Functional Medicine Practitioner London

As a functional medicine practitioner and doctor in London, we at The London Clinic of Nutrition have nearly 100 years of experience between the team in functional and integrated medicine. The team is made up functional medicine doctors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists and other adjunct therapies. Our purpose is to help get you better as safely and quickly as possible using an integrated and eclectic approach to health.

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine encompasses a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing and treating complex chronic disease.  It helps clinicians of all disciplines identify and ameliorate dysfunctions in the physiology and biochemistry of the human body as a primary method of improving patient health.

Functional medicine is a systems based medicine that is based upon discovering the reason(s) why someone has the symptoms they experience rather than just treating or supressing those symptoms.  We go upstream to find out what the antecedents, triggers and mediators are that are causing the symptoms the patient is experiencing.  More often than not patients’ seemingly unrelated symptoms such as digestive issues and thyroid problems are all connected.  Again fatigue and joint pain may seem unrelated but with functional medicine we piece the puzzle together to demonstrate how all of these symptoms can be alleviated if we take an integrated approach.

Why do we need functional medicine?

This model of practice emphasises that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a period of declining function in one or more of the body’s physiologic organising systems.  Returning patients to health requires reversing (or substantially improving) the specific dysfunctions that contributed to the disease state.  Those dysfunctions of each of us, the result of lifelong interactions among our environment, our lifestyle choices and our genetic predispositions.  Each patient therefore represents a unique complex and interwoven set of influences on intrinsic functionality that over time set the stage for the development of disease and the maintenance of health. To manage the complexity inherent in this approach, functional medicine has adopted practical models for obtaining and evaluating clinical information that leads to individualised patient centred therapies.

How is functional medicine different?

This model of practice is different to conventional medicine as it emphasises that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a period of declining function in one or more of the body’s physiologic organising systems. Returning patients to health requires reversing (or substantially improving) the specific dysfunctions that contributed to the disease state. Those dysfunctions of each of us, the result of lifelong interactions among our environment, our lifestyle choices and our genetic predispositions. Each patient therefore represents a unique complex and interwoven set of influences on intrinsic functionality that over time set the stage for the development of disease and the maintenance of health. To manage the complexity inherent in this approach, functional medicine has adopted practical models for obtaining and evaluating clinical information that leads to individualised patient centred therapies.

Principles of Functional Medicine

Seven basic principles characterise the functional medicine:

  • Acknowledging the biological individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness;
  • Incorporating a patient centred rather than a disease centred approach to treatment;
  • Seeking a dynamic balance among the internal and external factors in the patient body, mind and spirit;
  • Addressing the web-like interconnections of internal physiologic factors;
  • Identifying health as a positive vitality not merely the absence of disease and emphasising those factors encourage a vigorous physiology;
  • Promoting organ reserve as a means of enhancing the health span, not just the lifespan, of each patient; and
  • Staying abreast of emerging research – a science based approach;

One way to illustrate where functional medicine falls in the continuum of health and healthcare is to examine the functional “medicine tree” as below.  In its approach to complex chronic disease functional medicine encompasses the whole domain represented by the graphic shown below, the first addresses the patient’s core clinical imbalances, the fundamental lifestyle factors that contribute to chronic disease and the antecedence triggers mediators that initiate and maintain the disease state.  Prognosis of course, is part of the functional medicine model but the emphasis is on understanding and improving the functional core of the human being as the starting point for intervention.

Functional Medicine London - Fundamental Organising System and Core Clinical Imbalances

Put simply, the functional medicine practitioner will ensure that all routes to wellness are addressed with the patient.  This will normally involve strengthening the immune system, decreasing toxicity, normalising inflammatory function, optimising metabolic function, balancing regulatory systems, enhancing regeneration, helping people to live in harmony with their life force and nature.


If you would like more information on functional medicine, please call 020 3332 0030 or email us or fill our our contact form to see how the London Clinic of Nutrition can advise on the appropriate functional medicine treatments.


What is a functional medicine practitioner/doctor?

Functional medicine practitioners focus on restoring balance to the dysfunctional systems by strengthening the fundamental physiologic processes that underlie them and by adjusting environmental and lifestyle inputs to nurture or impair them. This approach leads to therapies that focus on restoring health and function rather than simply controlling signs and symptoms.

Our success as a Functional Medicine Practitioner

Functional medicine at the London Clinic of Nutrition has helped many patients and with the breadth of experience of the team, there is little we have not seen or helped people with. We specialise in Lyme disease, autoimmune disease, gut health, hormone health and unexplained illness. There are too many success stories to mention but some of these can be seen on our Google reviews and testimonials.

How a Functional Medicine Practitioner gets better results

Before finding functional medicine I was already practising integrated naturopathic medicine in London, so learning functional medicine just added a bit of a gloss to my practice. What I would say though is that using the functional medicine model it has helped me understand that to get better results with my patients, I need to heal myself on all levels and develop love for all humanity and by doing so can inspire others and provide hope.

Oliver Barnett founder of London Clinic of Nutrition.


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How we can help as your Functional Medicine Practitioner

We can help you with your health by acknowledging our greatest health threats now arise from how we live, work, eat, play, and movement.

  1. Receiving your complete story during the initial consultation;
  2. Identifying and addressing the challenges of your modifiable lifestyle factors and environmental exposures;
  3. Organizing your clinical imbalances by underlying causes of disease in a systems biology structure, and
  4. Creating an effective therapeutic partnership between practitioner and patient;

Ultimately the best we can help you as your London functional medicine practitioner is by educating you about healthy lifestyle practices and being an information resource to you that is not driven by propaganda, bias or vested interests.

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If you would like more information on functional medicine, please call 020 3332 0030 or email us or fill our our contact form to see how the London Clinic of Nutrition can advise on the appropriate functinal medicine treatments.


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My session with Oliver Barnett was very interesting and informative and he told me how to build on my existing healthy diet, broadening what I ate and how I prepared it, and prescribed a course of herbs and a detox.

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