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It turns out that the phrase “functional medicine” pretty much explains itself. Joel Evans, an OB-GYN and the founder and director of the Center for Functional Medicine in Stamford, Connecticut, explains that functional medicine is all about comprehending and improving how the body functions. As function issues are the primary cause of illness, “what we do first is understand how and why illness occurs, and then we restore health by addressing the root causes of disease that are personalised and specific to each person.”
When people experience symptoms that conventional medicine is unable to diagnose, functional medicine is fantastic, Evans continues. “Many of us in the field say that our best cases are when patients have undergone a thorough medical examination and their doctor says they are unable to identify the cause of their symptoms. We excel in those situations.
Functional medicine is a “bridge between medicine and wellness,” according to Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of the Global Wellness Institute, who recently organised a symposium on the subject in Bangkok, Thailand. According to Ellis, the functional medicine approach to treatment can give patients a greater sense of control over their sense of wellbeing. People are using the internet to learn more, she claims. They are not subject to the whims or mercy of what their doctor advises them.
Why explore functional medicine?
According to the CDC, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol account for 70% of all fatalities in the country. According to Evans, the majority of people who are drawn to functional medicine want to find a way to deal with these problems without taking medication and dealing with its long-term side effects. He adds that individuals frequently seek out functional medicine when their primary care physician is unable to diagnose a cluster of symptoms they are experiencing.
People with such underlying conditions are more susceptible to more severe illnesses in this Covid era. Functional medicine promises to aid patients in recovering from these conditions, primarily by changing their diet and way of living. The pandemic, according to Ellis, “was a springboard that gave functional medicine a lot of momentum.”