Supporting optimal health and chronic health issues
If you are taking pills, living with symptoms or have been advised to consider surgery, you may wish to consider how a Functional Medicine approach might be able to support you and your condition. Typically, conventional medicine deals with management of the symptoms.
The Functional Medicine approach places emphasis on finding out where the disease came from and what might be keeping the symptoms going. It involves understanding the origins, prevention and management of complex, often chronic conditions.
Functional Medicine focuses on addressing the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-orientated approach, engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.
Patient-centered care: The patient is at the centre of the consultation, not just their symptoms. Practitioners promote health as a positive vitality and not just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and obtaining a detailed health history, we consider the complex web of interactions in the patients health, physiology, diet and lifestyle.
Integrating best evidence-based practice: Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medicine with complementary or integrative medicine. It creates a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise, supported by the latest laboratory testing, supportive supplement and therapeutic foods, eating programmes or stress-management techniques.
Connecting Nutrition applies the Functional Medicine approach and its principles in clinic. We look to understand overall well-being, lifestyle, what and how you eat, the work environment, relaxation, medical treatments, nutrient status. All these areas impact long-term optimal health.
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