Elements of Functional Medicine
The knowledge base—or “footprint”—of Functional Medicine is shaped by six core foundations.
Gene-Environment Interaction: Functional Medicine is based on understanding the metabolic processes of
Upstream Signal Modulation: Functional Medicine interventions seek to influence biochemical pathways “upstream” and prevent the overproduction of damaging end products, rather than blocking the effects of those end products. For example, instead of using drugs that block the last step in the production of inflammatory mediators (NSAIDs, etc.), Functional Medicine treatments seek to prevent the upregulation of those mediators in the first place.read more