Back to Top

2 Overhill Road, Suite 260
Scarsdale NY 10583
Phone: 914.722.9440
Fax: 914.722.9441

Scarsdale Integrative Medicine
Call Us!

Functional Medicine

functional medicine
What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a new paradigm of medical thinking that looks at patterns and systems of function rather than organ-based single disease diagnosis.

Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, getting to the root causes that influence your experience of health and disease. It doesn’t just look at an isolated set of symptoms.

Practitioners of Functional Medicine spend time with their patients, listening to their history and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health, chronic disease and the daily quality of life.

If you’re sick of doctors just giving you a prescription for every symptom you have and if conventional medicine has not given you answers on why you don’t feel great, this is the way to assess your health and get those answers.

Why do we need Functional Medicine?
  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The system of medicine now practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care. It focuses on diagnosing and treating trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments—such as drugs or surgery—that are intended to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
  • Unfortunately, this acute-care approach to medicine lacks the methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or other factors such as environmental exposure to toxins and other aspects of today's lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
  • Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
How is Functional Medicine different?

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of functional medicine include:

  • Patient-centered care. Functional Medicine promotes health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional Medicine practitioners consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
  • Integrating best medical practices. Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered Alternative Medicine or Integrative Medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
functional medicine
Scarsdale Integrative Medicine’s Annual Functional Medicine Program

We have developed a special program for patients who are interested in committing to a year of healing and wellness. The program focuses on getting to the underlying causes that influence your health and then developing a treatment plan that spans the year, with certain services covered by an annual fee.

Our program is designed to give you a comprehensive annual physical, analyze your genetics, body compositions, gut health, nutritional status, metabolism, toxicity level, hormones and heavy metal exposure to identify the root cause of your illness or to prevent future chronic illness.

Treatment plans and wellness procedures are included within the program to ensure that you feel better and reach your optimal health.

Our Approach to Assessment under our Annual Functional Medicine Program includes:
  • Carefully taking your medical history, including an in-depth psycho- social history of your life story, as well as a physical examination.
  • Eastern Medicine pulse and tongue diagnosis to understand your psychological and spiritual equilibrium
  • Nutritional evaluation of your diet and supplementation
functional medicine
Our Diagnostic Testing under our Annual Functional Medicine Program includes:
  • Gut Health:

    Food sensitivity: Blood test to figure out what foods to eat
    Stool testing: Identify the root causes of your digestive discomfort

  • Nutritional Testing:

    Precise analysis of your amino acids, organic acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, heavy metal exposures, neurotransmitters and antioxidants to formulate your vitamin regimen.

  • Hormone Testing:

    Saliva testing to manage your menopause or andropause, adrenal fatigue and any unexplained weight gain.

  • Heavy Metal Toxin Testing:

    Urine testing after provocation to assess exposure to heavy metal toxins.

  • Inherited Cancer Screening
  • Cardiovascular Testing and Genetic Screening
  • IN-BODY 
  • Body Composition Analysis  

Please call us today at (914)722-9440 for more information or to schedule an appointment.