Functional medicine – Functional medicine represents an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease centered focus of medical practice to a more patient centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners are often medical doctors (MDs) that were educated and trained as conventional Western medicine physicians, but who have elected to expand their practices by spending extra time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Functional medicine focuses on wellness and health optimization through nutrition, diet, homeopathy, acupuncture and exercise, use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques, and combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.