Simply put, functional medicine is the future of health care. Many traditional health care providers treat the symptoms of an illness, usually with pharmaceuticals. No attempt is made to find a root cause of a problem nor do most physicians consider more nuanced health care practices like diet and lifestyle management.
Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
- Patient-centered care
- An integrative, science-based healthcare approach
- Bridging best medical practices of traditional Western medicine with integrative healing
- Practicing a root-cause solution as opposed to a band-aid approach