What do you get when you put together the best practices of Natural and Western Medicine?

Causes and Symptoms Chronic Health ManagementFunctional Medicine is a systems-based, science-driven approach to individualised medicine that focuses on finding and treating the underlying causes of chronic disease, rather than just treating the symptoms. Functional medicine practicians are true disease detectives. They work closely with patients to understand their history, genetics, diet, lifestyle and other critical factors that may have triggered the onset of disease. They often request lab tests not in the average physician’s toolkit, or on Medicare. Many functional medicine treatments involve the use of dietary interventions, supplements, natural therapy support and lifestyle changes to help people reverse disease and return to health.

From our point of view Functional Medicine fits our view of healing; the primary focus is to get to the underlying cause of the problem. We always worked on getting to the root cause of the problem and with functional medicine we can utilise the latest testing practices from western science and combine those results with selected natural therapies. Therefore we can determine the cause of a problem and develop effective solutions.

So how is Functional Medicine Different?

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. The core attributes of functional medicine approach include:

  • Patient-centered care. Functional medicine is patient-centred, promoting health as a positive state, way beyond the absence of disease. By listening the practitioner learns about and collaborates with the client. Treatments are designed to address the individual’s unique needs.
  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners consider the complex web of interactions in the client’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic make-up of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
  • Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with “integrative” medicine and creates a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

Good health - Functional MedicineFunctional Medicine Testing uses a variety of lab tests to help understand how your individual body systems function. To assess where your imbalances lie, our practitioners will do appropriate, comprehensive lab testing to assess for:

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Immune and inflammatory imbalances
  • Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
  • Oxidation problems
  • Neurotransmitter and hormonal issues
  • Detoxification and bio-transformation problems

Using this detailed information, along with a comprehensive evaluation, Antonietta will create a wellness plan just for you. Functional medicine is a powerful, transformative approach to regaining your health and well-being!

This is the reason why at Health By The Bay we have developed of Chronic Health and Personal Health Assessment programs to be based on a functional medicine approach.  We want you to get the best results, using the best tools available to get to the root of the problem and restore your health to live the life you want.

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