Functional medicine IS holistic medicine – it addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of poor health, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. Chinese medicine also has the model of root and branch. The root being the cause of poor health, and the symptoms are the branches. While it may be necessary to manage the symptoms, ultimately the issues have to be addressed at the root in order to be resolved.
Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence health and optimal function. This way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
The tools used in functional medicine include the wide array of lab testing now available, along with focused nutritional support, vitamins and supplements, herbal medicine, pharmaceuticals when needed, along with lifestyle counseling. Everything needed to keep you functioning at your best!