Functional Medicine

What is the Functional Medicine Approach?

Functional medicine professionals rely on their education and training in key physiological, genetic and biochemical processes for establishing an innovative form of total patient wellness. Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.

Hallmarks of a Functional Medicine approach include:

Patient-Centered Care
An integrative, science-based healthcare approach
Integrating best medical practices
The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. We did beneath the presenting symptoms to reach the root. We do not simply mask symptoms and hope for them to go away. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with “alternative” or “integrative” medicine. Functional medicine focuses on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; it utilizes the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and it employs a combination of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

With this comprehensive approach to treatment, most imbalances in functionality can be addressed, some can be completely restored to optimum function and others can be substantially improved.

 

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