WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE AND BIOREGULATORY MEDICINE?
These two complementary approaches search for the underlying causes of symptoms rather than simply treating the symptoms alone. BioRegulatory Medicine and Functional Medicine bring tools which go to the root cause of the illness to bring resolution of the disease. Searching for the root cause does not mean looking only for the physiological signs and chemical or hormonal imbalances but also taking account of mental state and past psychological events as the PSYCHO-NEURO- ENDOCRINO-IMMUNO (PNEI) systems are strongly linked together. Bioregulatory medicine goes one step further as it also integrates in the treatment : homeopathy, acupuncture , deep tissue massage and structural care : a concert of different therapeutic approaches playing in harmony to create a symphony of wellness .
HOW DOES FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE WORK?
It digs to the cellular level to restore homeostasis ( biochemical equilibrium within the cells) . It pays careful attention for example to toxic overload, proposing detoxification of the gastro-intestinal system and the liver, in order to regenerate the tissues and boost the energy of the systems. It allows the physician to modulate in a more refined way the body response to any aggressions whether infectious , inflammatory or psychologicaly stressful . It therefore demands a more in-depth medical history looking for genetic susceptibility, biochemical disruption , stress accumulation, hormonal imbalance , toxicity overload , unresolved psychological issues and unhealthy lifestyle habits among which western diet is a big part .
WHICH DISEASES CAN BE IMPROVED BY FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE AND NUTRITION ?
Our unhealthy lifestyle has recently led to an increase of a chronic state of inflammation in the body inducing the main 20th century illnesses such as cardio-vascular diseases, diabesity ( diabetes type 2 induced by obesity) , metabolic syndrome, IBS , cancer , auto immune diseases , eczema , women health / hormonal issues ,PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome ) , muscular and joint problems and associated pain, burn-out , chronic fatigue syndrome , dementia and Alzheimer’s disease ; many of these ‘dis-eases’ result from basic physiological homeostatic disruption in the first place; as well as intestinal permeability ( leaky gut) associated to dysbiosis , (unhealthy microbiome / bacteria of the gut).
Dr Isabelle Martineau