It’s an approach to medicine that puts the patient at the heart of everything. Personal medicine addresses the whole person rather than an isolated set of symptoms. It aims to find the root cause of disease or sub optimal health and address that rather than treat the symptoms. Practitioners take time to really understand the patient, investigate their history and gain an informed understanding of the way in which lifestyle, genetics and environment interact to influence their health.
Nothing. We use both terms. We kind of like personal though. It feels, well, personal.
Typically the personal or functional approach is characterised by:
No. Personal medicine believes in treating the cause not the symptoms. That can mean less of a reliance on pharmaceutical solutions. But it often involves a greater use of advanced scientific knowledge and techniques such as genetic science, systems biology and understanding of disease progression. To see our comparison between conventional and personal medicine, click here.
No. Personal medicine can be used in all sorts of ways. Many people have found it a successful way of treating serious health problems and chroinic that allopathic medicine has not been able to help with. It can also be a way of treating problems that are sometimes overlooked by standard medicine such as stress, fatigue, tiredness, anxiety etc. It has proved successful in treating issues like autism and OCD. It is also a valuable tool for managing our lifestyles to prevent major disease. Genetic testing and lifetlye profiling allow us to identify potential hereditary and enviroinmental risk factors for chronic illnesses and manage our lives to minimise these risks. Many people have used the functional medicine approach to improve their mental and physical performance or simply to ensure they live their lives with optimal health.
We definitely think it’s an integral part of the future of healthcare. But actually one of the key tenets of personal medicine is to be suspicious of anything that says “one thing is the answer”. The “answers” personal medicine finds usually involve a number of different things. Personal medicine practitioners frequently work in close collaboration with practitioners in a range of areas to ensure treatment is personalised to the patient in every way. A partnership approach to health.
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