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  • The symptoms you are experiencing are sending you an invitation to take a closer look at some underlying imbalances.  You should not live your life managing symptoms but achieving optimal wellness. 

  • Despite how fatigued, sick, and unwell you may be feeling, the truth is: your body was brilliantly designed to heal.

  • Dr. Wies works one on one with her clients to put together each puzzle piece to your health story by taking a whole-body approach to rebuilding your wellness code.

The illustration below uses a tree to visually represent the core aspects of the Functional Medicine paradigm and highlight the difference between conventional medical care and Functional Medicine. 

functional medicine st louis tree

In order to keep a tree healthy and allow it to flourish , you need to support the most basic and essential elements first; the foundation: the roots and soil.  Similarly, if a tree is not healthy, the first place you should look for answers are in the same foundational elements.


The same approach applies to patients.  The most important factors, and the ones we examine first when gathering information about the patient, are the foundational lifestyle factors; sleep, exercise, nutrition, stress levels, relationships, and genetics.  These are the roots and soil, which are in turn influenced by specific predisposing factors (antecedents), discrete events (triggers), and ongoing physiological processes (mediators), and may then result in fundamental imbalances at the trunk.

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and physician in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

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