Put simply, Lifestyle Medicine seeks to identify and address the underlying or root causes of disease: poor gut health, stress, nutritional imbalances, environmental triggers, and lack of exercise amongst others are all factors that may play a part in the development of many common health conditions such as digestive disorders, autoimmune disease, hormonal problems, and neurological issues to name a few. Lifestyle Medicine is a fully personalised approach that considers the patient as a whole person, rather than an isolated set of symptoms.
Conventional medicine on the other hand, often focusses on treating the symptoms of disease with medication and/or surgery, and whilst this is often necessary, it does not address the root causes of a person's ill health.
Lifestyle Medicine may be beneficial for a wide range of health concerns, especially complex, chronic disease and people with multiple diagnoses.
Before your first appointment, you'll be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire about your diet and lifestyle. This will be reviewed by Dr Shilpa before the initial consultation.
The initial consultation will last 75-90 minutes. Dr Shilpa will review the information you've provided, ask any further questions, and then work with you to agree a treatment plan. This may involve:
Follow-up appointments are 1 hour and the timing of these appointments will be based on your personal circumstances and treatment plan.
In many cases, it has taken many years for people to become chronically ill, so a number of the appointments are likely to be necessary. This will be discussed and agreed with you in advance.
Dr Shilpa has completed "Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice" and is continuing further study with The Institute of Functional Medicine.