Partnering With You To Get Right To The Source Of The Problem
Functional medicine looks for the root causes of a problem, rather than just looking to ameliorate its symptoms.
One of the main differences between functional medicine and more traditional medicine is the stage of medical intervention. While both use many of the same tools and practices and both are performed by medical doctors, the functional medicine practitioner gets involved earlier.
Different symptoms can manifest themselves in different ways in different people. In functional medicine, the individual patient is at the core of the medical evaluation; as a living, breathing person, not just as a culture in a petri dish. It is not just about a diagnosis, but why the problem arose in the first place. Early recognition of chronic disease is a particular success story for this evidence-based approach.
A good example would be a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer. In conventional medicine, a Rheumatologist would look to prescribe medication to control the pain and the inflammation. A functional medicine doctor will want to know what triggered the problem in the first place; was it an infection, poor diet, a microbe or environmental pollution. Without the knowledge of the cause, there is little hope of a cure.
In considering so many factors prior to treatment, the ‘partnership’ between the functional doctor and the patient is key. Rather than be rushed-out of the doctor’s consultation room with 10 minutes, you will find that your functional doctor will spend 60 minutes, or more, with you. Your doctor needs to know all aspects of your life and lifestyle in order to treat an issue, which could have many causes.
Of course, functional medicine is not just concerned with the chronically ill. With its ethos of early intervention, prevention can be, truly, better than the cure. But this can only come about with a full understandíng of the whole ‘You’. Likewise, weight-loss – and even aesthetic therapies- may all be augmented and improved via the functional medicine route.