Functional medicine is a personalized and integrative approach to healthcare that addresses the root causes of chronic disease rather than the conventional model of treating the symptoms. The emphasis is placed on the primary prevention of disease (before the disease process has begun), rather than just early detection (the disease process has already started). By focusing on a patient-centered approach, rather than the conventional disease-centered model, functional medicine addresses the whole person – not just their symptoms. In most cases, the patients possess the solutions to their own problems and the physician’s job is to retrieve that information and organize it into an actionable plan that the patient understands and is willing to do. The physician and patient become active partners.
Functional medicine expands the physician’s toolbox beyond pharmaceuticals and surgery. It can include bodywork, herbs, supplements, diet, exercise plans, detox programs, stress management techniques, and more.
Functional Medicine allows the patient to truly be in control of improving their health and wellbeing.