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Functional Medicine

We take a highly individualised approach to patient care. Functional Medicine embodies everything we believe about treating people as individuals and we are delighted to be able to offer this service to our patients.

Our mantra is Move Well, Eat Well, Think Well, Feel Well and our services are designed not just to treat our clients but to educate, support and encourage them to improve their overall health and wellness but adopting a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Functional Medicine methods have been shown to benefit a wide range of diseases

Functional Medicine addresses each of these areas and combines the recommended lifestyle and diet changes to produce a highly individualised treatment plan.

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Anemias
  • Coeliac disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Eczema
  • Infertility
  • Obesity
  • Dementia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Migraines
  • Thyroid issues
  • Psoriasis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Leaky gut
  • Mental illnesses
  • Irritable bowel (IBS)
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Food Intolerance
  • Allergies

Why is Functional Medicine needed?

If you go to see a conventional doctor, their focus is on treating conditions with drugs or surgery. However, the world is experiencing a rapid increase in people suffering from chronic, complex diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia and autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s Disease (autoimmune thyroiditis), Coeliac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis. Often, these types of disease can be attributable to, or exacerbated by, lifestyle choices, diet, or exposure to toxins. However, some of the most compelling results have been in the use of Functional Medicine to fight Type 2 Diabetes. The reason Type 2 Diabetes is on the increase in industrialised countries is primarily due to a lack of lifestyle education and physical activity, coupled with increased consumption of high-calorie, low-nutrient, processed foods.

What you can expect from our Functional Medicine Clinic?

Functional Medicine uses advanced diagnostic testing to create a personalised care plan which does not involve drugs or surgery. If you choose Functional Medicine you will experience:

  • A focus on the root cause of your illness
  • An individualised approach
  • Your health restored by addressing genetic, biochemical and lifestyle factors
  • A personalised treatment plan
  • A science-based approach

Our Functional Medicine Practitioner

Dr. Stavroula (Stavy) Nikitopoulou MD, MSc, LFHom is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and believes in a holistic approach to healthcare. She is passionate about disease prevention and treating patients with existing chronic health conditions.

Her work as a General Practitoner (GP) in the UK, as well as her education in Classical Homeopathy and Medical Acupuncture, allows her to focus on preventing illness and promoting well-being. She believes we are whole entities and not a combination of different parts. Her personalised approach is the driving force behind her success as a Functional Medicine Practitioner.

Her experience allows her to treat a wide range of physical, emotional and mental health disorders through Classical and Alternative Medicine. She incorporates Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Holistic Medicine into her treatments.

Thorough consultations and the most advanced laboratory testing (Biological and genetic) combined, result in a diagnostic process that gets to the root cause of the disease and identifies the health imbalances responsible.

Once the cause is identified, Dr Stavy then provides individualized self-care, dietary, supplementary and lifestyle recommendations for the restoration and promotion of health and well-being.

Facts About Functional Medicine

sciatica and sciatic pain Functional medicine uses a preventative approach
pain new or existing NHS data suggest one in every 11 patients in England is being prescribed medication that could be addictive, or difficult to come off.
off sick from work Between 1988 and 2010, the number of older adults taking more than five prescription medications tripled, from 12.8 percent to 39 percent.
cost to business More than 20 percent of children under the age of 18 take at least one prescription drug every month, including antidepressants and even opioids.
regular treatments Six in 10 U.S. adults have a chronic disease, while four in 10 suffer with two or more chronic conditions.
alignment of your back Seven of the current top 10 causes of death are chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and chronic disease is responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths each year.
correct posture More than 100 million Americans—nearly one in three—have either prediabetes or diabetes, the seventh-leading cause of death, while some 50 million citizens have an autoimmune disease.
bed rest back pain The World Health Organisation estimates that between 65 to 80 percent of the world’s population (about 3 billion people) rely on holistic medicine as their primary form of health care.