What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented, science-based approach. It engages both the patient and doctor in a therapeutic partnership. Functional Medicine is patient-centered rather than the disease-centered focus of traditional medical practice. We spend time with patients listening to their histories and then examining the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that influence long term health and complex, chronic disease. Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional Medicine is Guided by Six Core Priniciples
- An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness
- Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment
- Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind and spirit
- Interconnections of internal physiological factors
- Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, and emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology
- Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient
You can click on the link below to download a general informational sheet from the Institute for Functional Medicine about what it is like to work with a functional medicine practitioner.