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Functional Medicine

Functional medicine gets to the root cause of an illness, rather than simply masking the symptoms. At Argento Wellness & Aesthetics in Glendale, Arizona, board-certified family physician Maria Berlari MD, FAAFP, and her expert wellness team offer advanced functional medicine solutions to keep you healthy for a lifetime. Schedule a functional medicine appointment with Argento Wellness & Aesthetics by phone or online today.

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine at Argento Wellness & Aesthetics identifies the root cause of disease symptoms. It’s an integrative medicine approach that uses holistic treatments and lifestyle changes to get ahead of illness and prevent the development or worsening of disease.

Functional medicine uses the technology and science of modern traditional medicine and incorporates a more holistic approach to diseases using food as medicine, exercise, relaxation techniques, and research-based supplements to achieve or optimize the health of patients.

Dr. Berlari also offers medical intervention to avoid serious complications, with every treatment personalized to the patient.

What is functional medicine used for?

Dr. Berlari and her team use functional medicine to prevent or treat a wide array of health problems, such as:

  • Prediabetes and diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Obesity
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue

They work together to evaluate your physical and mental health, and customize solutions that help you feel better as naturally as possible.

What should I expect during my appointment?

When you arrive at Argento Wellness & Aesthetics, your functional medicine specialist weighs you and checks your blood pressure and other vital signs.

They complete a physical examination and might use blood tests, urine tests, skin prick testing, lung function tests, or imaging procedures to diagnose the cause of symptoms and develop a treatment plan.

Which treatment is right for me?

Dr. Berlari and her team offer functional medicine treatments that match your needs, preferences, and lifestyle. They might recommend:

Lifestyle changes

Making lifestyle changes might be all that’s needed to eliminate symptoms and chronic disease risk factors. Examples include weight loss, diet changes, dietary supplements, exercise, stress reduction, more sleep, and smoking cessation.


Behavioral therapies that are beneficial if you have anxiety or another mental health disorder include individual counseling, group counseling, and behavioral modification techniques that help you better cope with emotions, stress, or disease.


Taking medications can address high blood sugar, high cholesterol, inflammation, and other chronic disease risk factors to prevent serious complications. Dr. Berlari and her team let you know which medicines are right for you.


Functional and integrative medicine uses an extended variety of scientifically proven supplements and nutrients that help maximize bodily functions to achieve health results. Supplements can vary from Omega 3 fatty acids to herbs like curcumin in the right doses and the right forms of administration, combined with the proper nutrition they help prevent chronic conditions and achieve wellness.

To learn more, schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.