Benefits of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine is designed to identify and deal with the root cause of diseases not just the treatment of symptoms, unlike conventional medicine. Until recently, the healthcare has been focused on dealing with acute illnesses like pneumonia and tuberculosis. However, in recent times chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes have become too common to be ignored, and that is why functional medicine is a matter of great interest.
Functional medicine offers a whole different perspective on health that is potentially helpful. It uses a different yet practical approach and model to prevent and manage chronic and complex diseases. With functional medicine,the priority is to look into the wellbeing of the whole individual and not just the symptoms of diseases. Functional medicine appreciates the fact that symptoms manifested can be caused by multiple and different diseases which calls for a diverse and personalized approach when treating the patient as an individual depending on the causes.
Doctors spending a lot of time with their patients is what characterizes the practice of functional medicine. Besides discussing the patients’ medical symptoms,doctors uses this time to talk about a lot of things with their patients such as their lifestyle,diet,traumas,exercise patterns and any possible exposure to toxins. Afterwards,the doctor uses this information together with the patient to find out the underlying cause of illness. In figuring out the underlying causes of conditions and disease,the doctor will look at factors such as the lifestyle choices of the individual, possible exposure to toxins in the environment, activity, diet, and stress.
You can liken functional medicine to a map that is used to navigate the underlying factors that lead to the development of chronic conditions. In some cases of chronic diseases, the treatment of one imbalance is not enough. Obesity, for instance, may be caused by imbalances in exercise, diet, gut flora, hormones, exposure to toxins. Similarly hormones alone, as an imbalance, can cause many other conditions. The model and approach of the functional medicine is to study the imbalances and with the objective of balancing them and restoring lasting health of patients.
If you have visited a doctor, got treated and still felt sick then you should consider functional medicine. It is also good for someone who finds medication partially helpful or with side effects. Patients with cardiometabolic conditions such as diabetes, high, heart disease and blood pressure are also encouraged to try functional medicine. Attention deficit disorder, migraine headaches, depression or any other form of neurological and psychiatric conditions can be treated by functional medicine. Functional medicine is also recommended for the treatment of digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, skin disorders, and hormonal problems.