The Functional Medicine paradigm involves a partnership between client and practitioner in working toward root cause of health issues by looking at the whole picture- genetics, environment, triggers- not just symptoms; it is a personalized, client-centered, science-based approach that empowers client and practitioner to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each person’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized care plans with the goal of improved outcomes.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, a Functional Medicine approach targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.