what is functional medicine?

 
Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
— The Institute for Functional Medicine
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The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

If you’re looking for real solutions that get to the root of your problems, not just more medications that don’t really give you your health back, you’ve come to the right place.
— Aviva Romm, MD

Root cause

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions.

As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

Meet our functional medicine practitioner:

melinda choy, ceo, lac