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Numerous techniques for medical therapy have been developed in the modern world, and functional medicine is one of them. Functional Medicine is a system of treatment that utilizes a biological-based manner of treating patients. A functional medicine physician specializes in providing patient-centered healthcare treatment rather than symptom-based. They place a higher premium on examining the patient's lifestyle and medical history to ascertain the underlying reason for the medical illness.

What is Functional Medicine All About?

Functional Medicine is a form of alternative medicine that originated from modern scientific medicine. It takes a holistic approach to have a deep understanding of the root cause of a medical problem. Functional medicine doctors understand that no two patients are the same; hence, they prioritize the patient's medical history. For instance, if you're a patient of a functional medicine doctor, your doctor will require information about you personally and your way of life. They will use the information to create a treatment plan that suits you. Before functional doctors can take complete care of patients, they'll consider several factors such as emotional factors, physical, environmental factors, mental, societal factors, and everything that can affect the patient's health.

The Basic Principles Of Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is developed on five basic principles that govern the practice. These principles include;

  • Everyone is different

Functional medicine understands that people differ both biochemically and genetically. Based on this principle, functional medicine takes a more personalized approach in offering treatment to several patients

  • Science-Based approach

The body has a complex network of systems relating together to help the body function properly. Functional medicine physicians study the deep complexities of the body. The deep insight of a functional medicine physician help to easily navigate through the body system to find out the root cause of a medical condition

  • Self-regulatory capacity

Functional medicine believes that the human body has a self-regulatory capacity which helps the body maintain balance. The human body is made of numerous interconnected systems that help create a balance. Once a medical condition gains entry into the body, the body will lose balance and showcase symptoms in several body systems.

  • Self-healing capacity

Functional medicine believes that the body can protect itself from the numerous health conditions associated with aging. It's also believed that the body can heal itself.

  • Health is not the absence of medical conditions

Another principle functional medicine thrives on is that a healthy body is not the body that isn't experiencing diseases but a body system with immense vitality regardless of the presence or absence of medical conditions.

One Health Condition, Many Potential Causes. One Potential Cause, Many Medical Conditions

Functional medicine physicians understand that one medical condition can have several causes and vice versa. For instance, functional medicine believes that anxiety and depression can have several potential causes: lack of Omega-3 in the body system, side effects of antibiotics use, inflammation, low thyroid levels, and more. Furthermore, the suspected root causes are also caused by underlying medical conditions. For instance, low thyroid levels can result from several conditions such as; lack of iodine in the diet, pituitary gland disorder, thyroid surgery, to mention a few.

Functional medicine physicians believe that every symptom could contribute to a person's medical condition. Once the root cause of a medical condition is identified, the patient has greater chances of getting adequate treatment. Functional medicine doctors follow advanced diagnostic treatment, testing, and scientific-based methods to restore health and balance to the human body.

Chronic Medical Conditions and Functional Medicine

The traditional medical practice uses a medical management approach that speedily results in surgical procedures, drugs, and acute care procedures. The medical management approach used by traditional medicine is not outrightly unnecessary, it's suitable for acute medical conditions, but care should be taken when using it to treat chronic medical conditions.

According to medical experts, chronic medical conditions require a two-step treatment:

  • Use what's deficient in the body to gently push the body physiology back to a place of adequate functioning

  • Clear out anything that hinders the body from progressing to a state of optimal physiology.

Functional medicine doctors make an effort to follow the two procedures. They use the patient's medical history, advanced testing, and general knowledge of the patient's lifestyle to combat chronic medical conditions effectively. The treatment method of functional medicine involves emotional counseling, nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, supplements, herbs, and other natural agents.

Is Functional Medicine an Effective Mode of Treatment

Functional medicine doctors educate their patients and encourage them to live healthy lives. The medical approach of functional medicine is more productive and long-lasting. After functional medicine's treatment, patients will feel much healthier and will have embraced a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about Functional Medicine and how it can benefit you, go through our website here;

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