Functional Medicine is a science-based, natural way to attain optimal health. Instead of treating health issues as isolated sets of symptoms and disease, it uses a holistic approach to treat individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. It evaluates the implications of genetic, environmental and lifestyle pressures on your long-term health. It treats the person versus treating the symptoms. A disease such as diabetes, cancer or fibromyalgia might be visible at the surface. Functional Medicine practitioners look below the surface where the cause(s) may lie in altered physiology. Almost always, the cause of the disease and its symptoms is an underlying dysfunction and/or an imbalance of bodily systems.
Treatment for symptoms of disease above the surface rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, using principles of Functional Medicine, provide a more effective and enduring resolution for a patient’s health challenge. Functional Medicine restores balance in the body’s primary physiological processes with a focus on the patient’s lifelong optimal health and vitality. In today’s health care system, a medical management model that works well for acute health problems is applied to chronic health problems, where it is much less successful. The result is often symptom suppression rather than true cure of disease.