Functional medicine places patients at the center and takes into account all aspects of bodily function rather than an isolated set of symptoms. The approach aims to find and address root causes of ill health and illness rather than simply treating symptoms.
Is Functional Medicine the Opposite of Standard medicine?
It is not. The two directions partially complement each other and are suited to different conditions. Functional medicine is most effective when dealing with chronic disease while standard medicine excels at caring for acute conditions. For a comparison between the two strategies, see the schematic below.
We believe that the most effective way to approach and correct chronic symptoms is to look for and address the root causes, and to optimise diet and lifestyle. This often results in a greatly reduced need for pharmaceutical drugs in our patients. Simultaneously, practitioners and clinics strive to be up to date with research in areas such as genetics, nutrition, systems biology and disease processes. Our practitioners take the time to carefully go through every patient's history in order to develop an understanding of how lifestyle, genetics and environment interact in each individual's case.
Functional medicine is characterised by:
Is Functional Medicine Only for People with Chronic Illness?
No. Functional medicine can be applied in many different ways. Not only to get sick patients back to health, but also to optimise physical and mental performance and to prevent future disease. We believe that functional medicine will inevitably be an integral part of the future of healthcare - both to treat and prevent disease.
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