Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for chronic illness. Evaluating organ and systems functions rather than looking for a specific disease is a basic principle of functional medicine. Functional medicine lab tests may examine blood, hair, stool, urine, or saliva. These tests check your nutritional status, digestive function, allergies, detoxification ability, inflammatory response, immune system function, regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters, and more.
It is an excellent way of gaining the information necessary to reverse acute and chronic disease. Most imbalances in functionality can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved. – See more about “Working with a Functional Medicine Practitioner”.