By addressing root causes, rather than symptoms, Functional Medicine practitioners are well-suited to address complex diseases. A practitioner may find that one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatments target the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
How does it work? Primary prevention of disease (before the disease process has begun) is the focus. There is much wisdom in the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. If the disease process has already started, the test helps determine which core clinical function is imbalanced and responsible for causing it.
Most functional imbalances can be addressed, some substantially improved (treated), and others completely returned to optimal function (healed). Rebalancing core clinical functions has a significant positive impact on patient health. A large toolbox of interventions is evaluated, and a customized treatment plan will be developed and applied for maximal impact.