What is Integrative and Functional Medicine?

health Aug 06, 2018
Dr Cheryl Kam - Blog - Functional medicine coach - Singapore - What is Integrative and Functional Medicine?

Understand what Integrative and Functional Medicine in this piece by Dr. Cheryl Kam. See why it's helpful for you to know more about these branches.


What is integrative medicine?




Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative


What is Functional Medicine?


Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.


As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression. [IFM]


The role of Functional Medicine




Integrative medicine is a comprehensive healing based framework that uses Functional Medicine where appropriate.  

This provides a very cost effective style of consult for the patient, offering the best outcomes for each healthcare buck spent.  

This is well suited for the person who is seeking a more permanent state of healing and mental wellness.  



So, there are as many definitions of Integrative Medicine as there are practitioners, and the bottom line is as long as your practitioner integrates their skills and expertise in a way that is suitable for you, you got the right fit!

While as a fully qualified Family Medicine Doctor I am able to prescribe pharmaceuticals and write specialist referrals as necessary, the aim is to be as holistic and as natural as possible in the approach.  

This is the ultimate bespoke and personalised style of medicine and no two people get the same treatment regime, even though their diagnoses might be the same.

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