Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.
The ultimate goal is to heal disease and promote a healthy life. A healthy life is not defined as simply an absence of disease, but rather a positive vitality filled with energy, joy, gratitude and balance.
What is Functional Medicine Approach?
Functional medicine is an approach to create an understanding of balance in the human body looking at:
▪ Hormones, chemicals, minerals, metabolites
▪ Body fluids (blood, urine, stool, saliva, DNA)
Why Is Functional Medicine Needed?
Society is experiencing a dramatic rise in the amount of people suffering from complex, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, ADHD, autism and mental illness. Healing the patient has become replaced with treating the patient.
This change in terminology implies that the patient’s problems are permanent, but the symptoms may be controlled with a life-time of ever increasing drugs. Patients need an approach which embraces healing by addressing the root cause of their problems, rather than perpetually trimming the leaves of their symptoms. Functional medicine is that approach.