Functional medicine embraces much of the philosophy of Integrative medicine. However, it also employs a systems-oriented medical approach. It works to identify and understand the underlying or root causes of a disease. This discipline is actually a personalization of healthcare, as each patient care plan is unique and not treated as a set standard of symptoms.
The relationship between patient and practitioner effectively becomes a partnership. Every aspect of a patient’s medical history is reviewed in great detail. It treats the individual rather than the disease itself by understanding the biochemical individuality of a patient. Therefore, it can lead to the underlying causes of disease, and prevention of additional health risks in the future.
So. as you can see for yourself looking for the root cause of each and every disease, particularly chronic diseases such as autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity is extremely important. Basically, rather than simply making a diagnosis, and then determining what prescription drugs or surgery will be best to treat the condition, a deeper dive is taken into the patient's history and biochemistry. By doing so, we can ask, why is this particular patient ill?
Functional medicine is highly personalized and often includes a detailed analysis of an individual’s genetic makeup. Now, a medical doctor really treats most illnesses the same way from the common cold to heart attacks. However, this takes medicine to a whole other level that more people need to become aware of for health to improve to the best quality possible.