What is Functional Medicine and Why Do We Need It?
Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
- Functional medicine practitioners are able to spend more time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
- The number of people with chronic diseases and disorders have increased, and this requires a whole person approach, instead of only the acute-care system of medicine that most physicians are trained in and practice.
- Functional Medicine physicians are trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses and their patients.
How Is Functional Medicine Different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of the functional medicine approach include:
- Patient Centered Care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health is a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
- An Integrative, Science-based Health Care Approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream ” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness.
- Integrating Best Medical Practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or ” integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combination of drugs and/or evidence based supplements, therapeutic diets, or stress- management techniques.
We can help children with the following issues:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Abdominal pain
- Food Sensitivities
- Chronic pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Chronic Constipation
Information about cost and scheduling
Duke IM accepts most major insurance carriers. Please contact Guest Services if you have any additional questions.
To make an appointment or find out more information about the services we offer please call Guest Services 919-660-6826.