What is Functional Diagnostic Medicine?

Functional diagnostic medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of a patient’s health concern rather than only addressing isolated symptoms. It is based on the evidence that lifestyle habits are major contributors to chronic disease, and is highly patient-specific investigative medicine that takes a holistic perspective in understanding genetic, biological, metabolic, environmental, social, and lifestyle factors that are responsible for the current functional state of the body. Functional diagnostic medicine is often utilized to address chronic disease and health concerns, but it is also utilized by well patients for prevention – to support lifelong health; to promote healthy longevity and wellbeing.

Functional diagnostic medicine and conventional medicine (also called allopathic or Western medicine) are both modern medical approaches used by clinicians to address health concerns. The difference between using the lens of conventional medicine or using the lens of functional diagnostic medicine is in the details. Functional diagnostic medicine is a patient specific modern approach that addresses functional imbalances underlying your concern – in addition to relieving your symptoms.

 

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