What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a system of medicine focused on improving a patient’s health by improving the body’s function.
There are many generic recommendations made, such as:
- Improving the quality of food eaten
- Getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night
- Balancing sitting and moving
- Managing stress
But functional medicine really shines in its ability to assess a patient’s physiologic dyfunction via symptoms and functional diagnostic testing. The practitioner will create a personalized plan that includes:
- Specific diet
- Macronutrient ratios
- Caloric intake
- Botanical and supplemental protocols
- Prescription medication