily processes can become imbalanced or disrupted, which can cause symptoms and accelerate disease.

A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment

The good news is that most imbalances can be addressed to restore or substantially improve a person’s health.

  • Prevention is key. Nearly every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in function that can be identified relatively early on and effectively managed.
  • Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on health. The functional medicine practitioner examines a wide array of available interventions and customizes a treatment plan, including those with the most impact on your health.
  • Functional medicine expands the clinician’s tool kit. Treatments may include combinations of drugs, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs. They may also include counseling on lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.
  • The patient becomes a partner. As a patient, you become an active partner with your functional medicine practitioner. Such a partnership allows you to be in charge of improving your health and changing the outcome of disease.