Functional Medicine is the medical practice or treatment that focuses on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine. This field looks to find the root cause or mechanism involved with underlying dysfunction and/or an imbalance of bodily systems such as loss of function, symptoms, or diseases. Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and treatments, Functional Medicine practitioners try to restore balance in the body’s primary physiological processes. Patients with chronic conditions such as hormonal, metabolic, neurological and allergic problems can find solutions when seeking care with a Functional Medicine practitioner.
The 2 main approaches to Functional Medicine:
- Add what’s lacking (ex:nutrition, supplements) in the body to bring it back to optimal condition
- Remove what is impeding the body from optimally functioning. Ex: Gluten/Dairy.
The patient is being treated as a whole and not just their symptoms. We want to educate our patients about their condition so that they take charge of their health and feel empowered.