Functional medicine is practiced by IBS Clinics as it addresses the whole person, rather than an isolated set of symptoms. Practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic conditions. They engage with their patients in a therapeutic partnership to understand and tackle the underlying causes of disease, so as to support and promote the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
Offers a powerful clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease that supersedes the acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century.
Enables health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalised medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of the functional medicine approach we practice at IBS Clinics include
An integrative, science-based healthcare approach.
We look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in our patients’ histories, physiologies, and lifestyles that can lead to illness. We consider the unique genetic makeup of each patient, along with both internal – mind, body and spirit – and external – physical and social environment – factors.
The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care. By listening to our patients and learning their stories, we bring them into the therapeutic process and tailor treatments that address their individual needs, promoting health as positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease.
Integrating best medical practices.
Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on:
- Prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise
- Use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques
- Prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs and stress-management techniques.
Tracey Randell of IBS Clinics is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
The illustration below shows the Functional Medicine Tree, which represents the core aspects of the Functional Medicine paradigm and highlights the difference between conventional medical care and Functional Medicine. To find out more, visit the Institute for Functional Medicine website