Functional Medicine – Focuses on Patient Care, Rather than Disease Care:
Functional Medicine is patient-centered, science based healing. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. Because our bodies all respond differently to the same conditions and require different approaches for healing, Functional Medicine focuses on "patient care" rather than "disease care.”As Sir William Osler, the founder of Functional Medicine said, "It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
Views the Body as One Integrated System:
Functional Medicine seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. Today, a large body of research promotes the view of human body as highly interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning separately, without effect on each other. Functional Medicine restores balance in the body's primary physiological processes with a cascading effect on the overall health.
Treats Core Clinical Imbalances:
Functional medicine examines the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances arise as environmental inputs (diet, nutrients, toxins, trauma, etc.) are processed by the individual’s systems (body, mind, and spirit) through their unique set of genetic predispositions (SNPs), attitudes, and beliefs. As this graphic of the iceberg shows, a disease, such as heart disease, can be observed above surface, the true cause lies well below surface in unseen dysfunction and imbalances.