Our medical approach has developed over years of experience and is informed by conventional, integrated, lifestyle, functional and ecological medicine. We draw out the main principles behind our approach below:
We view individuals as physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual beings, who are connected to communities and societies. All these dimensions of life are relevant to health and wellbeing. Their recognition is essential for disease management.
We recognise that various external factors such as nutrition, environment (e.g. exposure to toxins, allergens unsatisfactory relationships, work and family) and internal influences (such as disturbed gut bacteria, hypersensitivity, inflammation, biochemical disturbances, or emotional trauma) are of key importance in causing and maintaining the disease. We identify the underlying cause through detailed history taking, examination and where necessary laboratory investigations.
Health or disease results from interactions between genes and all aspects of lifestyle and environment, including diet, physical activity, rest, sunshine exposure, fresh air, sleep, life stressors, the quality of relationship and work. Together with the patient, we aim to optimise and individualise these aspects for optimal wellbeing.
We recognise that developing this therapeutic relationship in a safe atmosphere is critical when helping someone restore good health. We intend to listen carefully and empathically, provide continuity of care, involve you in agreeing an individualised management plan and respect your choices.
We believe that the body has an innate capacity for healing. The primary goal of our management is to support, facilitate and augment that innate capacity. We may focus on supporting the body's various pathways of excretion and detoxification, trying to reduce the overall body burden of pollutants (both physical and emotional).
Recent research into psychoneuroimmunology showed powerful interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behaviour. We invite our patients to view the illness as an opportunity for personal growth and transformation and guide them to enhance their capacity for self-knowledge and self-care.
We may use conventional and/or complementary medicines/therapies with the aim to care for the patient as a whole. Some interventions may include dietary and lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, herbal, homeopathic medicines, acupuncture, psychological techniques.
We recognise the benefit of multidisciplinary approach and may recommend other professionals with the necessary expertise in certain cases. We appreciate the importance of communication amongst health care practitioners involved in your care and will communicate with them with your permission.