What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a personalised approach to health care. It incorporates the latest genetic science, systems biology and understanding of how the environment and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease. It is an evolution in healthcare that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
In contrast to conventional care, which often can focus too much on symptom suppression, without dealing with the cause of the symptom, functional medicine aims to eliminate symptoms by identifying and addressing the underlying cause of a problem.
We use your story, your history and your data to create the most complete picture of your health. With this information, we can provide a personalised plan for you to follow to achieve optimal wellness. The client is empowered, educated and encouraged to play an active role in the healing process.
Functional imbalances are the precursors to the signs and symptoms by which we detect and label (diagnose) organ system disease. Improving balance – in the patient’s environmental inputs and in the body’s fundamental physiological processes – is the precursor to restoring health and it involves much more than treating the symptoms.
How is functional medicine different?
Functional medicine is:
Patient centered care: The focus of Functional Medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
Preventative: promoting health as a positive vitality rather than simply the absence of disease. Tests and treatments are designed to promote optimal function, prevent poor health and improve quality of life.
Integrative: combines the best of both traditional Western medical practices using the latest laboratory testing and what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise.
Investigative: practitioners take time with their clients to understand the complex web of interactions in their history, physiology and lifestyle that can lead to illness. Symptoms are addressed by looking for any underlying causes of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer lasting results.
Holistic: treats the body as an interconnected whole, and recognises the importance of these connections in health and disease.
Safe: programmes have mild or no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve spontaneously.
Participatory: the client is respected, empowered, educated and encouraged to play active role in their own healing process.
What conditions may benefit from functional medicine?
Functional medicine practitioners recognise that in order to support one part of the body, all of the other parts must also be considered. This is why practitioners are able to support such a wide variety of health problems, including:
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Autoimmune disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic sinusitis
- Elevated cholesterol
- Environmental and food allergies
- Hormonal imbalances
- Interstitial cystitis
- Migraines and headaches
- MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
- Overweight and obesity
- Thyroid disorders
- Digestive disorders (IBD, IBS, GORD/Reflux)
- Metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance
- Female health (PMS, Menopause, Infertility, PCOS)
Lab Testing is available for many ailments, which can be discussed during your consultation.