What is Functional Medicine?

By Esther Sears, MSN, FNP, AOCNP

Functional Medicine is a science-based approach to understanding the origin, prevention and treatment of disease.  The practitioner seeks to gain understanding of the root causes of disease for each individual by considering their unique history, lifestyle and genetics, focusing on the whole person rather than an isolated set of symptoms.  Both conventional and integrative medicines are employed with an emphasis on diet and lifestyle interventions.

Functional Medicine practitioners ask “Why?” rather than just label and prescribe.  People are often given diagnosis’ of irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and a host of other things along with a prescription but no real information on what they can do to decrease the disease burden or even possibly reverse it.  Using a functional medicine approach, we uncover the root causes of disease and create an individualized plan of care to begin to restore health.

Health is not just the absence of disease.  It is about feeling your best physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally and living life to the fullest.  Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Make the most of yourself, for that is all you have”.

Here are some things to think about when considering your own health:

  1. Am I as healthy as I would like to be?
  2. If I change nothing, what will things look like for me in 5-10 years?
  3. Do I have the energy to play with my kids/grandkids or to do the things I want to do?
  4. How important is my health to me?

If you would like help in achieving your best health, contact us at 208-338-0405  for an appointment today.  For more information go to the Institute of Functional Medicine.