FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE is the future of conventional medicine that is actually available to you right now. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the patient as a whole, not just a specific organ or complaint.
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in healthcare that better addresses the patient and the needs of the 21st century. The approach focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease and not simply treating the symptoms.
Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle 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.
Why do we need Functional Medicine?
- Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, MS and Lupus.
How is Functional Medicine Different?
- Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.