Functional medicine is a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing and treating chronic disease. It addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems-orientated approach, engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By shifting the traditional disease-centred focus of medical practice to a more patient-centred approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. This approach leads to therapies that focus on restoring health and function, rather than simply controlling signs and symptoms.