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Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing
the root causes of disease for each individual.
The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing the root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of the disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, functional medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
The scope and cost of chronic disease continue to rise. Functional medicine has proven to reverse this trend by providing better outcomes and cost savings for both patients and the healthcare system in the long term.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IN PRACTICE
Clinicians choose to practice functional medicine for many reasons, including improved outcomes with chronic disease patients and an increased sense of professional satisfaction. There are also many ways to make a successful living practicing functional medicine. In fact, the practice of functional medicine is thriving in most current business and practice models.