Why Functional Medicine?
We know that you have options when it comes to your healthcare. Not all doctors or approaches are the same. Some people do fine visiting their primary care provider once a year, while others need one-on-one attention and personalized wellness plans.
Functional medicine is a holistic approach to wellness that puts your needs first.
Modern medicine often revolves around quick fixes and pharmaceutical interventions. This means complex conditions go undertreated. This is particularly true for anxiety.
Medications make you feel like you’ve lost your spark, and generalized advice like “eat better” is hard to put into practice.
Functional medicine helps you regain your vitality!
If you would like to learn more about what functional medicinecan do for you, continue exploring this website and then sign up for an inquiry consultation with Dr. Tanya Hudson.
"If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.”
- Dr. Tanya Hudson
Life Before and After Functional Medicine
Before starting functional medicine, many people feel overshadowed by the heavy burden of anxiety. Daily tasks became daunting challenges, and the constant state of unease left them feeling trapped in a never-ending cycle of worry and tension. Sleepless nights and racing thoughts were the norm, and prescription medications seemed to provide only temporary relief, accompanied by unwanted side effects.
However, after embracing functional medicine treatments, a remarkable transformation often begins to take place place. Gradually, the storm of anxiety begins to calm, replaced by a sense of inner peace and resilience.
Through personalized dietary adjustments, herbal remedies, and mind-body techniques, you can develop the tools to manage your anxiety naturally. The once overwhelming symptoms gradually recede, allowing you to rediscover the joy of living with a newfound sense of balance and vitality.
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Dangers of Overmedication
Overmedication is a concern for conventional medicine, particularly when it comes to managing anxiety. While pharmaceuticals can be effective in managing some symptoms, they often come with a range of side effects and the potential for dependency. Prolonged use of medications like benzodiazepines and antidepressants can lead to tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, and, in some cases, even addiction.
Here’s the thing. Medications only address the symptoms, leaving the underlying causes unaddressed. This is where functional medicine shines, as it focuses on treating the root causes of illnesses like anxiety.
“Take moments of quiet time to be still and focus on your physical and mental health.”
What Does a Functional Medicine Wellness Plan Look Like?
Nutrition and Diet
Functional medicine places a strong emphasis on the role of nutrition in overall health.
Dr. Hudson works with patients to develop personalized dietary plans that support their individual needs. For instance, certain foods and nutrients have been shown to have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to alleviate anxiety.
Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to address various health concerns. Functional medicine doctors can prescribe herbal supplements and teas that may help reduce anxiety and improve overall well-being. Herbs like valerian, passionflower, and lavender are known for their calming properties.
Functional medicine doctors work closely with patients to identify lifestyle factors contributing to their chronic illnesses. This can include stress management techniques, exercise programs, and sleep hygiene to address anxiety and other health issues naturally.
Our wellness plans also encourage the use of mind-body techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises to manage anxiety. These practices can help individuals develop resilience and reduce the impact of chronic illnesses on their lives.
Experience Personalized Care from Dr. Hudson
Functional medicine isn’t just about science and wellness strategies. It’s also about a personal relationship with your practitioner. Unlike many conventional healthcare providers, functional medicine doctors take the time to get to know their patients on a personal level. That’s especially true with Dr. Hudson.
She considers the whole person, including their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, in developing treatment plans. This personalized approach allows for a deeper understanding of the root causes of health issues, enabling more effective and lasting solutions.
In addition, functional medicine doctors are not constrained by quotas imposed by hospitals or influenced by insurance companies' treatment guidelines. This means they can tailor their approach to the unique needs of each patient, rather than adhering to a one-size-fits-all model of care.
Find Hope and Empowerment for Your Chronic Health Issues
For those struggling with anxiety and chronic illnesses, there is hope. Functional medicine offers a holistic and personalized approach to healthcare that addresses the root causes of these issues, rather than just masking symptoms with medication!
By embracing functional medicine interventions, individuals can take control of their health and well-being, and functional medicine doctors are there to guide them on this journey.
It's time to get empowered, make informed choices, and explore the natural alternatives that can lead to a healthier, more balanced life. Dr. Hudson’s Portland functional medicine clinic offers a path towards not just managing anxiety and chronic illnesses, but also achieving optimal well-being and vitality.