Functional Medicine VS Conventional Medicine

Dr. Liau
Dr. Liau

Functional Medicine

Have you ever thought that having personalised healthcare is possible? It turns out that not all doctors provide you with conventional treatment!

So, what’s wrong with conventional treatment?

If you go to the doctor seeking diabetes treatment, the medications and advice you would receive will be the same. Whether you are a 40kg or 140kg diabetic patient, you’ll still receive the same treatment. Considering other factors such as gender, weight, age, nationality etc. There is no such thing as a ‘One Size Fits All’ medication.

Even if that is the best solution and medication, but is it suitable for everyone?

Functional medicine was introduced because of this reason. Functional medicine, aka healthcare for the 21st century, has gradually become mainstream as an evidence-based and scientific alternative for disease and symptoms. In short, another perspective of your health concerns, shifting the causes to promote a healthy body.

Here are some differences between functional and conventional medicine.

Treatment Process & Side Effects:
Functional medicine treats symptoms by addressing the underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results. It treats the body as an interconnected whole and recognises the importance of these connections in health and disease. Functional medicine provides safe treatments with mild or no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve spontaneously.

However, it masks or suppresses symptoms for conventional medicine but does not address any underlying causes, which creates “Patients for life”. It is more of a dualistic treatment where it views the body as a collection of separate parts, each with its doctor (specialist). Treatments can have side effects and complications.

Goals:
Functional medicine aims to treat the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualised based on patient needs. We encourage the participation of our patients to play an active role in the healing process by making sure that they are respected, empowered and educated. Test and treatments designed are to promote optimal function and reverse disease, and improve quality of life.

Conventional medicine focuses on treating the disease, not the patient. Patients with the same disease get the same treatment regardless of their differences. However, the patient’s opinion is often ignored. Little time is spent on education, and the patients may be discouraged from playing an active role. Conventional medicine manage disease after it has already reached an irreversible state.

Why choose Functional Medicine?
Finding yourself the most suitable treatment is essential.

As mentioned earlier, there is no ‘One Size Fits All’ medication. Conventional medicine might not be suitable for your body. The treatments may be incompatible with your condition. No matter what the treatment duration is, it would still be useless. Only when you choose to receive a customised treatment method according to your physical condition, your illness would be cured once and for all. Not every cause of the disease is the same. That is why some people with chronic disease cannot be cured entirely but could only control the symptoms.

Examples
Have you thought about the root of the illness or disease? Or what’s your body lacking?

  • Are you having the 3 highs (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar) for more than 10years?
    Bet you have never thought that the root cause of the disease is that your body is lacking magnesium. Instead of replenishing the magnesium, choosing to rely on medications only reduce the symptoms of the 3 highs.
  • Want to end your life because of the recurring depression?
    Maybe you are lacking some happy hormones – serotonin. Or perhaps consuming a small amount of B6 and Zinc can get rid of your depression immediately!

A doctor would only give you a straightforward answer during your consultation and treatment. So, how can you truly understand your body’s condition? Yes, with the help of functional medicine, a combination of traditional medicine, nutrition, psychology, etc. You can make a personalised treatment for your body to cure chronic diseases entirely.

Klinik Q’s Functional Medicine
Klinik Q will conduct a consultation with the patient to understand their symptoms and condition through a conversation, then find hidden disease and deficiencies by analysing the blood test report. Next, according to their needs, we will give professional advice and a personalised lifestyle planner to improve their condition. It doesn’t end there! After curing the disease or illness, our doctors will provide them with advice for future use to maintain a healthy body!

Want to reverse disease? Want to improve your health?

Get in touch with Klinik Q today! [email protected] or [email protected]

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