There is now a practice called functional medicine that has come about because there is said to be unique healthcare needs of individuals in the 21st century.
The focus in functional medicine is on the underlying cause of the disease rather than treating just the symptoms of the disease, with the use of an approach that focuses on the systems and primary functions of the body’s systems. Practitioners in this mode of medicine will work in engaging the patient in a partnership with the goal of an overall better wellness and health.
In functional medicine, rather than just isolating the symptoms, the practitioners will concentrate on the whole individual. Thus, medicine is shifted from the traditional care of the sick to an approach that is more patient-centered. A great amount of time will be allotted with their patients while practitioners are listening to the histories, evaluating the environment, lifestyle and genetic factors of the patients, considering these play a role in the development of the patient’s chronic disease and affecting his or her long term health. It is the main objective of the practitioners, that in this manner of treatment, patients will have a higher engagement and vitality brought about by the unique experience in healthcare.
Functional medicine is said to be a needed in our present society and culture and several reasons are supporting this view.
First reason is the fact that chronic diseases is increasing now in number of diagnoses in our society. The chronic diseases cited are like hearth disease, diabetes, mental illness, cancer, and auto-immune conditions in the likes of rheumatoid arthritis. The traditional health care approaches are said to not have the ability to treat or prevent chronic diseases that are complex. The overall unique individuality of the patient is not taken into account generally in a traditional treatment, thus the environment for example that exposes us to toxins has not identified as a factor.
Thus, enumerated briefly below are some of the principles that differ functional medicine from that of the conservative approaches.
The first one is that functional medicine is a patient-centered healthcare where the whole patient is the main focus. Another aspect that differentiate functional medicine from other approaches is that it has a unique approach of a scientific and integrative healthcare approach. In functional medicine, doctors look into the causes of the sickness by taking into consideration all angles of the patient’s history, lifestyle and physiology.
In this practice, both alternative medicine practices and the traditional medical practices are brought together like a combination of pharmaceuticals medications, natural supplements, and others.