What is Functional Endocrinology?

What is Functional Endocrinology?

If you’re looking for an endocrinologist, it’s important to distinguish between conventional and functional endocrinology. 

Functional endocrinology focuses on the comprehensive assessment and analysis of the endocrine system’s normal function, emphasizing the interplay of hormones, their regulation, and their impact on overall health.

Most medical providers practice conventional endocrinology.  As naturopathic doctors, we incorporate the best features of both. Armed with the data of classic bloodwork to assess your body’s functioning, we address your symptoms with a unique holistic approach.

Functional endocrinology seeks to understand how hormonal imbalances and dysregulation can lead to various health conditions, with a strong emphasis on diagnosing and treating these conditions by addressing the underlying physiological and biochemical factors, rather than solely managing symptoms.

The endocrine system involves hormone communication in the brain, the adrenals, reproductive organs, and the thyroid.

A delicate hormone balance is critical to optimal functioning. 

Have you been told your thyroid is fine? 

Or just use birth control pills to manage your symptoms?

If you do not look at the whole hormone system, holistically, the big picture is often missed. For instance, your thyroid is affected by your stress hormones.  Your sex hormones are affected by your thyroid. And on and on. 

It will always benefit a patient to look at the whole picture by getting to the core of the symptoms. 

Your fatigue may be rooted in more than one organ system, and it commonly is. Zooming out to look at the whole picture is critical to understand what might be contributing to your symptom(s).

Everything in our bodies is connected, and a naturopathic doctor can help you find the connections as well as the dysfunctions to treat the root cause.

If all of your symptoms have not been addressed by your primary care doctor or conventional endocrinologist, it is time for a new, well-rounded approach that looks at all of your hormones. You deserve to have energy, not feel wired and tired, to sleep well through the night, to have a healthy libido, and more!

If you are interested in learning more about functional endocrinology and if it can help you, you can sign up for a free 10-minute consultation here.

Dr. Casey Berkebile
Naturopathic Doctor San Jose
408-356-1364

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