Functional Medicine is an individualized and science-based approach to health and wellness. It looks to identify and treat the underlying cause of the illness rather than focusing on only the symptoms.
Practitioners work with a patient-centric approach and understand the lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that can influence a patients health. In this way, practitioners can address the person as a whole and not just a set of symptoms.
There can be many causes of an illness and on the flip side, many conditions develop due to one cause. Using a treatment approach that addresses the cause can have a lasting impact on the body. Functional Medicine practitioners look at the body as one integrated system rather than in parts and therefore, the treatment approaches address the body as a whole.