Functional medicine patients typically meet the following criteria:

  1. The patient understands the functional medicine approach, the scope of functional medicine offered by their functional medicine provider and the potential benefits to the patient.
  2. The patient understands both the short-term and long-term costs of functional medicine services.
  3. The patient is willing to make diet and lifestyle changes and is interested in embracing issues related to mindfulness, including their mental and spiritual well being.
  4. The patient is willing to pay for the functional medicine services recommended by their functional medicine provider, which are often in addition to traditional medicine costs including health insurance premiums.
  5. The patient is able to consistently implement the changes sought by their functional medicine provider.
  6. The patient is able to afford the the costs associated with functional medicine services, including supporting changes to diet and lifestyle.

It is important to remember that functional medicine takes a holistic approach to the body’s organs and systems, which means that all of the patient’s actions impact their health. Varying from a functional medicine treatment plan in seemingly insignificant ways can jeopardize any benefits of the plan, so it is important that patients are compliant, (which is also true of traditional medicine treatment plans).

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