"Traditional western medicine places its focus on treating the symptoms of a disease. Functional medicine focuses on the root cause of the disease. We want to find out what is causing that individual to have those symptoms, then work with that. It is a simple case of cause and effect, if you treat the cause you will see an effect on the symptoms of that cause.
It is also important to remember that you visit a doctor when you have a disease, you can see a functional medicine practitioner for prevention as well as treatment."
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
The Institute for Functional Medicine is the world leading education in the area of medicine and science. I am proud to have studied under and learnt from many of the doctors featured in this video where they explain what functional medicine is. They are leaders in their field from all over the world and that is why I will continue my studies with them. I am on their 'Find a Practitioner' list to help you find a qualified practitioner and you can read my profile with them here.
Functional medicine is a personalised, preventative approach to chronic illness, by determining how and why
illness occurs and aims to restore health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. We look at biochemistry, cellular biology, pharmacology, genetics and so much more. Conventional medicine will treat the symptoms, you have a headache you take a paracetamol. Functional medicne treats the root cause. Why is the person getting a headache, sort that problem out they won't get headaches anymore.