It’s the start of the new year and for many of us that means making a concerted effort to improve our overall health and wellbeing. The late night celebrations and overindulgence of food and alcohol during the festive season may have made you feel out of balance, your hormones included. But if you are dealing with a chronic hormone imbalance and are looking for a way to transform your health this year then you may want to consider what functional medicine can do for you. But how does functional medicine work and could it actually be the answer you are looking for? Let’s find out.
How Does Functional Medicine Work?
Functional medicine takes a holistic and patient-centred approach to you and your health, focusing on the why to identify the root of health issues and hormonal imbalances. From nutrition and exercise, to lifestyle choices, functional medicine explores various factors that contribute to hormonal imbalances and other health conditions, offering treatment plans tailored to each individual. Functional medicine works in combination with conventional medicine to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.
Find out more about our functional medicine treatment process.
It’s Personalised Treatment
Everyone’s health journey is unique and what will work for one person may not work for someone else. Functional medicine takes a highly personalised look into your health. This allows for better quality treatment plans that are focused around the individual rather than the one-size-fits-all approach that is common with more conventional treatment options.
It’s a Highly Effective Treatment for Hormonal Imbalances
Functional medicine gives a thorough analysis of a person’s health and wellbeing. Due to its comprehensive and detailed nature, functional medicine is able to treat a wide range of hormonal issues including:
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Period pain
- Menstrual cycle irregularity
- Cyclical migraines
- Grave’s Disease
- Estrogen dominance
- Hashimoto’s Disease
- Adrenal dysfunction
A Holistic Approach to Your Health
One of the reasons that functional medicine is ideal for treating hormone imbalances is that it takes a holistic approach. When it comes to hormone imbalances it is common that there are several underlying factors that are contributing to a person’s condition. Functional medicine takes a well-rounded and integrated approach to treatment. From getting to know a patient’s full story to understanding their health issues from every angle, this approach ensures the best treatment options possible.
It Addresses the Underlying Cause of the Problem
A hormonal imbalance can be caused by a number of different factors, including gut issues, poor diet, lack of exercise and stress to name a few. Unlike other forms of medicine that treat the symptoms of the condition, functional medicine goes deeper to understand the contributing factors to your hormone health. By addressing the root cause, or causes, of the problem rather than masking the symptoms it promotes a more harmonious and sustainable approach to your health.
It Allows You to Take Control of Your Health
When asking how does functional medicine work, it’s important to understand that it takes a proactive approach and provides a highly individualised range of treatment options.Through a combination of psychological therapies, lifestyle medicine, complementary medicine, conventional medicine and expert laboratory testing, functional medicine gives you a full picture of your health. This allows you to take charge of your health and wellbeing, empowering you on your journey to a healthier, happier you.
Is Functional Medicine the Right Choice for Me?
Functional medicine is a comprehensive form of treatment that is best suited to those with complex or chronic hormonal health issues caused by several contributing factors which may be both physical and phycological.
When considering whether functional medicine is the right choice for you, speaking to a functional medicine expert is the first step. They will be able to get an understanding of your symptoms and the potential reasons for your health issues to establish whether functional medicine is the most appropriate treatment option.
“Functional medicine works by taking a personalised and holistic approach to your health, addressing the root causes and empowering patients to take control of their condition through integrated treatment. By combining the very best of functional and conventional medicine, we focus on not just the treatment of your condition but management and prevention, promoting overall well-being and a healthier, happier life.”
– Dr Haleema Sheikh
At Marion Gluck the process begins by making an initial online enquiry where our expert doctors will assess your suitability for the treatment. If we are able to help then we will book you in for a specialist consultation.
So if you are experiencing hormonal health issues and are interested in finding out how functional medicine can improve your hormonal health and wellbeing then get in touch and start your functional medicine health journey with us today.