Definition of functional medicine in US English:

functional medicine


  • Medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.

    ‘you don't have to have a disease to benefit from functional medicine’
    • ‘Conventional medicine treats the signs and symptoms while functional medicine works on finding the underlying causes of your health care challenge.’
    • ‘Utilizing a unique blend of allopathic, biological and functional medicines, Rhonda successfully guides her patients to maximize their outcomes when choosing complementary therapies.’