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. It enables us, as Practitioners to uncover the root causes of patient illness, opening the door to true healing, rather than suppressing the symptoms with drugs.
This new model of medicine is neither “conventional” nor “alternative.” It is a combination of the best elements of both, and it represents the future of medicine. Functional medicine is:
- Investigative. It aims to eliminate symptoms by identifying and addressing the underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results.
- Holistic. Envisions the body as an interconnected whole that is in dynamic relationship to its environment and recognises the importance of these connections in health and 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.
- Patient-centered care. It treats the client, not the disease. Plans are highly individualised based on the clients needs.
- 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.
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 cleint’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.
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 diseases
- 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, GERD/Reflux)
- Metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance
- Female health (PMS, Menopause, Infertility, PCOS)
Laboratory Testing is available for many ailments, which is discussed during your consultation.