Functional Medicine
in Victoria

Cherise FNP-BC combines the best of functional medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle management with conventional treatments to treat the root cause of your autoimmune disease.   Your experience will be individualized, focused, and comprehensive in finding the treatment solutions you deserve.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the root causes of health issues, fostering a therapeutic partnership between patients and practitioners in Victoria. This innovative evolution in medical practice is designed to meet the healthcare needs of the 21st century. 

Unlike traditional disease-centered approaches, Functional Medicine focuses on the entire individual rather than isolated symptoms. Practitioners invest time in understanding patients’ histories and exploring the intricate interplay of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors influencing long-term health and complex, chronic diseases. This personalized approach supports each individual’s distinctive expression of health and vitality.

The Need for Functional Medicine

Our society is witnessing a surge in complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Conventional medical practices primarily focus on acute care, addressing short-term trauma or diseases that require urgent attention. Unfortunately, this approach lacks the methodology and tools to prevent and treat complex, chronic conditions.

Our Functional Medicine approach in Victoria recognizes the gap between emerging research and medical practice, particularly in the realm of complex, chronic illnesses. Many physicians are not adequately equipped to assess the underlying causes of these diseases or implement strategies like nutrition, diet, and exercise for treatment and prevention.

Why Functional Medicine is Different

Functional Medicine adopts a patient-centered care model that emphasizes health as a positive vitality, going beyond the mere absence of disease. Functional Medicine Practitioners engage with patients, listening to their stories and tailoring treatments to address their unique needs.

This science-based healthcare approach involves looking upstream to understand the complex interactions in a patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle contributing to illness. Considering the unique genetic makeup of each patient, along with internal and external factors influencing total functioning.

Integrating the best of medical practices, Functional Medicine combines traditional Western Medicine with alternative or integrative approaches. This includes a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise, along with advanced laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques. Treatment plans may involve a combination of prescribed medications, botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management procedures to promote overall well-being.

Embark on a journey towards holistic well-being with Functional Medicine at Wellness Balance You in Victoria. Your path to a healthier, more vibrant you begins here!

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