Functional medicine is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. Functional medicine is a science-based, individualized approach to discovering the root cause of a person’s health challenges. It’s about the whole person rather than just treating symptoms of the person. Using functional medicine analysis and advanced diagnostic testing, a personalized plan is developed based on the person’s unique biochemistry and genetics to restore balance in their physiological processes.
In conventional medicine settings, the process is to treat a group of symptoms, formulate a diagnosis based on those symptoms, and then develop a plan to treat those symptoms using pharmaceuticals. However, patients often end up just masking symptoms instead of truly healing, and end up with unwanted side effects from their conventional treatment.
Functional medicine fills the needs of person’s who are looking to take more ownership and responsibility for their health. Some of the conditions that may benefit from a functional medicine approach include gut issues, autoimmune issues, thyroid and hormonal issues, cardiovascular and neurological conditions, anxiety and depression, pain and fibromyalgia, fatigue, headaches and chronic infections, and adjunctive cancer/immune support.