What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a systems-based approach that seeks to identify and correct the root cause rather than simply mask symptoms of disease.
It engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership, looking at what kind of person has the disease rather than what kind of disease the person has. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional medicine practitioners spend significantly more time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
To learn more about functional medicine, please visit www.functionalmedicine.org.
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