Why Choose Functional Medicine?
Practitioners of Functional Medicine approach health with a holistic, mind-body focus and incorporate scientifically-validated methods for identifying imbalances in a patient's system, which can lead to disease or poor health. It looks to address the underlying cause of illness by looking at the core aspects that affect people on a cellular level. This is a type of alternative healthcare that is rapidly expanding worldwide as a successful way to manage our health and wellbeing today. Unlike 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 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. Diet, Nutrition, Supplements, and Exercise are all main ingredients that are necessary when striving to achieve the strong and healthy existence that most of us desire.
How is Functional Medicine Different than Traditional Medicine?
Traditional medicine is acute symptom based treatment and treats the symptoms whereas Functional Medicine treats the whole body. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
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