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Functional Medicine - A Personalised Healthcare Approach

What is Functional Medicine Practitioner ?

A functional medicine practitioner takes a new approach to your health, focusing on addressing the root cause of disease and looking at the person as a whole.

Carolina’s Functional Medicine London Clinic

Using a personalised therapeutic approach, functional medicine London practitioner, Carolina Brooks, engages both patient and practitioner, moving the traditional practice of medicine from a disease-centred attitude to patient-centred healthcare.

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Carolina at her Functional Medicine Clinic, Spitalfields, London

Carolina’s applies her expertise in nutrition, herbal medicine, nutrigenomics, functional testing and other modalities alongside a comprehensive analysis of her patients.

A Unique Approach to Healthcare

As a Functional Medicine Practitioner, Carolina’s unique approach is implemented across her clinical, corporate and consulting work and is highly effective in developing targeted treatment plans. Because her approach goes further than basic Functional Medicine, and brings together a greater diversity of approaches, she mentors several Functional Medicine Doctors on interpretation of tests.

Carolina is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (IFMCP) through the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the only IFMCP in the world with her unique skillset and combination of qualifications.

Read more about Carolina here.

Where The Individual Comes First

Functional medicine stands for one thing: supporting the expression of health and vitality of every individual. Practitioners lay emphasis on spending time with their patients and fully understanding their medical history. They form a medical opinion after taking into regard genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, which can influence long-term, complex and chronic diseases.

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Eight Principles of Functional medicine

  1. Health is not merely the absence of disease, but is a state of physiological, psychological emotional and social well-being.
  2. All individuals are unique in terms of their genetic and biochemical makeup. Hence, personalised healthcare must be provided to treat each individual appropriately rather than focus on the disease.
  3. Functional medicine believes in supporting and exploiting the natural healing mechanisms of the body instead of attacking the disease head-on.
  4. It is a science-based approach – what happens within our body is the result of a complicated network of physiological mechanisms. Studying the latter will allow us to develop an understanding of how our body functions.
  5. It states that our body is capable of self-regulation, which enables it to maintain a homeostatic (balanced) internal environment.
  6. It suggests that our body can heal itself naturally and prevent the onset of diseases as we age.
  7. Functional medicine aims to bridge the gap between new research in science and current medical practices, particularly for complex and chronic diseases.
  8. It combines traditional western medicine with alternative modern medicine to develop an approach that focuses on healing via dietary, nutritive, and physical interventions. Here are a few reasons why practitioners need to adopt this form of preventive medicine:
    1. The sharp increase in the incidence of complex, chronic diseases requires a novel set of treatment and preventive measures.
    2. The normally practiced ‘acute-care medical approach’ does not account for genetic differences, environmental factors or lifestyle choices, hence is an incomplete form of diagnosis and treatment.
    3. It uses latest medical and technological advances to deliver a holistic approach – diagnostic tools, prescription combinations of drugs, botanical medicines, therapeutic diets and supplements, stress-management techniques, etc.

The integration of functional medicine into traditional prevention and treatment practices represents a holistic approach that engages with any immediate illness while also working to provide long-term support and prevention of future illness.

 

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Testing Laboratories

Some of the tests and laboratories that we use can be found here:

Testing Laboratories