Does your digestion cause you pain, stress, anxiety or depression? Do you have to be constantly careful about the foods you are eating, or face the consequences? Would you like to know how functional medicine can help?
Are you wondering why the doctor's tests always come back negative but you still don't feel well? Are you thinking you are never going to find the solution?
You are not alone...
If you dread going to new places because you won't know where the toilets are. If you are missing out on opportunities because your digestive problems are holding you back. Or, you decline invitations to eat with friends because you are worried you might embarrass yourself by having to rush to the toilet.
Let me help ...
If this sounds like what you are struggling with, I understand. I have helped many people with symptoms like yours to improve their digestive health. I help people like you to understand why they are having these symptoms. If you want to know about what's happening with your health, let's have a chat.
How can functional medicine help?
As an experienced medical herbalist and functional medicine practitioner, I often work with people with chronic illness including digestive problems. With my experience, I know how important it is to get to the root of the problem of any health condition. With any chronic disease, it is important to address the underlying cause of the symptoms. It's important to look at what triggers or perpetuates your symptoms. And then address those issues. Otherwise, you can't get better.
For instance, insulin resistance can be an underlying factor in someone with heart disease or high blood pressure. Medications to reduce blood pressure are not addressing the underlying factor. Of course, these medicines might reduce symptoms. The person taking them might feel a bit better for a while. But they are not actually getting healthier. The medicine is just managing symptoms. And, after a while, the medicines may cause side effects of their own.
Chronic conditions develop over a long period of time. Symptoms develop, gradually getting worse. Your doctor might say that your test results are normal, based on conventional medical practice. But normal does not mean optimal. Conventional medicine says watch and wait. In the meantime, you have to struggle on and wait to feel even worse before you can access treatment.
I have a different approach. I have found that the functional medicine approach is a better healthcare model. This functional medicine model aims to restore health and vitality through a holistic approach. A model of health care that improves the function of the body's processes, organs and tissues. The solution is to bring the body back into balance. The body heals itself but it needs some help.
Diet and lifestyle changes can improve how your body functions. Dietary supplements, adequate rest, stress management, may all play a part. Mental health and spirituality, connection with others and purpose in life can all impact on physical health and may form part of your functional medicine care.
If appropriate, I can advise on professional lab testing to confirm any problems so that you know why I make certain recommendations. Lab tests are also useful to track your progress as you get better.
I offer a range of complementary therapies to improve gut health, including nutritional medicine and herbal medicine.
Your personalised health plan
Your personalised functional medicine plan is not just about resolving symptoms. The aim is to restore your health. We do this by addressing the factors that may underlie your symptom or disease with natural medicine.
A healthy diet is key. This doesn't mean eliminating all the foods you love. I work with you to create meal plans or provide recipes so that you know what to eat to get better.
Ideally, you would be able to get all your nutrients from your nutritious meal plan. But, if you have digestive problems you may not digest your food well and may lack vital nutrients. Maybe you have eaten a restrictive diet for years to try to control your symptoms. If so, you may need to replenish your body. You may have vitamin or mineral deficiencies which may cause some of your symptoms. So, I may suggest some supplementation until you are back on track.
Herbal medicines have a long history of use for restoring optimal health and wellness. This ancient form of medicine brings balance back to the body. I find it especially useful for helping a patient to find harmony, relieving stress, reducing pain and promoting restful sleep.
Not only do plant medicines contain vitamins and minerals, but they also contain many other medicinal compounds. These phytochemicals are natural substances that work with your body. For instance, many herbal remedies have soothing, anti-inflammatory or antibacterial properties. They can reduce inflammation, fight infection, modulate the immune system or soothe away pain.
Using safe, gentle and effective herbal remedies can help to heal your gut and restore your health. I am a professionally trained medical herbalist and health coach with years of experience in using botanical medicine and nutrition for promoting health. The therapies I recommend target the root causes of your symptoms so that you can achieve lasting health improvements.
If you also take conventional medicines from your doctor I can ensure that your bespoke herbal prescription is safe for you to take alongside your medication.
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Health and vitality
As a herbalist and functional practitioner, it has been my privilege to support people just like you, to heal their gut and regain their health and vitality, through the natural therapies that I offer.
I can help you to find the foods that you can safely eat so that you rebuild your health and resilience and get back to doing the things that you enjoy.
If you would like to have a chat about functional medicine, then please feel free to book a free, online call on my calendar and let's talk.