What is functional medicine?
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of 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.
How is functional medicine different?
|Patient centered||Doctor centered|
|Health oriented||Disease oriented|
|Biochemical individuality||Everyone is treated the same way|
|Addresses whole person||Addressing specific organ systems|
|Looks at root causes of disease||Diagnosis based on symptoms|
|Prevention of diseases||Management of disease after diagnosed|
|Hands on/high tech||High tech|