Functional Medicine is a natural evolution in the approach to medicine that actually addresses the healthcare needs of our society.
A new awareness is emerging around illness and wellness. The old paradigm of treating disease is lagging behind the momentum our chronic illnesses are approaching. What has worked to “control” symptoms or progression of disease is not enough to keep up with the speed of advancing chronic illnesses.
This practice of medicine is an approach that focuses on the person from head to toe and not just a disease; an approach that focuses on the root causes of the problem.
Chronic diseases are becoming more prominent and burdensome to our society, and it is important to start moving in the direction of health rather than becoming overwhelmed by disease. Functional Medicine is this necessary approach towards health.
Conventional medicine mainly focuses on treating symptoms, the aftermath of the cause. Yes, conventional medicine uses preventive care – but it still does not focus on the entire person.
Most doctors do not have the time to really delve into the root causes that are affecting the patient due to time constraints and the amount of patients they have to see. That approach is an uneffective way to provide a patient centered care that promotes healing.
Functional Medicine emphasizes a partnership between the doctor and the patient promoting a true healing of the cause of the illness. This relationship allows the patient to gain back the control and responsibility of his or her own health. It incorporates the scientific knowledge we now have about environmental influences, lifestyle choices, genetics, and systems biology affecting the entire person.