Nutritional therapy is the application of nutritional science in the promotion of health, vitality and peak performance. Nutritional therapists trained in functional medicine use a range of tools and methods to assess and identify nutritional imbalances that may lie at the root of an individual's symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to restore nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.
Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for people with chronic health conditions as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and overall well-being. Nutritional therapists frequently work alongside medical professionals involved in their client's care.
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that shifts the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach. Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. As an extension of a health care team, Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.