Functional medicine shifts the traditional disease-focused approach towards a patient-centered approach. Functional medicine is also both preventative and individualized. When treating chronic disease, functional practitioners acknowledge a patient’s biochemical individuality and involve patients in their healthcare plan. This gives the patient more power and control of their own health. Functional doctors recognize the importance of not only drug treatments, but dietary, lifestyle, emotional, and social impacts on health and disease. This approach values the long-term health of the whole person.
A large proportion of the cases we see at Denver Integrative Health fall into the following categories: mental health, immune health, digestive health and hormonal health. Within those categories, these are examples of conditions that can be helped with functional medicine.