What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is preventing, reversing and optimising health……Not the masking of symptoms.
Incidences of chronic disease is rising, and despite major efforts, the population is overwhelmed with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and mental health issues to name a few. Functional medicine aims to meet the health demands of the 21st century. This ground-breaking approach is science and evidence-based. Advanced and leading research is emerging every day, keeping it up-to-date.
The following fundamental principles are at the heart of functional medicine:
The nutritional and chemical makeup of each person is unique, based upon their own genetic structure, nutrition and environment; Understanding the individuals’ personal history and pairing this with cutting edge blood tests and genetics enables tailor made and individualised treatment programs at a whole new level.
Systems based biology:
The human body functions as an integrated web-like network of systems. Using this knowledge allows a holistic approach to determine the root cause of problems, which does not simply focus on masking the symptoms.
Prevention of disease and optimising health:
A decline in health precedes the onset of any disease. Appreciating that a mix of unusual symptoms, that do not fit a classic textbook diagnosis, needs intervention at this stage in order to reverse and prevent the onset of disease.
Chronic disease is reversible:
Inflammation is at the root of most chronic disease. Poor nutrition, lifestyle and stress results in nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances causing inflammation. Using a holistic approach to address these underlying issues reverses chronic disease where possible.
Well established research suggests that the gut microbiota plays a crucial role in influencing psychological behavior. Using this ground-breaking development to help manage autism, depression, anxiety and other behavioral and mental health problems.
Emphasizing personalised care rather than disease care, following Sir William Osler: “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has”
Mind and Body:
Recognizing and accepting the mind and body as one entity. Stress is at the root of the 21st century health decline. Managing stress has the power to optimise mental and physical health allowing us to live fulfilling lives.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
World Health Organisation (WHO).
Before coming to Dr Gupta and partaking in her practices, I struggled with swallowing my food as it would take me an hour or two to finish. I also had a gastro-reflux problem which would add to my inability to eat my food. I went to many doctors where they diagnosed me but failed to solve any of my issues, especially the gastro-reflux, with any conventional medicine. Thus, when we heard about the functional doctor’s method’s, we were keen to give this a try. Through eliminating certain food groups and taking daily supplements, I have seen an improved difference in my eating and some gained weight, in just three months. I find it easier to swallow my food which allowed me to finish my meals at a more natural time. The process of treating the whole body and in particular focusing on my gut by resetting the functionality, enabled me to gain great health benefits. Overall I feel much healthier, and wholeheartedly believe that this method works.Jaideep