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What is Functional Medicine?

What is Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is integrative, preventative, research oriented and globally focused. The central training of functional medicine is physiology, and that is what makes it truly preventative. By understanding how personal environment causes metabolic dysfunction, we learn strategies to prevent disease. The key to good preventive healthcare is integration. Preventative medicine involves functionally assessing the nervous system while also integrating the relationships of the immune, cardiovascular, endocrine, and structural systems of the body. A functional medicine practitioner considers lifestyle, activities, diet, genetics and stress to personalize healthcare for each individual.

Why Functional Medicine?

Chronic disease creates a problem for the current medical system, which is based around acute care. When any problem becomes chronic, the physiology shifts from affecting one system to causing changes globally throughout the entire body. The movement towards specialization within the medical field has left many doctors with vast knowledge of an individual system without consideration of the whole body. Thus, many who suffer from chronic disease often see many different doctors or live with unresolved symptoms. Functional medicine investigates, assesses, and addresses the underlying causes of chronic disease naturally, while also considering how chronic disease effects the whole body. Helping individuals get to the root causes of chronic disease and making necessary lifestyle changes is at the heart of a functional medicine practice.

What Does it Mean to Get to the Root Cause?

In a tree, leaves thrive when the tree has a healthy root system from getting plenty of water, minerals, and sunlight. It is natural to look at the health of the leaves and decide what environmental needs should change.

The body is a living system just like a tree. If signs and symptoms are occurring, it is important to consider the foundation of health for the body and if those needs are being addressed. This should occur first before medication is given and surgeries are performed. Getting to the root cause is understanding signs and symptoms of chronic disease and looking at the basics of nutrition, exercise, thought, and genetics to support the body back to health.

Does Functional Medicine Replace My Medical Doctor?

Functional medicine is an integrative approach to meet the needs of life in the 21st century. It does not replace your medical doctor and the care the medical system provides. Functional medicine provides individualized conjunctive support to aid the bodies’ naturally healing properties.