What is Functional Medicine?
Herbal medicine and functional medicine have many of the same principles. They both seek the underlying causes of disease rather than simply suppressing symptoms. They focus on treating the individual rather than their disease. A holistic perspective which leads to profound and long lasting results.
Functional medicine is an evidence based practice. Which means that choices are made about treatment that are based on scientific evidence. Yet it emphasises the importance of diet and lifestyle rather than drugs and surgery. A practitioner may order comprehensive lab tests to aid in the diagnostic process. And is trained to interpret their findings and make recommendations accordingly, within their scope of practice.
Lab test results can often help to highlight health issues before symptoms become apparent. This can be important since early intervention can often mean that a disease can be prevented. And after all - prevention is better than cure.