Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. This approach is a shift from the disease-centered focus of a traditional western medical practice.
The Functional Medicine model evolved from the insights and perspectives of a small group of influential thought leaders, who realized the importance of an individualized approach to disease causes, based on the evolving research in nutritional science, genomics, and epigenetics. These thought leaders found ways to apply these new advances in medical clinics.
Functional Medicine practitioners address root causes using low-risk interventions that modify molecular and cellular systems, thus reversing drivers of disease. Functional Medicine practitioners spend an extensive time with their patients, collecting their histories, the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, searching for possible underlying causes (toxins, allergens, microbes, nutrition, hormone imbalance, or stress). The practitioners leverage the findings to develop personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.