Functional Medicine is a patient centered approach to improve health and could also be described as personalized medicine. The main concept is to look for the underlying reasons that an individual is having problems and by addressing these causes, the physician can help improve the patient’s overall state of well-being. This is done by analyzing a person’s genetics, environmental exposures, infections, basic nutritional status, hormonal condition and emotional state. Physicians that practice this approach spend time with their patients getting to know the history and lifestyle of each one.
Functional medicine is a powerful new methodology for the treatment and prevention of chronic medical conditions by personalizing care for each individual based on each person’s specific situation.