Once the practitioner has accumulated all of the necessary information and received the results from any laboratory testing, they will ask for your help in designing a treatment plan. This method of planning is empowering for both the practitioner and patient alike and allows a freedom of choice that is rarely seen in conventional medicine.
Most health issues can be successfully treated as long as the right causes are identified. For many people, there is a complete restoration of their health and vitality. For others, they see significant improvement in their symptoms. And for a small group of patients, the goal is to ensure that their symptoms or disease do not get any worse.
The treatment plan you help design will include making some changes in your lifestyle so that you are adhering to the Foundation Principles mentioned above.
- What you eat
- Your level of physical activity
- How you deal with stress
- Your mental and emotional happiness
- Your exposure to potentially toxic substances
- Your spiritual happiness
In addition to lifestyle changes, Functional Medicine treatments may include botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and/or medical drugs.