What is Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine (FM) is a rapidly growing discipline that seeks to determine and address the root causes of illness and disease, instead of focusing on and managing only the symptoms. The discipline typically focuses on healing chronic disease states, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, infertility, diabetes, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and auto-immune conditions. FM also seeks to optimize health and vitality in individuals without a current chronic disease state.
FM aims not only to get patients healthy (symptom free), but to move them beyond that to a state of vitality and overall well-being. Where traditional Western medicine has evolved to work with the individual organs or organ systems in isolation, FM considers how these various organs and systems interact in illness and in health.
A typical FM treatment path starts with an in-depth analysis of your health history, diet, exercise, sleep, genetics, stress levels, and your nutrient and hormone status. This wealth of information is examined through a systems-lens, which allows the FM practitioner to begin addressing interrelated factors that are currently out of balance.
Individualised supplementation, nutrition, IV therapy, changes to your work and home environment, mindfulness-based practices, and exercise routines are all typically part of the initial stages of healing.
To this end, FM is also typically multi-disciplinary and includes supportive modalities that might not always be found in a traditional healthcare setting. However, your treatment plan is always individualized, and is based on your unique biochemistry and context. FM is ultimately a partnership, where you are supported and guided to take ownership and control of your health.
We Work With:
- Anxiety and depression
- Asthma and allergy
- Autoimmune conditions
- Cancer prevention and support
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Dermatological conditions (acne, eczema/psoriasis)
- Diabetes, pre-diabetes
- Elevated cholesterol and heart health
- Environmental and food allergies
- Female disorders (PMS, PCOS, menopause, infertility, libido)
- Gastrointestinal disorders (IBS/IBD/Reflux)
- Healthy aging
- Healthy weight and metabolism
- Hormone balance
- Male disorders (hair loss, libido)
- Migraines and headaches
- Thyroid and adrenal disorders