Functional medicine is a bridge between Chinese medicine practitioners, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, nurses, and medical doctors. Therefore, diagnostics and treatment approaches will vary widely.
Many do not require you to be in their office, offering phone and virtual consults, whereas a Chinese medical practitioner will emphasize the physical exam to assess the body, pulse and tongue.
MD’s can easily order diagnostic testing, or prescribe medication. Whereas the more holistic practitioner will focus on diet, lifestyle and botanical therapies first. But many MD’s are now just as holistic. Which is wonderful!
Regardless of what the functional medicine practitioner’s background is, their goal is to determine what mechanisms in the patient’s body are dysfunctioning, causing their symptoms or disease.
Initially they will thoroughly evaluate a patient’s history and current presentation, order diagnostic testing, and outline a treatment plan focusing on diet and lifestyle. Once the testing is back, they will review the results and outline a personalized treatment plan.