Functional Medicine is a medical paradigm that is gaining traction across the country. Practitioners are embracing this approach to healthcare that is more than just disease management, and helping their patients get healthy and stay that way. Functional medicine takes into account the patient as an individual with unique genetic and environmental influences. It utilizes the same diagnostic/prognostic tools as traditional medicine but uses them in a different way, so we can identify and treat root causes of health problems.
What is an example of Functional Medicine?
Patients often seek out a functional medicine practitioner for chronic illnesses that their traditional doctor can’t seem to diagnose or treat effectively. These include autoimmune and inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis, digestive issues including food sensitivities and allergies, women’s health issues (including hormone imbalances and menopause) and mental wellness concerns.
Functional medicine practitioners use the latest scientific knowledge about how your genes and environment interact to form a unique biological network that determines your health. Your practitioner will take the time to listen to your story and then perform a series of specialty lab tests that look at your blood, urine, stool, saliva and breath to find out what’s going on at the cellular level in your body.
Those who choose to practice functional medicine often use their knowledge of nutrition, movement and lifestyle interventions to help their patients achieve optimal health. They are also able to partner with a variety of other practitioners, such as naturopaths, massage therapists and personal trainers, in order to offer a more comprehensive approach to healing.
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