IFM’s Six Principles of Functional Medicine

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.