“ Prevention Is Better Than Cure.“ – Desiderius Erasmus
Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
The Functional Medicine model is an individualised, patient-centred, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalised treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
The Functional Medicine approach is an integrative, science-based health care approach, where practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in patient’s history, physiology and lifestyle that lead to body dysfunction and illness. Diagnoses are measured by both conventional laboratory testing and testing that is specifically designed to evaluate organic and cellular functions.
The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. A focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, exercise, botanical medicines, supplements, stress management strategies, combined with some conventional medical drugs where appropriate provide the best outcome for many patients. Working along with the body’s physiology and powerful healing ability instead of against them to restore organic and cellular function forms the basis of this unique approach.
We here at The Grove Health, understand and appreciate the complexity of a myriad of conditions therefore our approach is collaborative between all practitioners, welcoming a diversity of modalities and specialities. With ground breaking protocols, shared care ideals and inter-clinical mentoring, The Grove Health is a cornerstone of integrative practitioner networks providing a safe and supportive environment for all.
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