Functional Medicine

Dr. Vinh Ngo practices functional medicine at Smart Medicine SF, in San Francisco. Patients from throughout the Bay Area benefit from his dedication to restoring balance and full functionality to their bodies, helping them to find relief from symptoms related to chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and metabolic dysfunction. If you are ready to feel your best, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Ngo.


Functional Medicine Q&A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is an approach to integrative help that focuses on lost or impaired body function and finding ways to restore it, which leads to symptom alleviation and improved well-being. Wellness isn’t just the absence of disease; it’s a fully functional state of balance.

Functional medicine differs from traditional medicine. Instead of identifying a disease and prescribing a medication to address the symptom or disease, functional medicine asks what has caused the loss of function and looks for treatments to restore balance and functionality to your body.

Functional medicine is based on a few guiding principles. First, functional medicine is highly individualized, so that each unique patient receives care that is tailored to meet their specific needs. Second, functional medicine is holistic and considers all the different systems of the body functioning together in a complicated network. The third principle is that the body has the ability to heal and prevent almost all age-related disease.

When all your body’s systems are working perfectly, your body is balanced and healthy. However, if one system is affected, not only do you suffer from poor functionality, but your other systems often have to work harder to make up for the impairment, which can lead to other issues.

How does inflammation affect my body function?

When you research functional medicine, you read a lot about inflammation and how it’s responsible for almost all your ailments. Inflammation is typically an immune system response. When your body senses an infection or foreign substance, your immune system is triggered and floods the area with antibodies, which leads to inflammation of your tissue. So, for example, if you suffer from IBS, your digestive tract may be inflamed thus producing your symptoms. Dr. Ngo provides treatment to reduce inflammation in your body, which should alleviate your symptoms.

What is the 4R program?

The 4R program is a functional medicine system used to restore balance and function to the digestive system. The four R’s stand for Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, and Repair. These four steps help restore your digestive tract and alleviate symptoms related to digestive issues like IBS.

How is metabolic dysfunction treated?

Dr. Ngo also uses metabolic medicine practices to restore balance to your metabolism. This may involve addressing hormonal issues or reducing inflammation in the digestive tract to improve the digestion and absorption of essential nutrients.

If you have questions about functional medicine or think that you may benefit from this holistic approach to improving your overall health, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Ngo today.

Integrative Mediceine

Integrative medicine combines traditional western medical techniques with alternative or holistic practices with an goal of healing the whole person, beyond addressing the symptom that brought you to the office in the first place. Dr. Vinh Ngo is an integrative health specialist, practicing at Smart Medicine SF, in San Francisco. He takes a deep interest in his patients and helps them to lead healthy and active lives.


Integrative Medicine Q&A

What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine is a combination of conventional and holistic treatments to improve the total health and well-being of a patient, healing the true root causes of their discomfort and symptoms. Integrative health is highly customized to address the specific needs of each individual patient.

By putting the patient at the center of treatment, Dr. Ngo focuses on your overall health and well-being. You’ll have a comprehensive interview and examination so that Dr. Ngo can get to know you and your general health concerns. He takes an interest in your symptoms and may ask questions about related issues and concerns to identify the root cause of your symptoms. Once he has a thorough understanding of your health, he creates a treatment program to heal you, stop your symptoms, and generally improve your overall health.

What are integrative health treatments?

Dr. Ngo uses a variety of treatments and practices in his integrative health practice including bio-identical hormone therapy, nutraceuticals, and conventional medical treatments. Each patient receives customized care that is tailored to address their specific needs.

What conditions can integrative medicine treat?

Integrative medicine can treat a variety of conditions while improving your overall well-being. Some of the conditions treated by Dr. Ngo include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammation issues
  • Low testosterone levels and other hormonal imbalances
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Adrenal fatigue

What is bio-identical hormone therapy?

Hormonal imbalances often trigger seemingly unrelated symptoms. Sometimes, hormonal imbalances occur during normal changes of life, such as menopause or as part of the normal aging process for men. Bio-identical hormone therapy can restore hormonal balance to your body, whether it is due to a natural change in life or another issue.

Unlike traditional hormone therapy that relies on mass-produced synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses samples of your own hormones to craft synthetic hormones that match your own, exactly. These treatments are monitored carefully to ensure that you maintain healthy hormone levels and enjoy improved well-being.

What are nutraceuticals?

Nutraceuticals are food-derived supplements with health benefits that exceed the basic nutritional value of the food. Nutraceuticals are used to address specific diseases and conditions by increasing your nutrient intake to give your body what it needs to heal. They can help to address inflammation and improve your body’s ability to fight infection.

Dr. Ngo is passionate about helping his patients to improve their health and well-being with integrative medicine practices. If you have questions about integrative health or are experiencing symptoms that are preventing you from enjoying your life, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Ngo at Smart Medicine SF today.