According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the prevalence of chronic diseases is anticipated to rise by 57% in 2020 and continuous rise in the subsequent years. This rapid rise has drawn everyone’s attention towards the form of treatment given to the patients to heal themselves from chronic diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid, and other autoimmune diseases. The question throws light at the conventional methods of the treatment given to patients to heal from these diseases and the reasons for a slower process of recovery. The slower process of recovery accompanied by lifelong medicines, the high cost of treatment, and dependency on healthcare have given a foundation for the growth of functional medicinal treatment in India. By simply reversing the trend of identifying the root cause of the disease over suppressing the disease & its symptoms and reducing the cost of treatment, Functional Medicinal treatment has carved out a niche for itself in the market.
According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, Functional Medicine is a crucial antidote to the dual problem of healthcare cost inflation and chronic dependency on the healthcare system. As healthcare costs become increasingly unsustainable, it is apparent the heart of the problem faced by patients and payers is the frequency with which costly disease management strategies are applied before exploring the potential of disease reversal. Rather than looking beneath the assortment of diagnoses to find the underlying causes of their health problems, patients with chronic conditions are encouraged to follow costly, often lifelong medication regimens and hope for occasional days of freedom from symptoms. Functional Medicine offers the potential for achieving unprecedented levels of health restoration and financial savings. By uncovering and addressing the underlying causes of the common conditions that afflict a growing number of people—autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and digestive issues, to name a few—Functional Medicine brings the potential to liberate patients from their dependence on costly medications that are not designed to address the root causes of their disease.
On one end where Functional medicinal treatment is health-oriented the conventional method of treatment is disease-oriented that requires the presence of a measurable disease or order for intervention. Functional medicinal treatment is patient-cantered where the focus is to empower wellness of the entire body over the traditional medicinal approach that is more inclined towards the expertise of the doctors. On one end where functional medicinal treatment is addressing the root cause of illness, the later traditional way seeks to identify symptoms and to eventually suppress it through medicines.
The growth of chronic diseases and its enormous corresponding cost attached to it has made the alternate choice of functional medicine much more favourable for Indians and therefore leaves a higher scope for growth in India. Furthermore the fact that the traditional healthcare model is not equipped to treat chronic illnesses that are caused by a result of multiple factors, most of which cannot be addressed through pharmacological experts also highlights the need for an alternate and much reliable structure for treatment. Lastly, the ‘patient-cantered approach of improving the overall wellness of patients over the traditional approach of focusing just on the symptoms and prolonging the life span of the illness has made a huge impact and a foundation for the growth of functional medicinal treatment in India.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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