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WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?

Functional medicine physicians believe that disease is caused by complex networks of relationships between different metabolic and physiological systems in the body and that these relationships are modifiable with nutrition and behavior. Practitioners take a patient-centered approach to medicine as opposed to only focusing on the individual’s disease.

The goal of functional medicine is to unearth and understand these metabolic relationships and attempt to optimize or balance them to help you heal. The conventional approach to medicine is to understand your diagnosis and then prescribe medicines to treat the pathology or symptoms associated with that diagnosis. In functional medicine, the physician will work to find the chemical causes of what is ailing you and look at behaviors or environmental conditions you can change. It is common for functional medicine physicians to include health coaching and nutritional counseling as part of a patient’s treatment plan.


Topics: Behavior & Lifestyle | Chronic Disease | Complementary Medicine | Diet | Exercise | Fatigue | Integrative Health | Stress

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