Functional Medicine-What’s in it for Patients?

Functional Medicine-What’s in it for Patients?

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC

Functional medicine focuses on treating the whole person, rather than just your symptoms. Health and illness are seen as a continuum resulting from the dynamic interactions of your various body systems and their environment. It is in sharp contrast to the way medicine is practiced today in the United States.

Although our health system has generated great medical advancements in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious disease and trauma, it is not as advanced in preventing and managing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and depression. With today’s pressures to reduce cost and improve the quality of health care, functional medicine is quickly gaining momentum as the most effective approach to address chronic disease.

A Big Picture Approach to Chronic Disease

The most important principle of functional medicine is that your doctor will work with you to restore your specific health needs. Your doctor will help balance your body’s physiological processes with your lifestyle and environmental exposure.

Your functional medicine doctor’s treatment plan may involve proven medical therapies, as well as different dietary and lifestyle change interventions. These may include improving sleep quality, changing eating habits, increasing physical activity, learning stress management techniques, and quitting smoking.

What You Can Expect

As a patient, you work in partnership with your functional medicine doctor to achieve wellbeing and reach your health goals. Trust is a key element of this relationship. Here’s what your functional medicine doctor will do.

  • Obtain your complete physical/emotional/lifestyle behavior history during your first appointment
  • Identify and address the challenges of your modifiable lifestyle factors and environmental exposures
  • Address your clinical imbalances by diagnosing the underlying causes of disease through testing and other medical best practices
  • Develop a custom treatment plan that may include recommendations for both conventional and natural treatments
  • Give you the necessary information and tools to make healthy lifestyle choices and comply with recommended treatments

Most importantly, your functional medicine doctor will spend time getting to know you. This includes getting your family health history as well as discussing what lifestyle and emotional challenges you may have that impact your physical health. To schedule an appointment with functional medicine doctor, Cynthia Thaik, MD, call 818-842-1410.  For more information about the big picture approach to chronic disease, check out Dr. Cynthia’s book, “Your Vibrant Heart.”

At the Holistic Healing Heart Center, Dr. Cynthia and her team provide one-stop shopping for all your health care needs. They provide primary care services and progressive heart disease treatment as well as integrative lifestyle programs to help you stay healthy and age gracefully.

Often described as one of the best cardiologists in Los Angeles, Dr. Cynthia is a holistic health practitioner and functional medicine doctor who will listen to you; ask questions about your lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetic influences that may impact your health; and then provide thoughtful treatment recommendations, as described below.

  • Preventive treatments including traditional and alternative (acupuncture, homeopathy) remedies for medical conditions and heart disease.
  • Wellness training including nutrition, weight loss, lifestyle management, and mindfulness.
  • Rejuvenation services including iv nutritional therapy (Myers cocktail), non-invasive facial and cellulite laser treatment, non-surgical fat removal, body contouring, SculpSure, Botox, and fillers.

As an experienced and trusted holistic primary care physician and cardiologist, Dr. Cynthia has been providing whole person health care to the residents of Burbank, greater Los Angeles, and Southern California communities and Valencia for more than 20 years.

Call today to learn how the Holistic Healing Heart Center can help you prevent disease, stay healthy, and age gracefully.


About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist and functional practitioner serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. Dr. Thaik is dedicated to holistic health and beauty and offers a variety of procedures to help patients look and feel their best. She is assisted in the Spa by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and office manager who collectively have over 30 years of experience in the aesthetics business. To learn more about Dr. Thaik and her team or the Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa, or to schedule an appointment, please contact or call (818) 900-5630.