Functional Medicine Model
Nutritional Therapy uses the principle of the Functional Medicine (FM) Model which addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both client and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.
Focusing on root causes FM aims to understand the interactions of possible functional imbalances, environmental inputs and genetic predisposition upon the body which may potentially lead to disease. So ultimately, it’s not just focusing on an isolated set of symptoms, because after all, throughout a lifetime one person may have very different experiences to another. We all have different DNA, we have different infections, broken bones, different environmental exposures and different responses to illnesses.
Nutritional therapy looks at the body through the lens of 7 complex, interconnected functional systems.
digestion and absorption
communication (hormones, neurotransmitters)
These processes work in synergy, and a dysfunction in one system can easily impact another system and function. Often there may have been a chronic decline in function before manifesting as a disease.
Practitioners spend time with their clients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health.
Using the FM approach allows the Nutritional therapist to work with you whilst also empowering you to take an active role in your own health.