What is Functional Medicine?
Conventional Western medicine focuses on managing acute symptoms, but often neglects to address the root cause of disease. In response, many patients and physicians are seeking healthcare alternatives such as Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine is a scientific, systems-based approach to treatment which focuses on identifying the fundamental cause of disease. Instead of merely treating symptoms, the Functional Medicine model works to identify and treat the underlying condition.
Practitioners of Functional Medicine seek to develop a well-rounded understanding of a patient’s medical history, lifestyle choices, and genetic predispositions. This holistic understanding of the patient’s health allows for highly personalized treatment plans which promote long-term wellness. Furthermore, in a Functional Medicine practice, patients spend significantly more time with their provider developing a collaborative and engaging partnership.
Many educational resources are available for those interested in the Functional Medicine model. The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and The Institute of Functional Medicine are on the cutting edge of this movement. Whether you are in San Diego, Charlotte, or Cleveland, a certification from the Institute of Functional Medicine is a must-have credential for any Functional Medicine practice.