Functional Medicine appointments are being offered in our London clinic by experienced GP Dr Maddi. Ridley.
Increasingly, patients for whom conventional medical approaches have not provided a satisfactory solution to improving their health and wellbeing, are seeking help from a functional medicine approach to their condition.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
It is an alternative approach to health care that conceptualises health and illness as a part of a continuum in which all components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment, producing patterns and effects that change over time. Functional medicine helps clinicians identify and improve dysfunctions in the physiology and biochemistry of the human body as a primary method of improving patient health.
It focuses on solving chronic disease by shifting our focus from suppression and management of symptoms to addressing their underlying causes which are often rooted in lifestyle choices, environmental exposures and genetic influences.
How does it differ from conventional Medicine?
Conventional Medicine has a strong emphasis on characterizing disorders by diagnosis and treating the diagnosis with synthetic medications, procedures and surgery. The body is viewed as a series of organ systems which are typically separate from each other. Of course, this model of medicine has had fantastic advances over the past century in treating and preventing infectious disease and trauma, but it might not be the most effective way of treating and preventing chronic disease. This can lead to symptom suppression rather than resolving the root cause, which is where Functional Medicine comes in to play.
Functional Medicine is built on the foundation of Conventional Medicine, integrating what we already know about how the human body works with an individualized care that addresses the causes of complex, chronic disease.
What happens during a Functional Medicine Consultation?
The practice of Functional Medicine involves four essential components:
- Eliciting Patient’s Complete Story During The Functional Medicine Intake.
In our clinic, this takes place using the Living Matrix Software. You will be sent an email link to an extensive medical symptom questionnaire that needs to be completed electronically prior to your first appointment; it may take approximately 90 minutes to answer all the questions. This questionnaire will be used in the first consultation to guide Dr Ridley to put together the full history.
- Identifying and addressing patient’s modifiable lifestyle factors and environmental exposures.
This utilizes some established tools in Functional Medicine which will be explained at the first consultation.
- Organising patient’s imbalances into underlying causes of disease in a biological matrix framework.
All your information is collated via the Living Matrix Software to provide a comprehensive picture of what is causing your problems; where they are coming from; what has affected their development and what interventions are needed to begin reversing the disease process and substantially improving health.
- Establishing a mutually empowering partnership between practitioner and patient.
The initial appointment lasts up to 90 minutes. During the consultation, it may be relevant for certain tests to be done so that Dr Ridley can establish key imbalances. These will be discussed during your consultation as fees do vary.
At the end of the first consultation, Dr Ridley will produce a Functional Medicine Treatment Plan which will be discussed in person and also emailed to you after your appointment.
The treatment plan may recommend one or more of a broad range of therapies, including:
- Dietary interventions inclusive of a comprehensive diet plan, shopping lists and recipes
- Nutraceuticals (e.g. vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, botanicals)
- Lifestyle changes (e.g. improving sleep, increasing physical activity, decreasing stress)
There is the option of a telephone review appointment a week later to assess how you are getting on with the plan tailored to you.
Standard clinic follow-up is 4 weeks later and lasts 30 minutes.
What conditions would Functional Medicine be appropriate for?
- Any Longterm/Chronic Illness
- Medically Unexplained Symptoms
- Approaching Menopause
- Problems with Fatigue
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Depression and Anxiety
- Longterm Infections (e.g. Lyme’s disease, Candidiasis)
- Migraines and Headaches
- Thyroid Disorders
- Adrenal and other hormonal Disorders
- Anyone seeking to improve their general Health and Wellness
Meet our experts
Dr. Maddi Ridley
- Qualifications: Functional Medicine
- Location(s): Location London - ROC Private Clinic
- Clinical Interest(s): Functional medicine, in respects to the following conditions: Fatigue, Autoimmune Disease, Thyroid, Adrenal and other hormonal disorders, Digestive Disorders, Infections (acute and chronic low grade such as Lyme’s or Candidiasis), Migraines and Headaches
Dr Ridley is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine. She is dedicated to patient care and to seeking out and treating the root causes of disease and dysfunction.