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Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine?

Functional Medicine is the evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses healthcare issues for the 21st century. Functional Medicine Practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and evaluate the interactions of genetics, environmental and lifestyle influences, which can cause consequences on long-term health and chronic disease.

Functional Medicine Practitioners use this detailed information, while evaluating comprehensive blood analysis to design a patient specific thorough health plan, tailored for the individual. Rather than only managing disease, functional medicine seeks to address the root causes of poor health. Its goal centers on restoring the human body to optimum functioning. 

Functional Medicine takes the best of conventional medicine in terms of diagnostics, but uses them to identify the root cause of your problem. It also takes the best of the Holistic world to give you a natural approach to healing the body at the root of the issue, instead of simply relying on harmful or unnecessary drugs that merely mask symptoms. This becomes the most effective style of healing in healthcare.

Conditions We Treat

Some of the common chronic illnesses that we treat through a functional medicine approach include:

  • Autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren's, rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disease and lupus
  • Chronic mood or cognition problems such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and attention deficit disorder
  • Digestive conditions such as chronic diarrhea, constipation, IBS, IBD, GERD and heartburn
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndromes
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity
  • Hormonal imbalances including perimenopause, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, low testosterone, thyroid and adrenal disorders
  • Mood, attention, sleep, and stress regulation issues
  • Pain conditions such as arthritis, headaches, migraines, muscle, joint and abdominal pains
  • Skin problems such as acne, chronic urticaria, psoriasis, eczema and follicular hyperkeratosis


BOX 1 BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES Understanding the role of hormones in your body and how to identify the symptoms of hormonal imbalance can help you uncover the most effective care plan to balance your hormones and restore personal wellbeing.

 BOX 2 THYROID DISORDERS Increase your metabolism and overall thyroid wellbeing. This approach is different from conventional pharmacological therapy because it considers your disease-causing, lifestyle, and diet factors.

BOX 3 GUT DYSFUNCTION/GUT MICROBIOME IMBALANCES The gut is the root of our immune system.  The digestive system is inherently linked to nearly every system of the body, it is the gateway to either longevity or a life of chronic illness and disease.

 BOX 4 ADVANCED & SPECIALIZED TESTING Comprehensive blood test with complete Thyroid markers, Food Sensitivities, Stool test, Cortisol Adrenal test, Heavy metal test, Hormonal test, Mold & Mycotoxin test, Dutch test, Genetics & Epigenetics

Comprehensive Labratory Testing & Analysis

We typically begin with a comprehensive functional medicine blood tests to determine where we need to take a closer and more detailed look at your health. We call them “specialized” because this type of testing is not typically offered in traditional medicine. These tests help provide the exact information we need to create a treatment plan that will address root causes of illness and restore your health. 

Below are some of the functional medicine tests we do

Food Sensitivity test 

Cortisol Adrenal test 

Chemical toxin test 

Genetics and epigenetics 

Dutch for HRT 

Stool Analysis 

4 Point Cortisol Testing 

Heavy Metal & Micronutrient Tests 

Comprehensive Thyroid markers 



Functional Medicine FAQs

+ How does functional medicine differ from conventional medicine?

Conventional medicine is great for emergencies, acute, and specific issues. However, for chronic Issues, such as, autoimmunity, gut issues, fatigue, weight gain etc. traditional surgeries and medications can not only be ineffective, but they can exacerbate issues and even harm your body’s ability to fight problems on its own. This can make healing extremely difficult and chronic conditions worse. 

Functional Medicine focuses on improving your diet, your gut, and any deficiencies your body may have in making itself better. As Functional Medicine doctors, we focus on finding the root cause of the issues and healing early, before catastrophic events. 

+ Do you accept insurance?

We do not accept insurance, but offer a superbill for your services that you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement. . The superbill itemizes the services rendered and provides the insurance company with the information they need to process your claim. We do not take any part in submitting claims or calling insurance companies and we can not guarantee reimbursement.

 + What about Lab Tests?

Some testing can be done through conventional laboratories, and others are only available through specialty laboratories. During your medical consultation, your provider will determine which tests are needed and will review testing recommendations, instructions (for instance, fasting or non-fasting, etc.) and costs.

Testing is frequently done to assess nutritional status, including amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress, vitamin levels, mitochondrial function, food sensitivities, and heavy metals. Many other tests are available including genetic testing for a variety of conditions, hormone evaluations, bone health, gastrointestinal health, adrenal function and many others.

Some testing can be performed at home with test kits to collect urine, saliva or stool. Others may require a blood draw. In all cases, we will assist you in coordinating initial and follow-up testing.

+ Do you sell nutritional supplements?

Yes, we often recommend nutritional supplements to patients in conjunction with lifestyle and dietary modification. In some cases, nutritional supplements can be used in place of prescription medications. We have researched high-quality nutritional products and carry only those products that undergo rigorous quality testing by nutritional research laboratories. These products are often of higher quality than those sold over the counter and are free of fillers, allergens and additives.

+ Does your office accepts patients that live in other states?

Yes, Dr. Sidhu accepts patients from Georgia, South Carolina and California