Functional medicine is comprehensive care for complex chronic disease. Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex chronic disease. Functional Medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology and lifestyle. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and evaluating the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease. In this way functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.