What is Functional Medicine?

Our practice follows a Functional Medicine approach to enhance patient care by looking at the individual’s overall state of health and life journey. This allows us to get a better perspective on potential root causes, rather than fire-fight on a multitude of symptoms, which can be overwhelming.

A Functional Medicine approach tackles health issues upstream, to rebalance individuals and set them on a path of prevention so that wellbeing is optimised and recurrence of the problems is minimised. Using a Functional Medicine approach, we organise treatment plans to rebalance a person’s wellness.

The Institute for Functional Medicine defines Functional Medicine as follows:

Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.

The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches healthcare professionals how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5-day training course called “Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice TM ”. Ariana attended and completed the AFMCP TM -UK training in London in 2018.