Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine services offered in Victor, ID

Functional medicine discovers the root cause of health issues and restores your health using natural approaches instead of just treating symptoms. At Boost, double board-certified physician Allison Mulcahy, MD, uses her extensive functional medicine experience to provide patient-specific care for people who want to get back to good health. Functional medicine offers you a healthy foundation so you can enjoy life to the fullest. Book your appointment online or call the nearest office now.  

Functional Medicine Q&A

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a medical approach that finds the root causes of health problems and addresses those issues at their origin point. To explain functional medicine, Dr. Mulcahy sometimes likens the body to a tree.

If a tree has signs of damage, like dying leaves or gnarled branches, the traditional medicine approach would generally involve treating those symptoms — the damaged leaves and branches.

Although the tree might look better for a while, the problem eventually returns because the true cause of these problems goes unaddressed. That’s why the functional medicine approach seeks out those underlying causes — in this example, the quality of the soil and the availability of water, etc. — to find out where the problems originate.

It’s the same principle for humans. In the same way, a tree absorbs toxins, people can too, and these toxins can cause broad-ranging issues like autoimmune problems, depression, poor mental health, and a long list of other problems.

Further, many people have an unhealthy gut microbiome because of their environment and lifestyle.

Functional medicine helps you to determine why the problem happens so you can modify the problems and achieve lasting improved health.  


How are functional medicine and traditional medicine different?

Functional medicine is very different from traditional medicine. Some key aspects of functional medicine include: 

  • Health-oriented vs. disease-oriented
  • Patient-focused vs. doctor-focused
  • Emphasizes individual biochemistry vs. one-size-fits-all 
  • Whole-body care vs. treating symptoms as they arise
  • More cost-effective than traditional medicine
  • Uncovers the root cause of disease
  • Focuses on prevention


As a functional medicine provider, Dr. Mulcahy is here to help you achieve the health you’re meant to have through noninvasive but highly specific high-tech approaches. 


How does functional medicine work?

Functional medicine at Boost starts with extensive testing. These blood and stool tests find problems that exist right now and also identify issues before they become serious enough to cause symptoms. Areas of testing include:

  • Hormones
  • Inflammation markers
  • Autoimmunity
  • Impaired metabolic function
  • Nutrient absorption
  • Toxicities
  • Chronic infections
  • Microbiome (dysbiosis and food sensitivities)
  • Genomics


These tests provide the detailed information needed to correct deep-rooted issues and gradually restore your body to optimal health. Usually, this restoration process involves taking vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, and other natural products that support your health. 

Instead of medicine, you take a natural approach. For example, with hormone replacement therapy, the goal is to help your body make its own new hormones instead of taking artificial ones.

Dr. Mulcahy also helps you make necessary changes to your diet, environment, sleep, and other aspects of your life.

For functional medicine from an expert, call Boost or click on the provided link now.