Functional Medicine refers to something completely different than what we have now come to know as conventional medicine or the standard model of care. To fully understand what functional medicine is, it is important to contrast it with conventional medicine.
The standard model of care is to diagnose a disease and match that disease with a corresponding drug. The standard model of care works well for acute diseases, trauma, infection, and emergencies. However it dramatically fails in the care of chronic diseases that affect over 125 million people in the United States alone. Conditions such as allergic, digestive, hormonal, metabolic and neurological problems which most Americans suffer from on a daily basis, are finding solutions in the field of Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine views us all as being genetically different but biochemically unique. This personalized health care treats the individual, not the disease. It supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body, naturally, rather than attacking disease directly.