During this time of an unprecedented global pandemic, IFM is dedicated to providing both patients and practitioners with reliable resources for dealing with the spread of COVID-19. We will continually update this page with the latest news, resources, and links representing the Functional Medicine perspective on prevention, testing, treatment, and recovery from COVID-19.

Prevention and Treatment

Practitioner

The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Virus-Specific Nutraceutical and Botanical Agents
In this context of insufficient evidence regarding the prevention and treatment of  COVID-19, the scope of this document is to assess the scientific plausibility of promising prevention approaches and therapeutic (nutraceutical and botanical) interventions and then to offer clinical recommendations.

Patient

Boosting Immunity: Functional Medicine Tips on Prevention & Optimizing Immune Function During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak
With the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in the news, The Institute for Functional Medicine would like to remind you that there are several steps you can take to reduce your chances of being exposed to respiratory viruses and to boost your immunity in the event of exposure. The following information outlines what you can do to help keep yourself and your family safe.

Practitioner

The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Additional Research on Nutraceuticals and Botanicals
This document assesses the scientific plausibility of additional nutraceutical and botanical agents that may be considered for prevention or treatment of COVID-19, including beta glucans, mushrooms, Chinese skullcap, and licorice.

Resilience and Lifestyle

Patient

Good Sleep Hygiene May Help Protect Against Infectious Diseases
Public health concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in local communities is causing anxiety on a global scale. It may even be affecting your sleep at night. Anxiety is a leading cause of sleep dysfunction, and not getting enough rest may have negative effects on your health.

Practitioner

The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Nutrition and Lifestyle Practices for Strengthening Host Defense
This document outlines research on how modifiable lifestyle factors can help prevent infection and reduce the effect of infection if and when it may occur. It also includes a link to patient education tools.

Patient

Top 6 Strategies for Managing Stress Around Infectious Disease
Staying informed about the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that you can take to protect your health and the health of your loved ones is critical. Reports often contain words like outbreak, pandemic, and quarantine that can stir up a lot of anxiety—and even panic. Growing uncertainty about the virus’s impact in the US has many people feeling worried or stressed. While the concern is warranted, it detracts from what is most important: staying healthy.

Practice Considerations

Practitioner

The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Helping Functional Medicine Practices Achieve Their Duty to Serve
This resource presents a menu of the most essential tools to maintaining or reinvigorating your Functional Medicine practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, including: implementing telehealth tools, providing Functional Medicine episodes of care, making the back office work, and communicating with patients and the public.

Treatments & Testing

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Assessment of Accuracy, Analytical and Clinical Validity of Lab Testing
In order to ensure clinical validity, one must ask a number of questions about the validation process of lab testing. View and download the laboratory request for information one sheet.

Practitioner

The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Primer on SARS-CoV-2 Testing
This document includes a deep dive into the biology of SARS-CoV-2 testing and will serve as a resource for important testing related information, including identification of the best test for your patient, clinical review of what the test results actually mean, and much more.