Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century by focusing on prevention and uncovering the underlying causes of serious chronic disease. Instead of just suppressing symptoms it deals with the root causes of disease (the total load) and is less concerned with making a diagnosis and more concerned with the underlying imbalances, which are the mechanisms of the disease process. Functional Medicine incorporates the latest scientific research about how our genetics, environment, and lifestyle all interact with each other to diagnose and treat disease processes based on patterns of imbalance and dysfunction, rather than treating the disease specifically. It treats the person who has the disease rather than the disease the person has. As opposed to Western Medicine, Functional medicine provides a framework for the practice of medicine that uses all the tools of healing, both conventional and alternative, to address the whole person rather than an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine provides a new way of thinking about prevention, public health, wellness and treatment of chronic disease including Spent that can lead to better outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

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