Functional medicine is a fundamentally different way of thinking about the origins and mechanisms of illness and disease. It is patient-centered, holistic care based on why and how our genetics, environment and lifestyle interact to create imbalances in our bodies. These imbalances show up as symptoms that we call disease. Not only does functional medicine deliver all the benefits of conventional medicine, it also addresses why a person became ill, how to create better health today, and how to prevent future illness.
Functional medicine is lifestyle focused. It involves the therapeutic use of individualized diet, tailored exercise plans, stress management tools, tobacco and alcohol cessation, and other non-drug techniques, to prevent, treat, and, more importantly, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent today.