Functional Medicine Specialist

Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Alternative Medicine Physicians located in Bellaire, TX

Functional medicine is a revolutionary approach to health care that’s quickly becoming incredibly popular in the medical community for its effectiveness in finding solutions for chronic diseases. Your provider can use many of the principles of functional medicine at Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center in Bellaire, Texas, to help restore your optimal and sustainable health. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a relatively new approach to health care that aims to promote health and wellness by recognizing the interconnectedness of every element in a patient’s system and treating the whole patient, rather than addressing the symptoms of isolated and disconnected issues.

What are the basic principles of functional medicine?

Function medicine follows five basic principles:

Patient individuality

Functional medicine treats you as being genetically and biochemically unique, with an underlying and interconnected network of health systems. This guides Dr. Oza in devising a treatment plan that supports the healing mechanisms of your particular body, effectively optimizing your overall health and combating chronic conditions rather than attacking isolated diseases individually.

Scientific methods

Functional medicine is deeply rooted in scientific data, techniques, and methods in order to best understand the complex network of relationships between the various components of your body.

Bodily intelligence

Functional medicine believes that your body is an intelligent organism that’s fully capable of regulating itself and balancing its systems


Functional medicine believes that your body can not only regulate itself but also actively heal itself and prevent most of the diseases associated with aging.

Optimized vitality

Functional medicine seeks to move your body beyond simply being free of disease to bring it into a level of optimized vitality

How is functional medicine different from conventional medicine?

The general philosophy of traditional medicine is to diagnose your symptoms as the result of a particular disease, and then treat that disease with corresponding treatment. This is an effective methodology for treating acute diseases, infections, trauma, and emergencies, but it falls very short in the treatment of chronic diseases that affect over 125 million Americans.

Rather than treating the disease, functional medicine aims to treat the patient. This means that Dr. Oza takes into account a detailed understanding of your genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors to get at the underlying root cause of your condition.

By following a functional medicine approach, Dr. Oza might discover that one condition has a variety of causes, or that one cause may be producing a variety of conditions. Ultimately, functional medicine seeks to uncover root causes that reveal why a particular set of symptoms exists in the first place.

To learn more about how Dr. Oza can improve your overall well-being with functional medicine, schedule an appointment at Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center online or by phone today.