Functional Medicine is a science-based patient centred healthcare approach which aims to understand the “how and why” of illness by looking at the root causes of symptoms as opposed to suppressing and managing symptoms. It is aimed at those with ongoing chronic and/or debilitating (as opposed to acute) health conditions and by working together with clients developing personalised programmes based on their specific needs and requirements, enabling them to restore health.
The Functional Medicine model looks at the cumulative negative effects of stress to the individual over their lifespan (called the “allostatic load”) such as diet, environmental toxins and stress and provide personalised programmes to help redress biochemical imbalances. These imbalances which may be for example gastro-intestinal (gut) imbalances or sex hormone imbalances will impact individual clients’ symptoms and imbalances.
A functional medicine practitioner works by analysing the following in each client:
By developing an understanding of an individual’s health journey and how they have arrived at their current health state, the practitioner can organise seemingly disparate issues into a complete story of an individuals’ health status and correct these imbalances to restore health.
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