In recent times, functional medicine has become more mainstream, this may be attributed to voices like Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Frank Lipman who are placing more emphasis on discovering more benefits and advantages of functional medicine in place of traditional medicine.
Functional Medicine is still generally unknown to the public partly due to the fact that the term and field of Functional Medicine tends to be quite different from conventional medicine.
This, you would come to understand better as you read along.
Many individuals in our society suffer various complex and chronic diseases ranging from allergies, digestive, hormonal, metabolic and neurological challenges among others and the system of medicine practiced by many physicians is geared towards acute care in need of urgent treatment. Hence, this involves the diagnosis and treatment of the illness in a short duration.
Traditionally, a medical doctor uses drugs as therapeutic tools to treat diseases such as low thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and many others, and the standard model of care is generally all the same.
Medical practitioners would usually follow the same standard procedures of diagnosing a disease and then match the disease with a suitable corresponding drug. This is the standard procedure for acute diseases such as infections, trauma, and emergencies but this approach of medicine lacks the proper tools for preventing and treating complex and chronic diseases, hence the conception of functional medicine.
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of a disease as it seeks to identify and address the root causes of diseases. It views the body as a whole and integrated system and not just a collection of individual organs. Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine because it evolved from a disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach. It also ensures that the general well-being of the person is diagnosed and not just some set of symptoms as it takes into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual and also considers factors such as the environmental exposures to toxins, and the aspects of today’s lifestyle which directly influences the rise of chronic diseases in the society.
Practitioners of functional medicine carry out detailed research and various vital questions about their patients in order to effectively treat the chronic diseases, and they also look at the interactions among the patients genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that could influence long-term health and complex, chronic diseases.
In conclusion, Functional Medicine seeks to discover the root cause or mechanism involved with any loss of function in a person and this ultimately reveals why a set of symptoms are present in the first place, or why the patient has a particular disease label and in due time.
Functional medicine due to its broader approach towards health challenges may soon enough become the order of the day.