What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine Tree

The UltraWellness Center states that “Functional medicine seeks to identify and address the root causes of a disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.”

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, functional medicine is changing the way people are viewing medicine in the United States. As our society sees the continued rise in the number of people suffering from chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer and autoimmune disorders, U.S. medicine is starting to change its model to look at the whole person, not just the symptoms he or she is experiencing at any given time.

Here are Sunlighten we are pleased to see the increase in popularity of functional medicine, which is right in line with our vision: To innovate wellness products and services that empower you to improve your quality of life. Sunlighten was founded by Jason Lincoln Jeffers, whose quest for healing ultimately led him to discover the benefits of infrared therapy. We still believe the future of our health as a nation and as a global community depends on natural, safe and non-toxic methods of healing promoted by functional medicine today. We feel so fortunate to be able to bring far infrared heat therapy as a natural healing alternative to so many of our customers.

Mark Hyman Functional Medical Practitioner

One of our customers (and great partners in health!) is functional medical practitioner Dr. Mark Hyman, MD. A practicing family physician, Dr. Hyman is an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator and advocate in functional medicine. He is also the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine; the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center; and chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine.

In addition to owning a Sunlighten sauna and recommending them to his patients, Dr. Hyman’s book Ultrametabolism addresses the use of an infrared sauna as a means of practicing active relaxation to reduce stress and lose weight.

“Sunlighten improves circulation, helps with weight loss, balances blood sugar and improves detoxification,” said Dr. Hyman.

If you would like to learn more about functional medicine and how it can help you with preventive care, or to treat chronic and/or autoimmune-related disease, we have a fantastic list of partners in health for you to discover:

Or visit the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine Tree image courtesy of The Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Mark Hyman image courtesy of drhyman.com.

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