Functional Medicine

Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute

Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinics located in Irvine, CA & Fullerton, CA

In most cases, a one-size-fits-all approach to health care simply doesn’t work for everybody. That’s why Brian Lee, PhD, at Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute in Fullerton and Irvine, California, incorporates functional medicine into every individualized treatment plan he designs specifically for your unique needs. Functional medicine addresses the root of your pain, rather than masking your symptoms. For more information on the benefits of functional medicine, call Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute to book an appointment today.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a holistic approach to treatment, addressing the underlying cause of a disease or source of pain to treat your whole body.

Physicians who integrate functional medicine into their care plans understand that an imbalance in one part of the body can spill over into your whole system. That’s why it’s important not to focus exclusively on your symptoms.

As a practice that specializes in functional medicine, the Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute team spends time with their patients, analyzing their medical history and examining any lifestyle, environmental, or genetic factors that may affect a patient’s quality of life.

What are the benefits of functional medicine?

Functional medicine offers many benefits over conventional medicine for patients who are looking for meaningful changes in their overall health and well-being. Some of these benefits include:

  • Collaborative
  • Functional medicine is a collaboration between you and your health care provider. The team wants to know about your lifestyle habits, symptoms, genetic history, and health goals before working with you to design a treatment plan that makes sense for you.
  • Targeted
  • Above all else, functional medicine focuses specifically on addressing the root of your problem, rather than just the symptoms.

By working with you to find out exactly what’s causing your symptoms, the team can target the problem head-on. This reduces the need for opioids and other medications that simply mask your symptoms.

For example, if you have high blood pressure, a conventional physician may prescribe medication to lower it.

At Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute, however, the team wants to find out why you have high blood pressure. Is it stress and anxiety? Does high blood pressure run in your family? These are all questions the team asks to get to the root of your concern.


Because the team takes a comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment, they can work with you to prevent further diseases in the future. This may include nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, medication changes, physical therapy, and more.

What types of conditions does functional medicine treat?

The goal of functional medicine is meant to optimize function by taking into account your genetics, biochemistry, nutritional habits, and more. These ideologies are most often implemented when treating chronic conditions, such as:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Diabetes neuropathy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hypertension
  • Pregnancy pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

At the end of the day, functional medicine can help improve your overall quality of life. To learn more, call Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute to schedule an appointment today.