Functional Medicine

OptiHealth Institute: Eric C. Nager, MD

Anti-Aging, Functional, & Regenerative Medicine located in Baltimore, MD

If you want to improve your overall health and energy levels, consider Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine understands the connection between all of your body’s systems and works to promote harmony and healing. At OptiHealth Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, Eric C. Nager, MD, a Board-Certified Anti-Aging, Functional, and Regenerative Medicine expert, specializes in Functional Medicine treatments that encourage general well-being and vitality. To make an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a branch of health care focused on diagnosing, preventing, and treating the root cause of disease. While traditional Western medicine often focuses on masking uncomfortable symptoms, Functional Medicine works to pinpoint the underlying cause of discomfort and improve whole-body health.

Dr. Nager is a graduate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine’s fellowship program in Anti-Aging, metabolic, and Functional Medicine. As such, he’s an expert in age management medicine and uses a personalized approach to treat his patients safely and effectively.

What conditions can Functional Medicine treat?

Functional Medicine treats a variety of conditions. At OptiHealth Institute, Dr. Nager focuses on Anti-Aging and age management, including sexual health, and these three areas in particular:

  • Gut health, including food and environmental allergies
  • Thyroid disease
  • Autoimmune disease

These conditions affect everything from your energy levels and sleep patterns to your metabolic output.

Functional Medicine doctors like Dr. Nager realize that the body’s systems work in coordination. If one aspect of your health is suffering, other parts follow suit. Functional Medicine treatments can detect these problems early on and prevent them from getting worse.

What are the available Functional Medicine services?

At OptiHealth Institute, Dr. Nager offers a wide range of Functional Medicine services, including:

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones derived from plants to restore balance to your body. This type of treatment is particularly beneficial for women experiencing the uncomfortable effects of menopause and men with low testosterone.

Athletic performance optimization is a type of Functional Medicine that prevents sports and activity-related injuries. It also uses Regenerative Medicine techniques like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and GAINSWave® to ease pain and inflammation and encourage healing. Dr. Nager also offers peptide therapy, a safe treatment that can speed up your recovery.


The food and beverages you consume, and the environment in which you live and work, directly impact your health. Dr. Nager offers several types of detoxification, especially after identifying:

  • Heavy metals 
  • Lyme disease
  • Mycotoxin toxicity

If you require detoxification treatment, there’s also an infrared sauna at OptiHealth Institute.

Management of chronic disease

Heart disease and diabetes are two of the most common chronic ailments. At OptiHealth Institute, Dr. Nager uses Functional Medicine to optimize cardiovascular health and diabetes treatment. These services can significantly lower your risk of a heart attack, stroke, or nerve damage, and improve your overall health and quality of life.

Am I a good candidate for Functional Medicine?

Anyone who wants to live a happier, healthier, and more active life can benefit from Functional Medicine. Each initial Functional Medicine consultation at OptiHealth Institute is an hour, allowing Dr. Nager to take a deep dive into the unique health issues affecting each individual.

To make your Functional Medicine appointment at OptiHealth Institute, call the office or book online today.