Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease. It’s using a systems-oriented approach and engaging not only patient but also practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is 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. FM addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories. They look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.