Functional Medicine - How We Are Different
Dr. Harasha reserves his Functional Medicine services for special circumstances. He spends most of the time listening to the patient and uses an algorithmic computer program to help hone in on the necessary testing and treatment. This leads to far less expensive testing. He also spends a lot of face to face time with patients to develop a working relationship that will benefit in the long run by giving the patient what they need when they need it.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine (FM) addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, FM addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
FM practitioners spend more time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and the management of complex, chronic disease.
FM practitioners often utilize innovative laboratory procedures and algorithms to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine that empowers patients to take an active role in influencing their unique expression of health and vitality.
Interventions may be passive and involve receiving a therapy in the office. However, they are more commonly active, and involve changes in diet, lifestyle, environment, ability to cope with stress, and nutritional or herbal supplements. In some more severe cases a referral to a medical doctor for pharmaceutical intervention is needed.