Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. 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.
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.
By applying strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. The focus of functional medicine is patient-centered, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to my clients and learning his or her story, Dr. Emma brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address your unique needs.