Taken from The Institute for Functional Medicine’s website:

Functional Medicine (FM) asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
The FM model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. as a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.