The Future of Medicine is Here
Functional Medicine Description
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE, a natural evolution of conventional medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century, is deeply science-based and partners patients, doctors, and healthcare practitioners to work as one team to create a personalized plan that treats the person, not the disease or condition. Together, they focus on how to achieve optimal functioning of the body and its organs.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE treats the whole body, addressing the underlying causes of the disease, while viewing the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It uses a systems-oriented approach, which engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It shifts the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their history and evaluating the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence their long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE supports true health and vitality for each individual.