Functional Medicine Doctors in London
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Our success with Functional Medicine at the London Clinic of Nutrition
As the UK's largest functional medicine clinic, we pride ourselves on clinical excellence and innovative delivery of a healthcare experience designed to inform and empower our clients to be in control of their own health. Our expert functional medicine doctors combine industry-leading nutrition and functional medicine expertise, alongside the latest laboratory testing, so we can attend to all your health needs in one trip.
As an award-winning integrative medicine clinic, we are proud to of received the UK’s highest award from Integrative Healthcare & Applied Nutrition (IHCAN).
Over the last 10 years, we have managed to turn many of our clients lives around by supporting numerous complex, chronic illnesses. We specialise in numerous health conditions, including; Lyme disease, autoimmune disease, gut health, hormone health and unexplained illness.
To understand what to expect when you attend the clinic and how successful our approach is, please have a read of our Google reviews and testimonials.
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a systematic approach that aims to discover the reasons behind your symptoms. This is where it differs from traditional approaches that try to treat or suppress the symptoms without ever really addressing the root cause.
At the London Clinic of Nutrition, we treat you as an individual; with a unique complex and interwoven set of circumstances, environments and physiology.
Functional medicine is evidence based and has been proven to help in the treatment of:
- Long Covid
- Autoimmune Disease
- Thyroid (Over and Underactive)
- Lyme Disease
- Chronic Fatigue
- Skin Conditions
- Gut Health
- Weight Loss
This includes some of the most common conditions we support using functional medicine, however we also have considerable success working with clients who experience many unexplained illnesses.
How we can help you using the functional medicine approach
1. Initial Consultation
We take a complete history and hear your full story story without rushing you or making assumptions.
2. Identify Causes
Together we will help to identify and address any lifestyle factors and environmental issues that may be causing your illness and symptoms.
3. A Logical, Organised and Systematic Approach
We organise your clinical imbalances and underlying causes of disease in a systems biology structure.
4. Expert Advice and Collaboration
You will receive an effective therapeutic partnership between yourself and one of our highly skilled and accredited practitioners.
5. Ongoing Help
Get help in adopting healthy lifestyle practices having expert information.
Why use a functional medicine approach?
Often we find that the causes of an illness can be seemingly unrelated issues. For example, chronic fatigue syndrome or joint pain may be caused by digestive issues or thyroid problems.
Functional medicine helps us piece together the puzzle and take a more integrated, holistic understanding. After using a systematic approach to assess your symptoms we create an individualised plan tailored specifically to your needs.
What is a functional medicine practitioner?
Functional medicine practitioners focus on restoring balance to the body by adjusting the environment and lifestyle factors that may have led to the disease or condition.
This approach leads to therapies that focus on restoring health and function rather than simply controlling signs and symptoms.
What does a Functional Medicine Practitioner do?
A functional medicine practitioner ensures 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
Principles of Functional Medicine
At the London Clinic of Nutrition, we recognise that the greatest health threats now arise from how we live, work and eat.
Seven basic principles characterise functional medicine:
- Acknowledging the biological individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness.
- Addressing the web-like interconnections of internal physiologic factors.
- Promoting organ reserve as a means of enhancing the health span, not just the lifespan, of each patient.
- 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.
- Identifying health as a positive vitality not merely the absence of disease and emphasising those factors encourage a vigorous physiology.
- Staying abreast of emerging research – a science based approach.
One way to illustrate how functional medicine works is to examine the functional “medicine tree”. The functional medicine tree displays how the body’s metabolic functions are interconnected.
Consider that the branches of a tree are your body’s metabolic systems. How they function has a lot to do with the content of the “soil” and how the “roots” deliver water and nutrients as they do for a tree. How your metabolism is functioning actually has more to do with your environment, diet, and lifestyle, than your genetics. If your diet and lifestyle are not supporting your body’s metabolic functions optimally, metabolic dysfunction can result.
The roots of the tree deliver the nutrients to make the branches healthy. If there is poor quality soil or not enough water, the tree may become diseased. From a functional perspective, diet and lifestyle can be compared to the roots of a tree. In coaching clients, this would include helping them to uncover hidden causes of metabolic imbalances with functional lab testing; finding the right diet for their body type; guiding them on the appropriate amount of movement and exercise; addressing opportunities to improve sleep and rest; supporting them with techniques to manage their stress; and, providing natural supplement recommendations where needed.
The fruits of the functional medicine tree are the outputs of a healthy lifestyle and the realisation of wellness.
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