A SMARTER APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE
You may have heard the term "Functional Medicine" being used by health practitioners but not really understood what it means and why we're using it.
I like to think of Functional Medicine as the future of medicine, although the great news is it's available right now, and you can benefit from it today! It's essentially an approach to health care that is truly individualised, patient-centered and science-based. It empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.
As a Functional Medicine practitioner, I take into consideration a detailed understanding of your genetic, biochemical, nutritional and lifestyle factors. I then can leverage that information to create your own personalised treatment plan or 'roadmap' that will lead you to lasting positive change and bring you back to a state of true wellbeing.
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An integrative, science-based healthcare approach, Functional Medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider all of the complex factors in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that could be leading to your health concerns. I consider your unique biochemistry, genetics and nutrition along with your internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) influences when creating your individual treatment plan.
Where needed, highest quality, practitioner grade herbal and nutritional supplements are used. Together with specific protocols personalised for each phase of your healing journey, based on your unique root causes, functional testing results, and health history.
The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, which means I'm interested in learning about YOU and how I can best help improve your health beyond just the absence of disease. By spending time listening to you and your story, I work with you in the process of creating a tailored treatment plan that addresses your individual needs.
Education and support
The aim is to educate, empower and inspire you to successfully transform the health of you and your family. By simplifying the steps needed to make positive change, creating actionable strategies and providing implementable techniques, I'm here to guide you through the whole process. You're not alone and you should never feel overwhelmed.
Root Cause resolution
I want to delve deeper to uncover the underlying root cause of your health concerns. I seek to give you solutions, and provide long lasting improvement. You don't need more band-aid solutions to cover up the symptoms, which never leads to complete healing.
My approach is focused on helping healthy people optimise their current state of wellness and resilience, as well as helping people with chronic health concerns reverse the dysfunction and degeneration of failing health systems.
IT'S TIME TO THINK DIFFERENTLY
Functional Medicine offers a whole new way to understand and look at chronic illnesses from allergies to anxiety, chronic fatigue to PMS; autoimmune disease to anxiety; psoriasis to hormone imbalance; weight loss, digestive upset and so much more.
The fundamental concept is that chronic illness arises as a result of imbalances in some of the key physiological systems in your body. When inflammation, digestive dysfunction, oxidative stress, blood sugar imbalance, insulin resistance and hormonal problems occur, your body quickly becomes out of balance.
Factor in lack of essential nutrients from a poor diet, day to day emotional stress, poor sleep, environmental toxins, lack of movement, and other lifestyle issues, it creates the 'perfect storm' for chronic disease to take hold/develop.
The focus of a Functional Medicine approach to health care is one that centres around re-balancing the body's underlying physiology and addressing lifestyle issues that contribute to and perpetuate illness. It seeks to identify and address the root cause of disease in a proactive and preventative way, viewing the body as one integrated system rather than a collection of independent organs that don't really speak to each other.
At Bodhi Wellness, I use my knowledge in Naturopathy and Nutrition together with a Functional Medicine approach to restore you back to optimal health and have you feeling your most energetic, happy self.
There's no cookie cutter or 'one sized fits all' prescription, rather I work with you to outline your goals and the most effective and efficient way of achieving them. Think of me as your co pilot, someone to sit alongside you on your journey to wellness, where I can guide, encourage and inspire you whilst you create new healthy habits and a lifestyle that sustains your new level of health.
For more information on Functional Medicine, visit Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), which is where I am currently completing my further studies in this field.
If you’re like many of my patients, at some point or another you may have been told your 'blood tests look normal', ‘everything seems fine’, when in reality, you feel anything but fine. Or maybe you're frustrated with the lack of solutions, explanation and time given to you when resolving your health problems? There is a better solution.