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PATIENT INFORMATION INTAKE
Tell your health story
First, you’ll receive detailed questionnaires about your overall health and lifestyle. Then, the practitioner will consult with you to further understand your health profile.
Go beyond a cursory checkup
Functional medicine leaves no stone unturned. Your practitioner may order tests around blood work, allergies, insulin resistance, general inflammatory markers, and other key health indicators as a part of your functional health assessment.
YOUR MAP TOWARDS GOOD HEALTH
Your functional medicine practitioner will give you a tailored action plan to alleviate your symptoms. This plan may include alternative medicine such as natural remedies, lifestyle adjustments, and medication adjustments.
Maintain your results
Health is a journey, not a destination. Your functional medicine specialist will continuously guide you through your step-by-step plan for chronic disease management.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a special focus area where trained health professionals analyze the underlying factors of complex chronic pain and diseases. They look to identify and address the root causes of disease, not just the symptoms. By getting holistic functional health assessments, patients can be potentially liberated from their chronic dependence on the healthcare system.
Functional medicine practitioners can help patients with arthritis, cancer, thyroid and hormonal problems, digestive health issues such as ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis. They can also aid in women’s health disorders such as menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and much more.
Can functional medicine practitioners write prescriptions?
Functional medicine practitioners prefer to use natural remedies whenever possible. They may also recommend that blood tests be ordered as part of your alternative medicine treatment.
What’s the difference between functional medicine and naturopathy?
Functional medicine aims to address the underlying factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease. The functional medicine practitioner may recommend conventional medicine or natural remedies and lifestyle modifications.
The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat a person’s mind, body, and spirit. Naturopathy offers alternative medicine and natural remedies, but not conventional medicine to help heal the body.
What will happen during my first appointment?
A big part of your first appointment involves exploring your detailed personal and family medical history. Depending on the outcome of your assessment, you may be given suggestions such as lifestyle and dietary modifications to address the potential root causes of the issues presented. If available in your province, blood tests and functional medicine testing may also be suggested.
What are the benefits of functional medicine?
Functional medicine provides you with a personalized care plan which is customized for genes, environment, and lifestyle. By looking at health from a holistic perspective, this form of medicine can help you uncover and address the underlying root causes of various chronic health conditions.
What’s the difference between a functional medicine practitioner and a regular practitioner?
Functional medicine practitioners provide an in-depth, personalized analysis of affected systems in your body to uncover the root cause of chronic illness, and prefer to use alternative medicine.
Doctors who use a conventional approach to medicine look at your symptoms to treat acute and emergency situations.
What's the difference between functional medicine and integrative medicine?
Functional medicine addresses underlying factors that can influence long-term health and chronic illnesses. While functional medicine practitioners do offer conventional medicine as a method of treatment, they prefer to use alternative medicine first.
Integrative medicine uses a combination of conventional medicine and alternative medicine to help correct your mind, body, and spirit for full-body healing.
What's the difference between functional medicine and conventional medicine?
Functional medicine uses alternative medicine for patient-centred care such as acupuncture or nutritional recommendations to identify and treat conditions. Conventional medicine focuses on drugs, surgery, and other treatments to look at your symptoms to treat acute and emergency situations.
What’s the difference between functional medicine and homeopathy?
Functional medicine helps patients uncover the root cause of illness and manage their condition by using natural, alternative medicine such as massage, osteopathic medicine, and even lifestyle changes like diet and nutrition.
Homeopathy is based on the belief that with natural remedies from sources such as plants and minerals in pill or liquid form, the body is able to cure itself.
Do I need a referral to see a functional medicine practitioner?
No referral is needed. Simply open the Maple app, click “Get care”, choose “Functional Medicine Practitioner”, and book an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.
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