Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine –  Treating the cause

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Functional medicine is personalised medicine. The purpose is to find out why you have certain symptoms. The second part to this is maintaining health and preventing disease. 

 

 

Functional medicine looks at:
– Biochemical individuality of the patient
– Patient-centred medicine – it emphasises “patient care” rather than “disease care”
– Dynamic balance – of internal and external factors.
– Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – the human body functions as an
network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously.
– Health is a positive vitality – it is not merely the absence of disease.
– Promotion of organ reserves – as the means to ensure optimal health for as long as possible.

Functional medicine examines the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions.

Imbalances in the body can be caused by diet, nutrients, exercise, lifestyle and trauma. We are different not just in our genetics but also our attitudes and beliefs. This affects our healing.

 

The physiology in our bodies can be categorised into the following areas:

  1. Transformation of food into energy
  2. Repair
  3. Maintenance of structural integrity from a cell level
  4. Elimination of waste
  5. Protections and defence
  6. Transport and circulation

Functional medicine takes the whole into account and understands that every organ and system of the body is closely connected.

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