Functional Medicine is a personalized approach that uses system-oriented model that engages patients and practitioners to address underlying causes of disease. This approach helps to achieve the highest expression of health. This is a complex development in the practice of modern medicine that better addresses needs of healthcare in the 21st century. Instead of traditional disease-centered focus of traditional medical practice, Functional Medicine uses patient-centered approach. This method helps to address the whole person and not just isolated set of symptoms.
Traditionally, a modern approach emphasizes use of drugs or hormones as therapeutic tool to deal with a dysfunction or disease. Examples are conditions including low thyroid function, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, allergic reaction, auto-immune disorders and so on. The training in the standard model is care is to diagnose a disease and match it with a corresponding medication. The standard model of care works well for acute conditions, infection, trauma and emergency situations, but sadly fails in the care of chronic diseases that affect at least 30% of population.
Functional Medicine is the field that helps to identify and address imbalances that cause numerous chronic conditions such as digestive, metabolic, hormonal, neurologic, autoimmune and allergic problems that affect most people.