What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and the treatment of complex, chronic disease.
— The Institute for Functional Medicine

The terms Functional medicine, alternative medicine,and/or integrative medicine are interchangeable. They all address the "whole person" rather than just the symptoms being presented. Each and every one of us is as individual as a snowflake. None of us has the same generic background or the identical make-up.  None of us have the same background story and history. Who are we, where and how did we grow up, what kinds of physical events shaped our lives up until now, what symptoms do we have, what medical and emotional issues have affected our lives, how do we respond to stress, what are our sleep patterns -just a few of the many questions functional medicine doctors address while figuring out the best approach for “you” to begin healing.

 By taking in account the patient's medical history, environment, and lifestyle and combing this information with bio chemistry tests, Dr. Costa can consider the long-term health goals of her patients as well as any current chronic medical issues.