What is Functional Medicine?
Root Cause Care:
Functional medicine is in essence the medicine of WHY? Its ultimate goal is to treat every person as an individual with a complex interaction of genetics, environment and lifestyle as well as to seek out the root cause of each person’s disease. It tires to determine the imbalance in the body, the root cause and influence one using lifestyle interventions such as nutrition, food, targeted supplementation, movement, relaxation, mindfulness, sleep among others. It is a partnership between the practitioner and the patient where together we determine your goals, aspirations and needs; working together towards your optimal health. Functional Medicine is a personalised approach that uses a systems oriented model aiming to empower you with the aid of your practitioner to achieve your highest expression of health.
Functional medicine practitioners are uniquely trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and apply strategies such as diet, exercise, sleep and rest to interrupt the cycle of chronic disease and prevent progression and or development of them in the first place.
Humans are all individuals first and foremost with unique genetics, environmental influences, social influences and biology. Treating all patients in the same manner simply is not working and functional medicine looks at chronic degenerative disease from a new perspective. For so long health care and medicine has been focusing on the symptoms of disease rather than the root cause of disease. Did you know that Diabetes and insulin resistance are not simply issues with glucose tolerance or blood sugar – but rather have multifactorial causes with many contributing elements such as dysregulated sleep, stress, a poor diet and much more.
Functional medicine is an integrative, science-based approach that looks ‘upstream’ to consider the complex web of interactions to determine each individual’s unique predisposing factors, triggering events and influences that contribute or perpetuate the symptoms and disease state. Functional/Lifestyle medicine looks at how a person eats, moves, rests, connects and thinks as well as a person’s environment, lifestyle, genetics and health history to investigate the whole person and address them as a complex interconnected web. The focus is on optimising one’s health and wellbeing rather than merely eliminating disease.
First and foremost, functional medicine is:
- Uncovers the upstream root causes of chronic degenerative disease
Functional Medicine enables practitioners and health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine, empowering patients to take an active role in their own health.
“Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” Hippocrates