What is Functional Medicine?

WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?

Functional medicine is an integrative whole-system approach to health. It goes deeper to find the ‘root cause’ of disease.

What does this mean? We address the underlying reason why there is an imbalance or illness in the body.

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?

Our protocols are specific to the individual. We take into account:

  • Your immune type: Are you Th1, Th2 or Th17? This is fundamental to your recovery.
  • Your stress response.
  • A detailed medical history (including childhood illnesses, past infections, accidents, surgeries, medications etc)
  • Genetic variances.
  • Environmental & lifestyle factors.

WHY SHOULD YOU SEE A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER?

Chronically ill people often have multiple systems in the body which are affected. They are all interconnected, no system works alone and the reason behind the compounding issue is not always easily identified.

This is what functional medicine doctors are trained to do.

Traditional medicine usually deals with suppressing symptoms, not the reason why you developed them. Patients often stay on medications or supplements, but have difficulty getting off them, or the problem keeps coming back as the underlying problem is not addressed.

We prefer to listen to your body’s signs and symptoms and address the underlying cause.

When you do the right thing by the body, it tells you very quickly, usually in weeks to months, NOT years.

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