Functional Medicine Specialist

FoRM Health PDX

Regenerative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Portland, OR

You’ve probably heard the term “functional medicine,” but how much do you know about this unique and exciting approach to health and wellness? The team at FoRM Health PDX in Portland, Oregon, provide a wide range of services using the principles of functional medicine as a guiding force. Learn more about this approach during a consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.

Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine?

To begin, consider the approach taken by conventional medicine. Too often, people settle for long-term reliance on medications and/or suffer with chronic symptoms because they are unaware of solutions to their problems. 

Functional medicine is a solution-forward approach to healthcare. By identifying the root cause of illness and customizing a treatment plan, using integrative, minimally invasive approach, chronic health woes can be a thing of the past. 

Dr. Minarik and Dr. Herman follow a proactive style of healthcare, utilizing natural and scientifically-substantiated treatments which provide the body the greatest potential for long-term wellness and optimal function.

Various treatments are provided, all in a continuing effort to improve the symptoms that brought the patient in for care. Once those symptoms are alleviated, the treatment concludes and the patient is sent along their way. 

Functional medicine takes a different approach. Practitioners view the human body as an integrated system, not simply a collection of various organs. 

When a problem arises, the focus remains on the body as a system, with an appreciation of the ways that even seemingly disparate parts of the body are interconnected. Functional medicine services include: 

  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Acupuncture
  • Advanced diagnostic testing
  • IV nutritional therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Red light therapy

Get in touch with the team today to learn more. 


Why is functional medicine becoming so popular?

In recent years functional medicine has enjoyed a vast amount of attention. More and more men and women are suffering from chronic diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Mental illness

Conventional medicine is not always successful at treating these conditions and usually focuses only on treating the most prominent symptoms without considering the body as a whole. 

Additionally, conventional medicine often fails to account for your genetic predispositions, lifestyle, or past exposure to environmental toxins. Little attention is paid to the importance that nutrition, exercise, and stress management have on overall health and wellness. 


Is functional medicine based on science?

One of the most common, and inaccurate, presumptions about functional medicine is that it’s an approach that has no basis in science. That could not be further from the truth. Functional medicine is an integrative health care approach firmly rooted in science. 

Treatments include the latest conventional medicine tools, the most advanced technological applications, as well as a variety of time-honored “alternative” treatments. This varied approach allows you and your practitioner to create a treatment path that works for you, rather than trying to force your needs to fit a predesigned treatment mold. 

If this approach to health and wellness is something you’d like to explore in greater detail, schedule a visit at FoRM Health PDX today. You can use the online booking tool, or call to speak with a friendly member of the team.