Functional medicine focuses on identifying the root cause of illness. Its main goal is to ultimately restore the human body to optimum functioning.Schedule Your Appointment ›
Functional Medicine practitioners perform different laboratory tests and diagnostics to uncover the root cause of symptoms to treat the whole person and not just the disease. Practitioners encourage and empower patients to be conscious of their food choices, environmental toxins, and overall well-being.
Understanding genetic, lifestyle, and biochemical makeup
It starts with a detailed understanding of a person’s genetic, lifestyle, and biochemical makeup through in-depth history taking and questionnaires. Visits are usually longer due to the fact that practitioners have to dig deep into the past as to why, when, or how the symptoms have come about. Functional Medicine practitioners tend to do a lot of different types of functional laboratory tests and diagnostics to find the root cause of symptoms and treat the whole person and not just the disease. For example, comprehensive stool analysis, organic acid testing, nutritional evaluation, genetic SNP testing, heavy metal testing and different types of specialized testing may be used to find the true sickness, and treatments are personalized and individualized based on the patient’s background, lifestyle, and genetic factors. Practitioners empower patients to work on their diet, environmental toxins and uses labs as a motivator and diagnostic as it tries to get patients to optimal range and not just the “normal” lab range.