Functional Medicine is an holistic, patient-centred approach to healthcare. It looks at how the environment, genetics and lifestyle choices interact and treats the patient as a whole, unique individual. It allows for true personalisation of healthcare by deep-diving into the root causes of ill health, and shifts the focus away from reactive medicine- treating established disease- to one of prevention. Where conventional medicine views the body as a series of organ systems largely separate from one another, Functional Medicine uses an approach which appreciates that our body works synergistically as a whole system. It treats the person who has the disease, not the disease the person has, and at its core is the engagement of the practitioner and patient in a therapeutic partnership.
Functional Medicine practitioners work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other allied health providers such as nutritional therapists and health coaches, to support patients on their journey back to wellness. This approach leads to profound, long-lasting outcomes for patients and greater satisfaction for practitioners.