About Dr. Suman Gupta
Dr. Suman Gupta is an NHS General Practitioner with over 19 years’ experience in the NHS. Her experience has strengthened her competence and skills in offering a combined conventional and functional medicine approach to health. Dr Gupta has enriched her knowledge through training with the Institute of Functional Medicine (AFMCP) and collaborates closely with internationally acclaimed Functional Medicine practitioners. Welcoming patients from around the globe, she continues to make a significant impact in her field.
As a registered and trained General Practitioner, Dr. Gupta has always applied a holistic approach to treating her patients, combining functional medicine with a conventional approach for many years to prevent and reverse chronic disease. With a special interest in unexplained medical symptoms and invisible illnesses, and holding a certification in diabetes care, she has successfully managed and reversed chronic illness in a multitude of patients, using holistic methodologies tailored to individual biochemistry. She continues to apply this approach to effectively address chronic conditions like autoimmune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular and neurological issues, chronic fatigue, and mental health concerns. Additionally, she is dedicated to optimising women’s health, fertility, and the well-being of children.
Getting to the root cause of the issue is paramount. Merely masking symptoms without addressing the underlying cause only serves to prolong and intensify the complexities of chronic diseases. Evidence based medicine is at the heart of Dr Gupta’s practice. She uses thorough testing to understand the individual’s biochemical complexity together with 21st century genetic tests to form a comprehensive individualised treatment plan for patients. This meticulous approach forms the foundation for creating comprehensive and tailor-made treatment plans for each patient.
Dr. Suman Gupta is a UK trained medical doctor and successfully completed her education at Aberdeen University in 2004. Following her graduation, she pursued further training in the field of General Practice. With a dedicated service of 19 years within the NHS, she currently maintains a part-time role at the bustling NHS Urgent Care Centre located in West Middlesex Hospital, West London.
Where it all began…..
“Looking back, I now realise that I had been practicing functional medicine for many years prior to my training as a functional medicine practitioner. At the time, of course, I did not realise that my holistic approach had an entity of its own. Limited by the 10 minute appointment constraints within the NHS, I felt myself hitting a brick wall with the system constantly, doing my patients a disservice and almost never getting to the root of the problem. This was the system structure and although I sensed there was something lacking, I did not feel it was within my reach to rectify it. Along with many of my colleagues, I accepted this as “normal.”
Still my love for science and the patient contact was enough to keep me going. I put my heart and soul into my patient care. I found a path for most of patients to follow. It may not have been perfect but it was holistic and gave a glimpse of hope for what I believed to be incurable and irreversible. That was until I found myself on the other side…
On beginning the journey of an autoimmune disease with a close friend, I quickly realised that there was something very wrong with the medicine that I was practicing. Every paper I read and every specialist I spoke with repeatedly assured me that diet would make no difference to his condition. Really?! This was an autoimmune disease of the gut and they say “food has no role!” I found this a difficult concept to accept. So I researched and researched. A combination of forums, science and evolving evidence based research equipped me with the resources to devise my own treatment plan. A combination of a specialised diet and a gut restoration program including specific probiotic strains resulted in remission within weeks. A true revelation. I never looked back.
Following this, I led the health journey of many loved ones. I then went on my own healing journey to optimise my health. After several weeks, my body felt the strongest and healthiest it had ever felt. Any worries or fears were replaced by a sense of achievement and an incredible ability to handle stress like never before.
I felt the need to re-evaluate my career path and embarked on the training program with the Institute of Functional Medicine whilst simultaneously undertaking my practical training with a world renowned Functional Medicine expert. I learnt to combine my holistic functional medicine approach with my conventional knowledge both in the London clinic and within the NHS. The results were astounding.
I live and practice as an integrative functional doctor in London. Working alongside global functional medicine doctors equips me with the knowledge base that extends outside of the UK and meets ground breaking worldwide modern medicine. I also continue to work as a part-time NHS GP which keeps me up-to-date with the mainstream model, which of course has its place and enables me to appreciate the health journey of my patients’ fully.
I will always be a student to science and medicine and continue to learn every day. I love how fast this field of science is moving and thrive to keep up with the advances in new testing and evidence-based management strategies each day. Every patient is unique and I tailor my approach for them in order to provide each with the most comprehensive and optimal individualised treatment plan.
I am a firm believer of two things; the power of the mind and our genes are not our destiny….”
After several sessions with Dr Gupta, my energy levels were much improved and I had a wealth of knowledge as to my dietary deficiencies, intolerances and how these might affect my life. I came to Dr Gupta with the intention of bettering my hypothyroidism which, I am pleased to say, has drastically improved, not with the introduction of masses of medication but through lifestyle choices and dietary changes. Thank you Dr Gupta and thank you functional medicine.Poppy, Underactive Thyroid