What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is all about balance. It approaches the body from the basic knowledge of physiology and biochemistry. With understanding the basics we are able to understand what the body may need most. It essentially allows the accurate treatment of the underlying problems, not just symptom management.
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Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:
- Biochemical individuality addressing your genetic and environmental differences.
- Patient-centered medicine emphasizes "patient care" rather than "disease care,"
- Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
- Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems,
- Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
- Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span.
Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. The core clinical imbalances that arise from malfunctions within this complex system include:
- Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
- Antioxidant imbalances and the health of mitochondria
- Detoxification imbalances
- Immune imbalances
- Inflammatory imbalances
- Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
- Structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculo-skeletal system