In Clinical Practice
Changing the way we do medicine, and the medicine we do
Functional medicine offers a new approach to management and prevention of chronic disease that embodies the art and science of medicine. It integrates what we know about how the human body works with patient-centered, science-based care. Functional medicine addresses the causes of chronic disease, which are rooted in lifestyle choices, environmental exposures, and genetic influences.
Functional medicine emphasizes the therapeutic partnership, which engages the heart, mind, and spirit of both practitioner and client, and encourages moments of deep insight that contribute to more comprehensive answers to stubborn, complex medical problems.
A patient visiting a functional medicine practitioner will likely have a lengthy interview, fill out questionnaires on a variety of topics, and undergo laboratory tests. The extensive information collected is used to determine the underlying imbalances and influences (whether genetic, environmental, or psychosocial) that have produced the context for disease or dysfunction. The clinician evaluates seven key functional/biological systems to understand the full network of vectors underlying the disease. Then, customized interventions are initiated to reestablish balance and functionality, and a comprehensive treatment plan is created to restore health. Tools are drawn from both conventional and integrative medicine, including lifestyle adjustments based on clinical scientific research.
Functional medicine offers a paradigm shift in clinical practice, thus producing a more effective response to chronic disease.Click here to read the entire document.
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