What is Functional Medicine and How Does it Work?

Functional medicine is the hopeful future of the world of medicine. It aims in curing diseases that renders many people as crippled or dependent on medicines for the rest of their lives. It aims to improve the quality of life of people who believe themselves to be disabled in some way. More research and study should go into this field because, if developed enough, functional medicine could revolutionize the world of medicine as we know it. You could look up for more information on the most recent developments. In this article, we will cover the basics:

What is Functional Medicine?

The one main principle of functional medicine is that it views the body as one entity with a number of integrated systems. Thus, it aims to cure entire systems and their connected areas of ailments instead of just treating a single disease.

Medicine nowadays is usually able to cure symptoms of underlying, chronic illnesses and acute diseases. Therefore, there are many illnesses that we face which act like the first domino in an entire series. After a single malfunction of one system, we tend to keep getting more and more vulnerable instead of becoming stronger or restoring ourselves.

What the current vision of medicine fails to do is restore the body to its previous, perfectly well formed. For example, take a condition like About Diabetes (high blood sugar) or Hypertension (high blood pressure). Once contracted, these illnesses stay with you forever. You need to be dependent on medicine to suppress the symptoms only; the illness itself does not go away.

How Does Functional Medicine Work?

Functional medicine focus on the whole patient as an ill entity instead of just focusing on the disease the patient has contracted. It aims to understand the ill person by taking all aspects into account. This includes the environment that he or she has been raised in, the lifestyle of the person, the genetic makeup of the person, the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of the person in question, the origin and spread of the disease and how to cure it in a way that it focuses on the individual needs of the patient.

For functional medicine to be successful, a patient must just be treated by a combination of drugs or just one kind of therapy. Instead, the patient will be asked to focus on his or her nutrition, they will be given a specific workout routine, herbal and botanical supplements, different kinds of therapy and spiritual healing, psychological assistance in combination with a number of drugs that the patient can be cured with.

What this tells us is that functional medicine wants to take all sorts of therapy that has been known to have a healing effect on patients and integrate it into one form of futuristic medicine. Even though it is in its early developmental stages, we hope that in the coming decades, functional medicine can really revolutionize medicine as we know it.


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