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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: Treating the Cause Versus the Symptoms

The goal of Functional Medicine is to determine how and why illness occurs and restore health by addressing the root causes of disease. Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms, and the treatment plan is personalized. This science-based approach empowers patients and practitioners to work together to treat the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. Functional Medicine considers the genetic, physiological, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence health and disease. “The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.”  

References

https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine


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