Functional medicine is comprehensive care for complex chronic disease. Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex chronic disease. Functional Medicine practitioners look "upstream" to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient's history, physiology and lifestyle. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and evaluating the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease. In this way functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Functional medicine integrates traditional medical practices with integrative medicine, creating a focus on prevention and treatment through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations drugs and/or FDA approved medical foods, nutritional pharmaceuticals, botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Functional medicine practitioners treat conditions such as:
- Chronic pain and muscle spasm
- Migraine headaches
- Chronic fatigue
- Multiple sclerosis
- Autoimmune disorders
- Obesity and obesity related disorders such as sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Irritable bowel and other GI disorders
- Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- Psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions