Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that addresses the root cause, rather than the symptoms, to identify complexities of conditions and diseases.
Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances can be detected long before a disease is diagnosed. A person doesn’t just wake up one day with hormone imbalances, digestive issues, or heart disease, even though it may seem that way. These issues arise as environmental inputs such as diet, nutrients (including air and water), exercise, and physical or mental trauma are processed through the individual’s unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs.
Functional medicine relies on a detailed understanding of each client’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors to create personalized treatment plans that lead to optimal health in all aspects of life. Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Typically, there will be a progression of therapies in the treatment plan. We start with the highest priority issue, the thing that if treated will make the most impact in the individual’s life. Once that is stabilized, we move to the next step and continue until goals have been met.