Functional Medicine developed in the past 20 years and borrows much from the basic principles of Naturopathic Medicine. Functional Medicine is based on assessing each patients bodily terrain. This may include the use of specialty tests to analyze biochemistry/nutrient status, endocrine pathways, digestive function, toxicity, neurotransmitter balance, and cardiac health profiles individually. Functional laboratory testing has provided a means to measure and demonstrate individual biochemical aberrations in a quantifiable manner.
The asset of functional medicine is the distinct biochemically based laboratory testing it offers, providing patients with a tangible way to understand the science behind their individualized treatment recommendations. There are only a handful of laboratories in the world that provide this cutting edge information.