What is Functional Medicine?

getting to the root cause

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How is Functional Medicine Different?

Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.
Hallmarks of a Functional Medicine approach include:

  • Patient-centered care. The focus of functional
    medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health
    as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
  • An integrative, science-based healthcare 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. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is
    considered, along with both internal (mind, body and
    spirit) and external (physical and social environment)
    factors that affect total functioning.
  • 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
    combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines,
    supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs,
    or stress-management techniques.

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 spend 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.

Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?

    • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in
      the number of people who suffer from complex,
      chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease,
      cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like
      rheumatoid arthritis.
    • The system of medicine practiced by most
      physicians is oriented toward acute care, the
      diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is
      of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as
      appendicitis or a broken leg.
    • Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine
      lacks the proper methodology and tools for
      preventing and treating complex, chronic disease.
    • There’s a huge gap between research and the way
      doctors practice. The gap between emerging research
      in basic sciences and integration into medical practice
      is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the
      area of complex, chronic illness.
    • Most physicians are not adequately 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
      in their patients.
Functional Medicine, Gettysburg, PA

About Us

Our mission is to make patients feel they are listened to and to help them find answers to their problems using a compassionate and wholistic approach.

Address: 963 Biglerville Rd Suite A
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: 717.420.2637

Email: hello@auramedicine.org

Our Services

We address the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. We care for the whole person using a mind, body spirit approach.

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