WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?

Functional medicine is a proactive  practice of  tackling the underlying causes of disease, using a systemic approach. It shifts the focus from the symptoms of disease to the whole person. A functional medicine practitioner makes effort to listen to a patient's concerns and utilizes previous health and life histories, detailed lab testing, genetic makeup, environmental factors and lifestyle to inform clinical decision making.

As no two people are exactly the same, the ultimate goal is to provide personalized care and lifestyle interventions to reverse or slow down pathological processes leading to chronic disease.

The functional medicine tree explains in detail how symptoms in the body funnel down to causes rooted in a person's lifestyle and environment.

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Common differences between Functional and the conventional approach

Functional Medicine

  • Systems oriented

  • Optimizes care

  • Patient oriented

  • Root cause exposure

  • Holistic care

  • Preventive approach

  • Cost effective

  • Mind Body Spirit oriented

Conventional Medicine

  • Symptom oriented

  • Manages disease

  • Doctor centered

  • Symptom suppression

  • Specialized care

  • Early detection

  • Expensive

  • Body oriented