Functional Medicine

 

In Functional Medicine, as in Osteopathy, the focus is on finding the causes of symptoms, disorders and diseases. Research over the last two decades has shown that inflammation can play an important role in the development and maintenance of disease. Inflammation is well measurable and in principle well known, at least as far as the local and general factors and reactions of the body to damaging stimuli are concerned. 

 

However, the fact that so-called low-grade inflammations, i.e. inflammation values in areas that are described as insignificant in classical medicine, could probably be causative, triggering or maintaining complaints and diseases, is an important basis of Functional Medicine.

 

In the search for the triggers of low-grade inflammation, factors that are well known in alternative medicine to be determinants contributing to health come into play: exercise, sport, nutrition, stress factors, sleep and relationship factors. These all have been shown in recent years to be able to change the body’s immune response, causing widespread low grade inflammation. 

In order to search for the originating and maintaining factors of patient complaints, the medical history is discussed in detail. Often enough, this already brings out indicators for changes in these areas, for example strong momentary or long-standing stress factors, repeated antibiotic therapy, a diet that is heavily based on pre-packaged or pre-cooked foods, no effective physical exercise, etc.

 

Further exams can also be used to indicate inadequate body functions: cortisol levels for stress, stool tests for digestive imbalances, blood and urine tests for hormones, detoxification and nutrient status. 

Combined, these search methods usually provide a good picture of the patient's health and illness.

 

Therapeutically, inhibition of inflammatory factors takes place. This includes specific dietary changes, stimulation of better detoxification, support through the addition of vitamins, minerals and nutriceuticals, as well as advice on stress management and avoidance of overexposure to environmental toxins.

 

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