Functional medicine can be a powerful tool in treating chronic diseases
A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more.(1) Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear. About 15 million people in England have a long-term condition (2) of this nature.
Chronic diseases often emerge gradually over-time, and can impact in wide ranging ways on the patients, ranging from headaches to digestion issues to skin rashes, often making it difficult for the sufferer to see the underlying connection between these effects.
Functional medicine practitioners don’t focus on just a single symptom but instead evaluate the indicidual as a single system needing thorough analysis. They look for the underlying root cause of what can seem like unconnected symptoms and then treat the root cause itself. This approach can be successful in treating a wide range of chronic diseases and helping patients back to a healthier life. These include:
- Autoimmune disorders, including Crohn’s disease and Multiple sclerosis
- Artherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases