Functional medicine is a form of holistic medicine, or a whole-body approach, that asks how and why illness occurs and restores patient health by addressing the root cause of disease for each individual. It is an individualized and patient-centered treatment approach that addresses the underlying causes of both your symptoms and disease, using a system-oriented approach.
One of the unique principles of functional medicine is that it acknowledges that each symptom and diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual illness. That means that one condition may have many causes and that one cause may be the result of different conditions. Functional medicine then works to address each cause and symptom to restore total health and optimal wellbeing to the patient.
Functional medicine differs from the traditional disease-centered focus of medicine to a more patient-centered approach. Practitioners of functional medicine spend a great deal of time getting to know their patients and understanding their condition to provide better treatment. They listen to patient history, look at the interactions between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can contribute to the condition of the patient such as disease. The treatment is then customized uniquely to that person. It is a form of healthcare that takes into account the individual patient’s preferences, needs, values, and ensures that the patient guides all clinical decisions.
Our goal is to work with you to find the root cause of your symptoms and disease, and not to just provide you with temporary relief, but to deliver a healthcare experience that focuses on you as an individual to reach your optimal health level. If you feel as though you are at a loss with traditional medicine methods and wonder if functional medicine is right for you, please contact our office today at (858) 925-8233 for more information or to schedule a consultation.