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What is Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is the future of medicine – a whole systems approach that identifies and addresses the root cause of disease and not just individual symptoms. It views the body as one interconnected system. Functional Medicine looks at lifestyle factors such as sleep, stress, diet and movement and evaluates how and where changes need to be made. Often modifications to these factors improve multiple conditions in the body. The functional medicine approach is best suited for individuals committed to change, open to transformation, and willing to use their strength to not just exist, but to become closer to their best selves.

Picture a tree… a tree is dependent on the nutrients of the soil and water and it relies on a strong root structure for healthy foliage and strong branches. When the branches and leaves show signs of disease, the roots and soil are treated. If our body is the tree, one needs to look at our roots, branches and leaves. Sleep, nutrition, relaxation, movement and stress all contribute to lush, colorful leaves. When there is an imbalance symptoms appear. To treat just the symptoms without getting to the roots will not restore health. Functional Medicine looks to treat the “root” cause of symptoms.

As a coach I cannot diagnose or prescribe, but I can work in partnership with your health care providers and you to make lifestyle changes that will improve your health.

Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach

Tara Flannery