Functional medicine is a way to address the whole person naturally. It has been rapidly gaining momentum as people have become increasingly disenchanted with the disease maintenance model of conventional medicine. Like traditional Chinese medicine, functional medicine is designed to be a preventative means by which people maintain health. If however imbalance is revealed through our detective work, functional medicine utilizes a different framework by which to address a prospective patient. The idea is to address the patient's state of adaptive physiology and support the body naturally back to homeostasis with diet, nutraceuticals, herbal supplementation, exercise and stress management. Instead of treating various isolated symptoms, the whole system is addressed. The standard of care in our mainstream healthcare system is to wait for a patient to become sick before any treatment plan is implemented. By this time, often there is only maintenance of the disease. Functional medicine is a tool to achieve and maintain optimal health naturally.
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