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Functional medicine 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 requires 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. It is a biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of diseases.

California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) is cofounded by Sunjya Schweig, MD, who is one of our 20+ practitioners. Dr. Schweig and the team uses cutting-edge diagnostic tools to find the problem, and nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, stress management, detoxification, lifestyle changes, and — only in some cases when necessary — prescription medications to eliminate triggers and restore proper function and balance.

As one of the most reputable organizations in this field, Institute for Functional Medicine, illustrates graphically, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.

You can discover and connect with functional medicine doctors on syncH.

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Aras Toker

Aras Toker

Crohn's Disease survivor, lifehacker, people connector, soccer fan, passionate about holistic medicine, believer in mind-body-soul connection