Functional Medicine determines how to restore health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
What is functional medicine?
The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing the root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of the disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
What conditions can be treated?
Functional Medicine can treat a lot of conditions, amongst them are:
- Autoimmune Conditions (Hashimoto, Celiac, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s)
- Digestive Disorders (bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, dysbiosis)
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue
- Mood Disorders (anxiety and depression)
- Difficulty Losing Weight
- Back and Joint Pain
How does it work?
The most important emphasis is placed on primary prevention of disease (before the disease process has begun). There is much wisdom in the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Once a disease process has started, a determination is made as to which core clinical function is imbalanced and responsible for causing it.
Most functional imbalances can be addressed, some substantially improved (treated), and others completely returned to optimal function (healed). Rebalancing core clinical functions always have a significant positive impact on the health of the patient. A large toolbox of available interventions are evaluated and a customized treatment plan is applied for maximal impact on the underlying functionality.