What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

It is a new paradigm in healthcare that seeks to improve health and wellness through a holistic approach. Using the latest evidence and modern biomedical testing along with lifestyle medicine and functional nutrition, it aims to increase the bodies innate ability to heal by addressing the body as a whole interactive system and not just individual symptoms. With a deep understanding of physiology and an understanding that each person has their own unique biochemical individuality, it can help correct the true underlying cause of dysfunction and get you back to the health and vitality you deserve!

How Functional Medicine is Different

  • Evidence-Based Interventions utilising the latest approaches in personalised medicine such as genetics and the microbiome
  • Addresses the whole person and their individual physiology from a systems biology approach to address the underlying causes of dysfunction
  • Utilises holistic and natural approaches from lifestyle and environmental medicine and functional nutrition
  • Focuses on preventive and regenerative medicine instead of reactive medicine

How Functional Medicine Can Help You

Functional Medicine offers a new approach to difficult and chronic conditions. Conventional Medicine often fails to address these conditions because they look to mask symptoms instead of treating the underlying dysfunction. Chronic conditions are especially difficult because they are multivariable and require addressing many aspects of health: Genes, Environment, Nutrition, Psychosocial and Spiritual – there is no 1 solution to address these. With a deep understanding of physiology and a close working relationship with patients, Functional Medicine offers new possibilities in addressing these conditions.

“Most chronic disease is preventable, and much of it reversible, if a comprehensive, individualised approach addressing genetics, diet, nutrition, environmental exposures, stress, exercise, and psycho-spiritual needs is implemented through integrated clinical teams based on emerging research”

Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Founder and Medical Director of UltraWellness Center, Chairman of the Board for the Institute for Functional Medicine

Typical Conditions Which Can Be Helped with Functional Medicine

  • Chronic and Persistent Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Gut Dysfunction
  • Hormonal Dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Infections
  • Performance or Athletic Optimisation

What is Involved with Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine focuses on developing a therapeutic relationship which puts you at the centre focus as an active participant in improving your health. The practitioner will assist and guide you after completing a thorough intake involving a health and lifestyle questionnaire, physical examination, and laboratory testing.

The initial appointment will help develop a deeper understanding of the underlying cause(s) to your condition(s) specific to you.

What’s Included

  • Up to 1.5 hour consultation
  • In-depth health, lifestyle and nutrition analysis
  • Review of previous blood work with functional range analysis
  • Behind the scenes research tailored to your needs to provide the most up-to-date treatment and advice
  • Comprehensive lifestyle, nutrition and supplemental plan tailored to your individual needs
  • Guidance and recommendations on more comprehensive advanced biomedical testing
  • Detailed follow up email outlining the consultation, recommendations and plan moving forward