The functional/integrative medicine approach is a holistic healthcare model which considers the physical, mental, and spiritual health of a patient in order to identify and treat diseases and disorders. With this approach, all aspects of a patient’s well-being are addressed and considered which allows the practitioner and the patient to form a partnership. As partners in health, the patient and their healthcare provider can make and achieve goals with healing in mind.
This healthcare philosophy has a unique approach to the identification and treatment of diseases and disorders. With functional/integrative medicine the treatment of health problems is focused on identifying and treating the root cause of the disease or disorder. Functional/integrative health practitioners investigate all possible root causes in order to select appropriate treatments.When selecting treatments and health interventions, both traditional and alternative methods are considered. An important aspect of this healthcare philosophy is the belief that natural and less invasive therapies should be utilized when possible.