6 Core principles of functional medicine

enhance the health span

Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the lifespan, of each patient. 

patient centered approach

Evidence supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach.

dynamic balance

Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit

positive vitality

Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, and emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology. 

biochemical individuality

An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness.


Interconnections of internal physiological factors.

what is functional medicine?

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual – Institute of Functional Medicine

Here is a video from Dr. Mark Hyman that gives a great overview of Functional Medicine! 

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