Put simply, a “functional disorder” is where a part of your body isn’t functioning properly, but no cause for this can be found under examination. It’s different from a “structural disorder”, where the cause can be observed, and a “psychosomatic disorder”, where the symptoms are caused by psychological problems. These specific definitions vary from field to field, but this is a basic explanation of what they mean.
Generally, the cause of functional disorders is not understood by conventional medicine, and the regular treatment will not bear these causes in mind – meaning it might not work at all. We have to approach it differently!
Holistic medicine is much more in tune with how to find functional symptoms, particularly when they are linked with a patient’s lifestyle and past experiences. Working with this in mind allows us to uncover the earliest origins of an illness, to treat it in the most effective way possible. When functional symptoms aren’t treated, they tend to intensify and manifest around the body in a most unpredictable way. However, when a doctor like ours is able to understand these functional symptoms, and make use of their practical knowledge of full body health, they will be able to come up with a customized strategy for treatment that can really make a difference.
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