Benefits of Working with an Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner

Woman consulting an integrative and functional medicine practitioner

Women’s Integrative and Functional Consults represent a vital approach to healthcare, focusing on a holistic and personalized perspective for women’s well-being. Integrative and Functional Medicine combines the best of conventional medicine with complementary therapies to address the unique health needs of women. These consults consider the interconnectedness of body systems, emphasizing prevention and treatment of root causes rather than just symptoms. Integrative and Functional Medicine practitioners delve into a woman’s physical, emotional, and environmental factors to create tailored treatment plans.

Importance of Integrative and Functional Medicine for Women

One key advantage of this approach is the consideration of the intricate hormonal and reproductive health of women, addressing issues such as menstrual irregularities, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopause, and hormonal imbalances. It also caters to mental health concerns, offering support for conditions like anxiety, depression, and stress through mind-body practices and nutritional guidance.

Several studies have highlighted the efficacy of Integrative and Functional Medicine for women’s health. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2019) demonstrated that an integrative approach improved the quality of life in women with PCOS. Additionally, the International Journal of Yoga (2018) presented evidence of yoga’s effectiveness in managing symptoms of menopause, a common focus in Integrative and Functional Consults.

Women’s Integrative and Functional Consults offer a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to women’s health, encompassing physical, emotional, and environmental aspects for a truly holistic well-being strategy.

References:
Arentz, S., Abbott, J. A., & Smith, C. A. (2019). BIRCH Study: A novel approach to improving infertility care in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 25(1), 47-54.
Kumar, S., Prasad, S., Balavi, S., & Muralidhar, K. (2018). A randomized controlled trial to compare the effect of yoga and physical exercise on quality of life in women with premenstrual syndrome. International Journal of Yoga, 11(3), 199-205.
February 15, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Early - Peony's WIH

Sarah Early - MSN, APRN-FNP-C, IBCLC

Sarah graduated from a Masters in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner graduate program with high distinction and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses while working and running Lactation Room. Her clinical education and training paved the way for her newest journey in private practice, Peony Women’s Integrative Health, which she opened in 2023. Working as a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner she serves clients in the DMV. Peony WIH focuses on caring for women with a root-cause, integrative, and functional medicine approach to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. PWIH provides in-office health consults with Sarah, integrative and functional nutrition support by a Registered Dietician, and Craniosacral therapy services. Sarah is focused on addressing the needs of women in the community through a patient-centered and collaborative approach to care. She is an active member of ILCA, USLCA, IATP, AHNA, AANP, and MBC.

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