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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting away from 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 and signs with specific treatments for each one.

To understand these root causes of disease, as Functional Medicine Practitioners we listen to the patients history very carefully and look 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.

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Put simply Functional Medicine looks at the root causes of disease: gut health, stress, nutritional imbalances, environmental triggers, amongst others all can play vital roles in the initiation and presentation of many common conditions such as eczema, asthma to name a few. Institute of Functional Medicine Definition Functional Medicine emphasizes a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a practical matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels rather than a single treatment for a specific diagnosis. Using the patient’s detailed history and clinical symptoms and signs and functional medicine integrates evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and physiological function.


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Dr Shilpa Dave
Private General Practice
C/O Kirby Chemist
53 High St Teddington, TW11 8HD

  Appointments: direct 0208 977 5509 or via
PA 0203 303 0326

About Us

Kirby Chemists is a modern Integrated Pharmacy and Dental Practice situated in Teddington High Street. Prior to the late Mr Kirby establishing Kirby Chemist in 1955, the pharmacy was trading as Potters Pharmacy by a Diane Heartley since 1934. With over 12 full and part tine staff, Kirby Chemists is fully air conditioned and has easy wheelchair access.

CQC Care Quality Commission inspected

CQC Care Quality Commission inspected

Clinic Times

  • Monday 9am-6pm
  • Tuesday 9am-6pm
  • Wednesday 9am-6pm
  • Thursday 9am-6pm
  • Friday 9am-6pm
  • Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm
  • Appointments 2pm-6pm, available on request Mon-Fri