Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases/illnesses, functional medicine treats individuals who may have multiple bodily symptoms, imbalances, and dysfunctions caused by altered physiology (function). It’s a science-based, logical and natural way to become healthy again.
Visualize an iceberg. Named diseases such as diabetes, cancer, or fibromyalgia might be visible above the surface, and according to functional medicine, the cause lies in the altered physiology below the surface. Almost always, the cause of the disease and its symptoms is an underlying dysfunction and/or an imbalance of bodily systems.
Named diseases are just the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface, according to functional medicine, are the real causes of a patient’s health problems. Underlying causes include hormonal imbalances; inflammatory imbalances; detoxification imbalances; structural imbalances; immune imbalances; mitochondrial dysfunction; digestive, absorptive and microbiological imbalances; toxic chemical exposure; toxic emotions (anger, fear, resentment, etc.).
If healthcare treats just the tip of the iceberg, it rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, as functional medicine does, has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient’s health challenge.