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26Jul

What is Functional Medicine?

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“Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.“

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

Functional Medicine is an approach to health care that conceptualizes health and illness as a part of a continuum in which all components of the human biological system interact dramatically with the environment, producing patterns and effects that change over time.

Functional Medicine helps clinicians to identify and improve dysfunctions in the physiological and biochemistry of the human body as a primary method of improving patient health. Chronic disease is almost always preceded by a period of declining function in one or more of the body’s systems. Restoring health requires reversing (or substantially improving) the specific dysfunctions that have contributed to the disease state. Each patient represents a unique, complex and interwoven set of environmental and lifestyle influences on intrinsic functionality (their genetic vulnerabilities) that have set the stage for the development of disease or the maintenance of health.

To find out more about Functional Medicine call Dr. Loy Anderson at Thriven Functional Medicine at 406- 205-8100 or visit them online at - thrivenfunctionalmedicine.com

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