Functional medicine is changing the face of medicine in Lafayette.
At Nouriche, we practice integrative medicine, combining elements of traditional internal medicine and functional medicine. Both Dr. Cobb and Jennifer Piker PA-C are students of The Institute for Functional Medicine. They are actively working on the highest level certification offered and regularly attend conferences and seminars to keep up with the latest in functional medicine.
Patients come to us with a variety of issues including but not limited to chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalances, thyroid conditions, digestive issues (like irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and chronic constipation.) We work to find the root cause of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of traditional medicine to a patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person to find and treat the root causes of illness, not just the symptoms. To better understand the principles of functional medicine, you can watch the below video of Dr. Mark Hyman the chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listen to their personal and family health histories and pay particular attention to the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence long-term health and wellness. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Six core principles guide Functional Medicine:
- An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness;
- Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment;
- Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit;
- Interconnections of internal physiological factors;
- Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, and emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology;
- Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient.
During a comprehensive functional medicine evaluation, we will profile your family history, medical history, lifestyle, and current issues in a peaceful, nourishing setting. The first phase of the comprehensive functional medicine evaluation will be devoted to putting your personal puzzle together and coming up with a “to do” list. The “to do” list will include recommendations for you to follow at home and a follow up schedule. During the second phase of the evaluation, a complete physical examination will be performed and any abnormalities will be analyzed.
To schedule a functional medicine appointment with the office of Dr. Cobb, call 337-266-9985 or fill out the form on the upper right column of this page!