Functional medicine

 Functional medicine determining how and why an illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

Aligns with lifestyle modifications (food as medicine), physical activity and improved mental health 

Rongoa medicine also can be incorporated within this model.



Why the contribution is important

Proactive, preventative Healthcare that can be aligned with Maori Healthcare Models.

by katmen on December 20, 2022 at 08:56PM

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  • Posted by erush February 03, 2023 at 07:53

    Agree - food is the first medicine...every day of life from conception.
    Many diet-related non-communicable diseases would be prevented and the immune system strengthened if NZ people were better nourished. Pharmac and the tax payer support medications but a diverse variety of wholesome foods such as vegetables and fruit cannot be prescribed and attract many taxes in the food system. Allow food to be prescribed - particularly for children and pregnant mothers..for a healthy future
  • Posted by BetterHealth February 10, 2023 at 11:17

    Functional medicine should be included in public health system and private system. Functional focuses on root causes and this in the end could result in less Dr/Specialist visits per patient, rather than in the current system where only symptoms are treated. Specialists have advised me that people never know the cause of their symptoms, they only treat the symptoms. Not always easy to get to the root cause, but surely then it will stop multiple other visits needed for further and ongoing symptoms because the cause has not been addressed and then illness/disease progresses to other parts of the body.
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