Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership..
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
You already get this holistic level of care from acupuncturists, but the good news is, more doctors will begin to see their patients as a whole, unique individual and treat them that way as well. Different types of medical practitioners will collaborate and work together to bring about true health and wellness, and focus on prevention instead of symptom management.