It is not. These are two directions that partially complement each other and suit different conditions. Functional Medicine is most effective when it comes to chronic disease, while standard medicine excels in the care of acute conditions. For a comparison between the two strategies, see below:
We believe that the most effective way to approach and correct chronic symptoms is to look for and address the root causes and to optimize diet and lifestyle. This often results in a greatly reduced need for pharmaceutical drugs in our patients. At the same time, practitioners, doctors and clinics strive to be up-to-date in research areas such as genetics, nutrition, systems biology and disease processes. Our therapists take the time to carefully review each patient’s history to develop an understanding of how lifestyle, genetics, and the environment interact in each individual’s case.
Functional Medicine is characterized by:
Longer consultations. In the consultations with patients, the therapists spend much longer time on each client than traditional doctor visits. We take the time to prepare, ask follow-up questions and examine to really understand the patient’s history, genetics, biochemistry, lifestyle, etc. Interventions and follow-ups usually continue until the patient has reached their health goals. Spending more time on each patient leaves room for empathy on our part.
Doctors, on the other hand, are often very pressed for time and report themselves that they are not able to devote the time they want to each patient.
Use of genetic and functional tests.
Tests are used to understand the patient’s unique physical composition and identify underlying causes. We use a variety of tools to understand where the problems may lie.
A combination of interventions is used to restore optimal health. These may include drug treatments, but may also include nutritional and lifestyle changes.
A method of collaboration between us and the patient. The patient can gain an understanding of themselves that will help them make the right choices and maintain optimal health in a way that is best for them and their physiology.
Is Functional Medicine only for people with chronic illness?
No. Functional Medicine can be used in many different ways. Not only to get sick patients back to health, but also to optimize physical and mental performance and to prevent future illness. We believe that Functional Medicine should be an integral part of the healthcare services of the future – both for the treatment and prevention of diseases.
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