Functional Medicine Archives | Ann Shippy MD

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is a patient-centered approach to medicine. In Functional Medicine, the practitioner addresses the whole person, including genetic, lifestyle, environmental and family histories to find and treat the root cause, and shift the focus away from simply treating the symptoms.

The Institute for Functional Medicine defines it as “a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.”