Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Functional Medicine: Health Without All the Pills

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Do you feel that taking pills doesn’t solve the underlying issue, and want to work with a practitioner who thinks the same way? Fortunately, a growing number of clinicians are practicing functional medicine (FM): an evidence-based clinical approach that addresses the environmental influences and imbalances that underlie disease—with the idea that when these are addressed, the body can return to its natural state of health and balance. The following content delves into FM’s guiding principles and general approach, to help you determine whether partnering with a FM practitioner is what you need on your journey toward healing and maintaining health.

Principles at-a-Glance

  1. The Textbook of Functional Medicine defines FM as the “prevention, early assessment, and improved management of complex, chronic disease by intervening at multiple levels to correct core clinical imbalances and thereby restore each patient’s functionality and health to the greatest extent possible.” FM is based on six core principles:
  2. Recognizing the individuality and genetic uniqueness of each human being
  3. Supporting a holistic, patient-centered—rather than disease-centered—approach to treatment
  4. Searching for a dynamic balance between body, mind, and spirit
  5. Acknowledging the interconnectedness of all internal body functions
  6. Seeing health as a positive vitality—not just the absence of disease
  7. Striving to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient

- See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/functional-medicine-whats-all-the-hype?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=CCL+160412&utm_campaign=Newsletter2016412#sthash.ZyJr0PjF.dpuf

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