Energy drives all biologic activity—within individual atoms and molecules, as part of cellular physiology, up through organ-system and whole-person functioning, and, ultimately, the entire biosphere. The last 20 years have brought us dramatic breakthroughs in understanding about how mitochondria work and what they require for enduring optimal function. Genetic and epigenetic vulnerabilities have been discovered; the effects of toxic environmental exposures on energy production have been revealed; and connections between dysregulation in energy production and many clinical conditions have been described.

Physiology is one side of the coin, but we are also learning about the larger energy landscape, including the mechanisms underlying the clinical effects of magnetic fields and microcurrent, hands-on therapies such as manipulation and craniosacral, acupuncture, and the profound power of the therapeutic partnership.


Energy regulation involves the production, utilization, maintenance, and regeneration of cellular energy potential—that is, the effort of the body to keep a positive balance of energy reserves to meet present and future demands.

This Advanced Practice Module will investigate the science of mitochondrial function and dysfunction, the impact of oxidative stress, as well as nutritional and lifestyle influences on both health and disease. Clinicians will learn how to regenerate compromised mitochondrial function and how to address the varied underlying causes of fatigue, depression, headache, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases. Evidence-based modalities to address pain will be introduced, and the profound potential of the healing partnership will be both explored and experienced.


  • CME credit
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • Two and a half days of live lectures (View the full schedule of topics)
  • Course Materials: PDF presentation slides, MP3 audio recordings, and MP4 video recordings of presentations (Recordings are available to download from your online account 4-6 weeks after the course concludes)
  • Pre- and post-course webinars
  • Temporary access to over 200 clinician resources that can be accessed and used in practice immediately after the course
  • IFM tools to incorporate into your practice:
    • Intake forms
    • Patient handouts
    • Assessment questionnaires
  • Healthful snacks and morning movement activities (Onsite only)
  • Question and Answer sessions with presenters
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference online forum moderated by IFM faculty

Clinical competencies to be mastered through the module:

  • Define and understand the importance of energy regulation and mitochondrial function from a clinical perspective
  • Employ advanced approaches to history, physical examination, and laboratory assessments to improve the recognition of clinical syndromes related to mitochondrial function and energy regulation
  • Individualize functional treatment protocols to address mitochondrial dysfunction and increased demand for cellular energy
  • Identify common antecedents, triggers, and mediators underlying mitochondrial dysfunction and increased energy demand in clinical syndromes and map energy regulation issues to the Functional Medicine clinical matrix
  • Develop and apply a personalized approach to preparing for clinical encounters
  • Improve clinical outcomes through the intentional development of true therapeutic partnerships with patients
  • Recognize when to use or refer patients for physical medicine treatments and various electrical and mind-body modalities to address pain, improve energy regulation, support structural integrity, and tissue healing
  • Design and implement interventions to mitigate the effects of oxidative stress, inflammation, and structural changes on mitochondrial function
  • Apply functional “Clinical Considerations” to more effectively evaluate and personalize treatments for fatigue, chronic pain, depression, headaches, and neurodegenerative disorders

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