EDUCATIONAL & MEDICAL / PARAMEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA
is a form of Westernalternative medicineunrelated to the Western biomedicalapproaches.It focuses on treating individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances anddysfunctions. Functional medicine seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease,and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs dividedup by medical specialties.Functional medicine practitionersprovidechronic care managementwith the belief that "diet,
nutrition, and exposure to environmental toxins play central roles in functional medicine because they may predispose to illness, provoke symptoms, and modulate the activity of biochemical mediators through a complex and diverse set of mechanisms."It was developed and originated by Dr. Helmut W. Schimmel.