Functional Medicine involves understanding the orgins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of Functional Medicine approach include:
- Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
- An Integrative, science-based healthcare approach. 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.
- Integrating best medical practices. Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered "alternative" or "integrative" medicine, creating a focus on prevention though nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory teating and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combination of drugs and/ or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs or stress-management techniques.
Information courtesy of The Institute of Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interaction among genetic, environmental, and life style factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
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