Functional Medicine is an approach to health care that takes into account all components of the human body and how it is affected by its environment over time. Functional Medicine helps the clinician to identify the root cause of the dysfunction at the most basic chemical/elemental level of the human body and targets that imbalance for improving the patients health.
Chronic disease usually starts by the declining function in one or more of the body’s systems (or functions). Functional Medicine aims at restoring health by reversing (and/or substantially improving) the specific aspect of the body that is not functioning properly and is contributing to the disease. Each patient has a unique, complex and interwoven set of environmental and lifestyle factors that affects the functioning of their systems differently and can either help or hinder good health.
The Functional Medicine practitioner obtains and evaluates clinical information that leads to individualized, patient-centered and science-based therapies. For over more than 30 years, the tools, practices, and concepts of Functional Medicine have evolved considerably. This is due to the large amount of evidence that these factors, in deed, are the common pathways to diseases; and that the role of diet, stress, physical activity and the effects of environmental toxins (in the air, water, soil, etc.) impact health.