Functional Medicine combines ancient medical wisdom with the benefits of modern science. Disease is seen as an opportunity for growth and a demand for change. As in ancient medicine, disease is regarded as a disruption or block of the normal self regulating mechanisms of the body. The underlying processes that preceded the pathology are sought so they may be engaged in the therapy.
Functional Medicine is also Integrative in perceiving the body, mind, emotions, as well as all the organ systems as having a web-like relationship with each other. It is thus interested in you, the patient, as it finds you in life: How do you feel, what do you eat, what is your work, how do you recreate, how are your digestion and sleep patterns, what have you been exposed to? In other words, Functional Medicine treats the individual who has migraines, not the migraines.
Often, peoples’ health problems are complex and require the functional approach for effective therapy: problems like chronic fatigue syndrome, auto-immune illness, fibromyalgia and digestive complaints. Functional Medicine is also a choice for those who are interested in preventative health care.
Functional Medicine operates in a much broaded spectrum than conventional medicine. If you complain of depression, the conventional approach would dictate writing you a prescription for an anti-depressant. Functional Medicine wants to know why you are depressed: relationships, nutrition, neuro-transmitter dysfunction, exposure to toxins? so that treatment may begin at the underlying areas. You will be asked to be an active partner in your care. You may need to change your diet, exercise, take supplements, get detoxified, or even to meditate. Functional Medicine is interested in obtaining optimum health, not merely eliminating a symptom.
In Functional Medicine, testing is not so much for a specific disease, but for why your body is out of balance.