Functional Medicine is a holistic approach to health care focusing on prevention and underlying causes of imbalance rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Using your history, symptoms, and lab results to develop a highly individualized, comprehensive health plan including lifestyle activities, dietary guidelines, and nutritional and herbal supplementation as needed.
This approach recognizes the influences of the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual well being as components of the whole health of the patient. Rather than treating the symptoms of a disease, Functional Medicine examines the underlying processes leading to dis-ease. Together the practitioner and you explore patterns in your life, your history, your diet, your various environmental influences, your relationships, how you work, relax, play and sleep.
Functional Medicine looks at the residual effects of any medications you take, how well your digestive system functions, and what chemicals and toxins to which you regularly or tangentially suffer exposure. This creates the full picture of your health status and provides an understanding that helps you to optimal well being.
Functional Medicine views disease, not as “the enemy”, but rather as an opportunity for change and growth. It asks you to pay attention to your body and to communicate that to your practitioner, who is your advisor and your partner in this journey of life. Together we devise your therapy program, as a complement to your values, individual needs and lifestyle.