Functional Medicine

Functional medicine emphasizes a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.

“Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques”. Dr Mark Hyman MD

Functional Medicine approach to complex chronic disease is represented by the illustration shown below, the practitioners look closely at the underline cause of the complex chronic disease, which are rooted in lifestyle choices (diet, stress, sleep & relaxation and physical activity), environmental exposures (air, water, soil) and genetic influences to address a broad spectrum of conditions such as digestive disorders, weight loss, autoimmune conditions, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, mental health concerns and much more.

Functional Medicine approach to treatment

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