is a form of alternative medicine which focuses on the connection between the environment and one’s digestive, hormonal and immune system. The client is always treated individually and holistically with the main goal being finding the underlying causes for diseases
and disorders troubling your well-being.
Functional medicine often cooperates with allopathic medicine, the difference between the two is functional medicine does not only treat symptoms, it eliminates the cause as a priority. The cause usually lies in insufficient nutrition, toxicity, metabolic errors and genetic defects. Functional medicine differs from other alternative medicine in its scientific approach and proven solutions which have not all yet been approved by conventional medicine.
Areas and theories
of functional medicine not recognized by conventional medicine include:
- Orthomolecular medicine (nutrition and food supplements)
- Biochemical individuality (the fact that every individual is different in chemical structure, has different need for nutrients and has their own manifestation of the pathological condition)
- Insufficiency in operation of certain organs (burnout and renal insufficiency)
- Chronic infection diagnosis (e.g. chronic borreliosis)
- Nutrition interventions (e.g. gluten elimination)
While allopathic medicine works well in the field of acute illnesses, the focus of functional medicine is on chronic diseases and prevention, primarily through natural methods such as diet, avoidance of environmental toxins and modulation of biochemical processes in the body.
Testing in functional medicine is important
Among diagnostic tools of functional medicine are also different fast and accurate functional tests, which indicate different deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and errors in metabolism. With test analysis, we get precise knowledge of one’s condition and therefore a bigger chance of a successful treatment with lower costs.
Across the globe but specially in the US, functional medicine is rapidly gaining recognition. Amongst others, general doctors and specialists are becoming found of functional medicine, because it complements their knowledge and enables better and more sufficient treatment.
For whom is functional medicine appropriate?
A check-up of a functional medicine specialist is suitable for anyone who wants to:
- work on improving their health in the future (disease prevention),
- support their treatment with food and supplements,
- optimize their physical processes (sportsmen, managers …)
Or if he or she:
- experiences unexplained malaise,
- struggles with lack of energy, digestive issues and sleep deprivation,
- has chronic disease untreatable by classical medicine,
effects all physical processes. It can specially be helpful with:
- thyroid problems,
- high blood pressure,
- reflux, heartburn and other stomach problems,
- irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease,
- candida, SIBO, gut permeability,
- dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease,
- multiple sclerosis, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases,
- myopathy and dystrophy,
- autism, ADD and ADHD,
- elevated cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases,
- depression, panic disorder, anxiety,
- premenstrual syndrome,
- obesity and other problems related to body weight.
What does counselling look like?
After establishing a connection with a specialist, you will briefly discuss your problems and wishes. Based on this conversation, you will receive questionnaires from which the specialist will learn more about you, your symptoms, the current treatment and whole medical history, so everything potentially linked to your disease.
I advise you to also enclose your available test results, as they are an important part of your medical history and may expedite your healing. After reviewing all this information, you will meet with a specialist and discuss various open issues.
The specialist will recommend diet changes, food supplements and adjustments in other areas important for your well-being. If necessary, he will refer you to specialists or suggest a diagnostic test.
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