Functional Medicine is a systems-based practice that looks upstream from your symptoms to consider the whole picture of you as an individual. Your unique genetic makeup, environmental influences and physiology are all considered. Practitioners use intensive tests (including blood, urine and stool) to identify underlying causes of your health problems, including nutritional deficiencies, immune dysfunction and chronic inflammation.
They address root cause rather than symptom suppression, allowing patients to feel better without drugs or surgery. Functional medicine practitioners understand that your hormones, mood, skin and gut are all interconnected – and they focus on personalized, patient-centered care.
Healing from Within: Understanding the Principles and Benefits of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine also emphasizes that your body is innately healing and resilient. They look at underlying imbalances and work to restore balance through naturopathic practices, like dietary therapy, movement, breathwork, acupuncture and mindfulness.
Unlike conventional doctors who may recommend medications like statins for high cholesterol, functional medicine practitioners often focus on diet, sleep, and exercise to help stabilize your body’s chemistry. They will offer recommendations that can be easily incorporated into your life to promote long-term health and wellness, such as nutrient-dense eating habits, stress management strategies, detoxification techniques and individualized exercise programming.