Functional Medicine is a patient centered, integrative, science-based health care approach that addresses
the root causes of disease engaging both the patient and the physician in a therapeutic partnership. It is geared at addressing the whole person versus a patient’s symptoms. Functional medicine physicians spend extended time with their patients listening to their histories and evaluating the interactions among environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors in order to get a broad picture of the forces influencing a patient’s health. Deliberately working to restore the body to its natural balance and health functional medicine practitioners often combine conventional western medical practices with such things as nutrition, diet, exercise in order to manage stress, detoxify and cleanse the body and restore it to its natural state of health and vitality.