What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine or (Advanced Clinical Nutrition ACN) ) is a systematic approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. One of the most important questions functional medicine practitioners will ask themselves and their patients is “Why are you experiencing these current symptoms or medical conditions?” ASTR provides the proper training that clinicians need to perform a proper evaluation, in order to find the root cause of the patient’s health problem. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing factors impacting an individual’s illness. By properly evaluating the patient with up to date medical research studies, patients will experience best outcomes.
For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation, hormonal imbalance, high toxicity level, poor diet, deficiency in one or combination of the following vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins etc. Advance clinical nutritionist (functional medicine practitioner) receive the proper training to evaluate the root cause of the depression or other condition. The precise evaluation and implementation of proper treatment plan and patient’s compliance with the program will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression and improve patient quality of life