Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, seeing the whole person, and not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional Medicine physicians 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.
Functional Medicine then utilizes nutrition, lifestyle, and plant medicines/nutraceuticals to restore balance to the body, so that interferences to the body’s self-healing capacities are reduced or eliminated. And in doing so, functional medicine allows for “personalized” medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
The Functional Medicine approach to patient care is considered the future model for healthcare destined to transform the traditional “disease-centric” model to one where scientific principles and extensive patient evaluation are combined to create a strategy capable of improving current health and laying a foundation for health and vitality lasting throughout the patient’s life span.