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Support Your Unique Expression of Health with Functional Medicine

Submitted by Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy

There seems to be some confusion about what functional medicine is and what it is intended to treat. Functional medicine focuses on addressing the underlying causes of disease utilizing a systems-oriented approach. It also relies on both the patient and practitioner engaging in a therapeutic partnership where the whole person is at the center rather than the disease or an isolated set of symptoms. In addition, functional medicine practitioners tend to spend more time with their patients, understanding their health histories and looking at other factors contributing to their overall health and wellness, including genetics, environment, biochemical and lifestyle factors.

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) states: “By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, functional medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.”

Why does functional medicine matter? Because statistics have shown that chronic diseases are on the rise with nearly 50 percent of all adults having at least one chronic health condition and 25 percent have two or more chronic diseases. Overall, this accounts for 86 percent of all healthcare costs, which is in the billions of dollars each year. Functional medicine is intended to be a powerful new operating system and clinical model that helps assess, treat and prevent chronic disease. Functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual being served by this powerful and effective form of medicine.

Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy is a functional medicine based pharmacy located at 508 W. 6th Ave., in Spokane. The ACHC accredited compounding pharmacy partners with area functional medicine practitioners and patients to help assess medications and optimize health. Their trained pharmacists provide guidance and education on medications, supplements and diet. To make an appointment with a pharmacist to evaluate your list of medications, contact 509-455-9345 or visit
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