The Institute for Functional Medicine states: “Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual”.

This definition came about as an evolution of the term “alternative medicine” which was never a satisfactory term, as it implied medicine that was an alternative to something, rather than an addition to existing practices.

“Complementary medicine” was the best term when The Center for Complementary Medicine opened in 1988, illustrating that different methods of healing are complementary with a combination of modalities often required.

Subsequently, Andrew Weil, MD came up with the term Integrative Medicine, which is a valuable way of thinking about it, bringing in all the therapies and seeing how they integrate.

But, there was a gap. Functional medicine looks at how our body is functioning, taking in to account physiological, psychological, and emotional parameters, and leads us to an understanding of how the entire system is functioning (or not). At that point we can apply therapies based on what we know of an individual’s overall status, with a unique solution for each individual.

Dr Cohen started working in the field of functional medicine long before it had a name. His model started with yoga, breathing and meditation in 1980. He now often refers patients for acupuncture, different body therapies, energy work and other therapies and incorporates clinical nutrition, bio-medical testing, hormone therapies (using bio-identical hormones), classic homeopathy and other therapies in to his own practice.

You are invited you to read further about Functional and Integrative Medicine at these sites and please let us know if you have any questions about how Functional and Integrative Medicine can help you.

The Institute for Functional Medicine

Andrew Weil School of Integrative Medicine