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:

  • Biochemical individuality:

    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.

  • Gut-Brain axis:

    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.

  • Person-centered:

    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).

I was recommended to see Dr Gupta by a friend of mine. I had various symptoms for which I was seeing a GP, gastroenterologist, neurologist and various other doctors about. The left side of my body had suddenly become numb and weak, I had muscle weakness especially in my legs, twitches, acidity, fatigue, and IBS, to name a few symptoms. I was tired of being diagnosed with different issues, and being put on endless antibiotic courses, antacids and various other medications. I wanted a holistic approach, something that would really get to the root cause rather than cover up various health issues on the surface along with creating more as a result of the side effects of medication. After meeting with Dr Gupta, and having various tests conducted, she was able to identify the issues (including an underactive thyroid which was not picked up by previous doctors) and put me on a healing plan which involved supplements and change of diet and lifestyle. After some months, I saw drastic improvements to my health. Now, my left-sided weakness is almost unnoticeable, my IBS and severe acidity has been cured, my muscles have gained significant strength and my energy levels are like they have never been before! Healing is a commitment and it's a lifestyle which you have to be dedicated to but I assure you when you see the benefits you will be addicted! I cant thank Dr Gupta enough for all she has helped me with, and for taking me out of a dark place. I highly recommend seeing Dr Gupta!
S Hassam