IFM’s Six Principles of Functional Medicine

The Institute for Functional Medicine’s website (www.functionalmedicine.org) contains information on functional medicine, including the six principles, (www.functionalmedicine.org/files/library/six-core-principles.pdf).

  1. An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness;
  2. Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment;
  3. Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit;
  4. Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors;
  5. Identification of health as a positive vitality, (not merely the absence of disease), emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology;
  6. Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient.