Functional Medicine Charlotte promotes wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease.The "underlying factors" are the Cause of the patient's health issue(s). Mainstream medicine treats the patient's symptoms. Treating symptoms does not promote health, it promotes disease by giving the patient a false sense of health by eliminating conscious experience of symptoms. Meanwhile, the Cause continues to grow and snowball beneath the surface.
Symptom-Focused Care has been a large contributor to the Pandemic of Chronic Disease in the US. Chronic disease, by definition, is a disease that is preventable and/or reversible. According the the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, "Chronic Diseases, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, affect approximately 133 million Americans. These often-preventable health problems ultimately lead to 70 percent of the deaths in our country each year...The good news is that we can stop and even reverse this trend."
Medications are not the answer to stopping and reversing Chronic Disease. The answer is a comprehensive approach to assessing the patient's health picture and eliminating the Cause from many angles:
A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment*
Most imbalances in functionality can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved.
Prevention is paramount. Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality.
Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on the patient’s health.Functional medicine practitioners are holistic doctors who examine a wide array of available interventions and customize a treatment plan including those with the most impact on underlying functionality.
Functional medicine expands the clinician’s tool kit. Treatments may include combinations of drugs, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs. They may also include counseling on lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.
The patient becomes a partner. As a patient, you become an active partner with your functional medicine practitioner. This allows you to really be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of disease.