Functional Medicine

Just like Chinese medicine, functional medicine is grounded in finding the root cause, not by simply treating symptoms. Functional Medicine addresses more than just where the issue is in your body but how the issue manifests throughout your body. The goal is to find the underlying mechanism and how we can address the root cause to effectively get results. It does not require the presence of disease in order to have an imbalance, just as patients can feel unwell while still presenting as “normal” in lab testing or medical evaluation.

One main goal of this approach is prevention as well as achieving optimal health and wellness. Rather than using pharmaceutical medications to suppress symptoms, functional medicine looks at it from the other direction – preventing disease from manifesting in the first place.

When illness or disease is present, we investigate in an effort to develop a personalized approach to healing and wellnesses in the body, often without the necessity of medications or surgery. Chronic disease is a fast-growing concern in society today, from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes to gastrointestinal issues, depression, and more. Functional medicine can often reverse and/or prevent illness and promote healing.

We Use a Variety of Techniques to Improve your Health

Our technique combines functional medicine with your Chinese medical diagnosis, to determine the exact nutrients, herbs, and nutritional changes needed to re-establish balance and restore health.

Our comprehensive analysis is done through lab tests which can identify food allergies, malabsorption, compromised detoxification, adrenal dysfunction, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, and autoimmune shifts. Based on the results of the tests, we develop personalized specific treatment protocols designed to reverse, stop, or prevent the disease and its related symptoms.

These protocols include everything from acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to nutritional and lifestyle counseling. The beauty of using diagnostic testing is that we will re-test to evaluate your progress and the efficacy of our treatments.

Our Background

Beth Dorsey, L.Ac, FABORM, completed the one year mentorship at the Kalish Institute of functional medicine. She is a member of the Kalish Community and participates in the clinical rounds weekly trainings. She has also done countless hours of continuing education with many well know functional medicine doctors around the country.

Beth believes that building a practitioner-patient partnership is based in clear communication, education and support is fundamental to helping you achieve your personal health goals. Beth’s sessions are:

  • Patient-Centered – Your care plan is uniquely tailored to meet your individualized
  • Innovative – Medicine is an evolving field and we strive to stay up to date on the most cutting edge research to provide you with high quality, evidence based health
  • Empowering Via Education – You play a dynamic role in your own well being and we are here to help you embrace it.
  • Collaboration & Continuity – We strive to work with you and your health care team to establish the simplest path to your optimal

Are you ready?

The body has the capacity to heal. It’s a self healing miracle. Our job is to help your body heal by identifying all of the things that are limiting your ability to heal and offer you achievable solutions. All you have to do is be ready to fully commit to changing your life and taking action to do so.

We want you to feel nourished, motivated, educated and supported so you can go out and live your life feeling your best. If you are in the Soquel, Capitola, or Santa Cruz area we offer in clinic consultations and treatment. We also offer remote consultations and treatmentplans.

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