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Functional Medicine

DoctorConventional medicine, also known as Traditional Western Medicine, focuses on identifying disease and managing symptoms, generally with the use of patented medications or surgery. This approach is beneficial when dealing with acute medical illnesses such as heart attacks, trauma, or pneumonia, yet it is much less efficient when handling long-lasting medical problems like diabetes, arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Functional medicine falls on the opposite end of the spectrum. Functional medicine is holistic and focuses on understanding the causes of physiologic imbalance in the individual patient while considering the optimum functionality of all systems of the body. Functional medicine physicians highlight the root cause and reasons for the development of disease and practice preventive medicine to maintain optimal health and vitality. The goal of every treatment plan is to unleash your body’s natural ability to heal itself and function at the highest level.

Functional medicine focuses on discovering solutions to attain optimal health.  This integrative, science-based methodology looks at the big picture, taking into account the multifaceted network of interactions in a patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to sickness.

The idea behind functional medicine is easy: optimize the body’s health to prevent disease from the onset.

At Whole Body Health, you will experience first-class functional medicine. Dr. Barbara Plucknett is vastly trained in conventional, integrative, and functional medicine, and will deliver medical care from a holistic perspective. Your health is influenced by lifestyle, environment, psychology, and physiology. Each of these factors is taken into consideration, along with proven strategies and therapies to rejuvenate, repair, and restore your mind, body, and spirit when developing your comprehensive treatment plan.


If you are ready to transform your life with expert care from a highly trained physician who specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, contact Whole Body Health today. Dr. Plucknett and her team can help you achieve your best health ever. Dr. Plucknett is among the top physicians in New Jersey specially certified to help you achieve your health goals, including addressing symptoms of hormone imbalance. Get started on a customized treatment plan designed to fit your lifestyle and ensure you reach optimal wellness. Begin your journey now, contact Whole Body Health to schedule your first appointment. 



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