Is a Functional Medicine Doctor What You Need?

 Just like any other doctors, a functional medicine doctor receives proper training, but they have added training in holistic medicine. Their goal is not only to treat the symptoms of an illness, but also to get to the root of the problem.

Many doctors aren’t adequately trained to determine the underlying causes of some chronic diseases, like fibromyalgia, and how to apply strategies, such as supplementation, exercise and proper nutrition to improve and treat these diseases in their patients. Sadly, mainstream doctors don’t also obtain enough training in medical school about nutrition.

However, functional medicine doctors aim to get a more complete picture in order to determine the best course of treatment for their patients. They are very patient-oriented, approachable and spend a sufficient amount of time with their patients. These medical professionals take the time to talk to, listen and gather information about the history of their patients, including their lifestyle, environmental factors, genetic predisposition and a lot more that could influence the patient’s long-term health. What these health professionals do is to take each person as a unique individual, not a disease.

Functional Medicine is even called as ‘artisanal medicine’, because the practice involves patience, care and time.  Doctors here treat the individual who has the disease, instead of treating the disease the individual has.

So, if you are looking for a doctor who cares more about you, your well-being and overall quality of life more than anything else, then you definitely need a functional medicine doctor.

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