Functional Medicine takes a different approach to healthcare
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By using the latest scientific research, tools and insights with a patient-centred approach, the needs of those with chronic diseases are met to achieve real solutions.
Disease prevention or reversal
Find and treat the root causes of disease
Takes a holistic view of the body
Uses the latest research and best medical practices
Patient-centred care - recognising biochemical individuality
Use nutrition, diet, and exercise to treat and prevent illness
Health isn't just the absence of disease - it's complete vitality
Economical - short term investment to solve the root of health issues
Asks - 'Who is the person who has the disease, why was function lost, and how can we restore function?
Suppression of symptoms
Takes a 'specialist' approach to organ systems
Up to a 50-year knowledge gap on chronic disease research
Disease-centred, 'one size fits all' approach
Limited knowledge of nutrition and prevention strategies
Health is the absence of disease
Expensive - lifetime management of disease (drugs, surgery, specialists)
Asks - 'What drug matches this disease?'
Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.
An integrated, science-based approach
Functional Medicine practitioners look 'upstream' to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, diet, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. Functional pathology testing is often used to identify underlying factors contributing to health issues.
The focus of Functional Medicine is on patient-centred care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. Your practitioner will take the time to understand your health history, environmental and lifestyle factors and support your unique expression of health and vitality with an individualised treatment plan.
Integrating best medical practices
Functional Medicine integrates conventional medicine practices with “alternative” medicine, focusing on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; using lab testing and other diagnostic techniques; drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
How is Functional Medicine different from Naturopathy?
In many respects, Functional Medicine is really the modern evolution of Naturopathy: a focus on the whole health of an individual, being considerate of the power of diet and lifestyle over health, and all that entails. Functional Medicine takes the principles of Naturopathy and combines them with the latest science-based insights and tools.
The Institute of Functional Medicine's definition is:
Functional Medicine is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing on the bio-chemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance.
You are genetically and biochemically unique.
This personalised healthcare treats the individual, not the disease. It supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body, naturally, rather than attacking disease directly.
Functional Medicine is deeply science-based.
The latest research shows us that what happens within us is connected in a complicated network or web of relationships. Understanding those relationships allows us to see deep into the functioning of the body.
Your body has the capacity for self-regulation.
Your body is intelligent. It has the capacity for self-regulation, which expresses itself through a dynamic balance of all your body systems.
Your body has the ability to heal.
Your body has the ability to heal and prevent nearly all the diseases of ageing. When you give your body what it needs, it can heal.
Health is a state of immense vitality.
Health isn't just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.
In Melbourne - we're leading the way in Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine is still in its infancy in Australia, and we're proud to be leading the way, achieving real results with our patients with a range of chronic health conditions. Our high success rate with patients comes from combining the power of Functional Medicine with the support and guidance of a health coach to help you get the results you want more effortlessly.