Introduction To Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine is a model of patient care and treatment. It focuses on finding the root cause of illness by analyzing genetics, biochemical pathways, nutrition and lifestyle to develop a personal individualized treatment plan for the patient. A detailed history is first performed. After all information is gathered, treatment usually consists of nutritional supplements, dietary changes and lifestyle changes. If you are not willing to make diet and lifestyle changes, functional medicine is not for you.
Conditions that respond to functional medicine include but are not limited to:
Digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns Disease, chronic constipation and gall bladder disease.
Inflammatory and auto immune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Neurological conditions such as anxiety, depression, multiple sclerosis.