In the realm of healthcare, a revolutionary approach is making waves – functional medicine. If you've ever wondered how it works and what sets it apart, you're in for a treat. Let's start with the basics. Functional medicine is all about addressing the underlying causes of health issues, rather than just treating the symptoms. Imagine you have a mysterious leak in your house. Instead of just mopping up the water, you'd want to find the source of the leak and fix it, right? That's the core principle of functional medicine.
Over the last 20 years, I have practiced and studied alongside a brilliant, caring, and visionary group of clinicians and scientists assembled at the Institute for Functional Medicine. This organization birthed the term “Functional Medicine” over 30 years ago to describe a heuristic of applied systems-biology medicine and root-cause-analysis in clinical care. It is a beautiful way to practice.