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