How is Functional Medicine Different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of chronic diseases. The hallmark of functional medicine is to be patient-centered. The focus of functional medicine is on the patient-centered care and promoting health beyond just the absence of disease. Functional medicine practitioners look for ways to think “outside the box” by considering the patient’s history, physiology, lifestyle, and genetic makeup while also considering internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect optimal health.
Functional medicine is a medical approach that addresses the underlying cause of disease. It helps answer the “why” question. This often involves deeper investigation and treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs.
Functional Medicine Principles:
1. Every person is genetically and biochemically unique. Personalized health care and functional medicine treat the individual not the disease.
2. Everything is connected. There are complex and unique interactions between the gastrointestinal, endocrine and immune system within the environment. A medical condition affecting one system may be stemming from somewhere else unnoticed.
3. Functional medicine is science-based. It involves staying current on the most cutting edge research to ensure that you are receiving the best care.
4. Your body has the capacity to heal and self-regulate. Disease is an imbalance of this process and treatment is aimed to restore your own ability to heal.
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