Through a systems-oriented outlook, functional medicine strives to address the underlying causes of diseases and disorders. Most medical practices tackle health issues through a disease-focused outlook; functional medicine follows a patient-centered approach that addresses the patient as a individual – not just the symptoms. In general, you';ll find that functional medicine practitioners spend an increased amount of time with patients, focusing on a patient';s history and genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that impact their current and long-term health. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, mental illness and autoimmune disorders are on the rise. Most physicians practice a type of medicine that focuses on the care of these conditions, as well as other traumas or illnesses that are of short duration and need to be urgently addressed – such as a broken arm or severe stomach pains. Drugs and surgery are often recommended as immediate fixes for these problems.While urgent and immediate care of such acute conditions certainly has it';s time and place, functional medicine fills an important gap in health care by seeking to manage complex, chronic diseases. The acute-care approach to medicine does not usually account for an individual';s unique genetic makeup, exposure to environmental toxins, and other lifestyle influences that may play a heavy hand in the rise of such acute and chronic diseases.
- To schedule a consult with the Director of Functional Medicine at The Holistic Wellness Center please call: 704-308-2557
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