The use of the word "functional" is key to understanding the integrative medical approach. The Natural Path to Wellness offers many tests or assessments to determine how the body or organ is currently functioning, or working, as compared with normal, healthy functioning. Functional tests help determine how the body is functioning as opposed to other medical test and imaging tools, which measure pathological breakdown and disease.
Functional Testing for Prevention
Functional changes occur long before disease is manifested, so functional testing becomes an early warning test for disease which is ideal for prevention-oriented physicians and patients concerned about finding the root cause of their problem. Functional medicine searches for the underlying imbalance, or root cause, which can contribute to illness or chronic disease. If you have an imbalance, it can affect your body in many ways.
Diagnostic Functional Testing
Functional Medicine involves special diagnostic Functional Testing, lab tests often covered by insurance, to identify and correct imbalances in the brain and body chemistry. These lab tests may uncover:
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Detoxification and Bio-transformational imbalances
- Immune imbalances
- Inflammatory imbalances
- Digestive, absorptive and microbiological imbalances
- Structural imbalances
Imbalances such as these may be early symptoms of disease or barriers to wellness.