Do You Need Functional Medicine?
In recent years functional medicine has been rapidly gaining in popularity – and that’s a great thing! With the increase in chronic disease so often being treated by mainstream medicine with symptom suppressing pharmaceuticals rather than healing the root cause, people are seeking a better and more long term solution. This isn’t to say there isn’t a need for conventional medicine, it saves lives daily, but it is not the only answer.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine by definition is: “The medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.” Because functional medicine is deeply science based, it doesn’t dismiss conventional medical approaches or replace them solely with holistic ideas, but instead it combines the two into what is called “integrative medicine”.
Most functional medicine practitioners will use intensive lab testing to get a complete picture of the patient’s health from the inside out. These personalized tests are far more thorough than what a conventional doctor will typically do and will include panels for micro-nutrients, food intolerance, hormones, and more. This allows the practitioner to understand what is causing the condition at hand, rather than simply identifying it and treating the symptoms. Using these identifying factors practitioners are able to bring the whole body back to health through nutrition, supplements, and support until the disease is cured rather than simply treating the symptoms as is common in mainstream medicine. Ultimately the goal is complete health.
Who Can Benefit from Functional Medicine?
Anyone can benefit from functional medicine – even those who are healthy. When your body has a response it’s because it’s having a reaction to something happening inside of it and functional medicine practitioners want to know what is creating that response, therefore it is excellent for those with chronic conditions such as allergic, digestive, hormonal, metabolic and even neurological problems. Functional medicine is so personalized to each individual patient, it has completely changed many lives for the better and continues to do so every day.