What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine identifies the underlying causes of disease, using a systems oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. Functional Medicine treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.

Defining Principles

  • Views us all as being different; genetically and biochemically unique. This personalized health care treats the individual, not the disease. It supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body naturally, rather than attacking disease directly.
  • On the cutting edge of science. It is Evidence based. Research shows us what happens within us is connected in a complicated network or web of relationships. Understanding those relationships allows us to understand the functioning of the body.
  • Your body is intelligent and has the capacity for self-regulation, which expresses itself through a dynamic balance of all your body systems known as homeostasis.
  • Your body has the ability to heal and prevent nearly all the diseases of aging.
  • Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.
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