Why Functional Medicine?

Having joined the National Health Service 16 years ago, I have been impressed by the unique healthcare provision in the United Kingdom. I have however witnessed a slow decline within this system. In the current landscape, treatment of disease focusses on the immediate suppression of individual symptoms rather than a holistic analysis of underlying cause. Short appointments with overworked, demoralised staff and aggressive, ‘quick fix’ treatment solutions with known side effects may hack away at the knotweed, but they leave its roots behind.

I come from a culture where there is emphasis on body, mind and spirit. In 2010, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder, and over time I became disillusioned with traditional treatment methods, both for myself and for the patients I treat in my Psychiatry Clinic. Functional Medicine revolutionised my thinking and healing, allowing me to provide my patients with management plans which are curative and preventative. I incorporate dietary changes early in my patients’ journey towards health, educating them and their families about sustainable change. Simple life-style modifications have given positive results with their mental health disorders. I see Functional Medicine as Ayurveda, with a scientific foundation and evidence base; a proven methodology that tackles disease at its root cause.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine emphasizes a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.

The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professional’s how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™.

I attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2018.

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”  ~Thomas Edison


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