Functional medicine is often referred to the future of medicine. Why? Because it takes illness and its treatment to a completely new level. It should not be confused with alternative medicine, nor even integrative medicine. It is rather a systemic approach. Functional medicine, as the name reveals, sees human body as one unity, that functions in constant interaction with its different parts. According to its tradition you cannot treat people without understanding the role of each part, and how they link together with others. A bit like a car. You cannot drive a car with its wheel only. You need a full set of differents parts that functions in accordance for a car to run in an optimal manner. And you need a good mechanician to repair a car that doesn’t want to run at all.
Functional medicine does not dismiss traditional western medicine, but it goes much further. It exploits the newest scientifical data and research in many crossing fields, such as biology, micro biology, nutrition and nutrigenomics, sports science, psychology, neurology and occidental medicine. It also understands the important heritage of both chinese and ayurvedic traditions.
Functional medicine can also be considered holistic, as it takes note not only the most obvious symptoms and diagnosis, but also all physical, mental and spiritual conditions now and in the past. It doesn’t accept simple answers or a simplifying diagnosis, but wants to understand why, where and when the symptoms has arosen, what are they manifesting, and what might be hidden behind them. This makes functional medicine much more accurate than its occidental brother: It digs deep to find the roots, and aims the treatment to heal them, not the cause.