Functional Medicine in Malaysia :

The Way Forward

Functional medicine is the future of the healthcare system. The current world is full of chronic diseases, obesity, autoimmune diseases, and allergies. The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care—the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness—which does not solve the underlying problems.

The average person looks at only one solution: drugs!

The problem with drugs is that they only treat symptoms but never address the causes. Example: If someone has an allergy, their doctor will prescribe them steroids. This is not effective. That will alleviate their symptoms, but it won’t fix anything. It isn’t a true long-term solution.

Current medical practice is profit-based; it involves selling drugs, and treatment focuses on the best ways to keep people coming back. Disease is made worse through medications that focus on suppressing symptoms.

What about prevention? We don’t even know how to tell if someone is healthy, let alone how to maintain their health and promote regeneration and healing. Most people cannot identify what health even feels like!

 Most physicians are not trained to recognize health, to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease, and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. They have no idea how to actively promote it and help people recover from diseases when they arise.

How Functional Medicine Providers Make All The Difference

Functional medicine doctors in Malaysia provide an important and differentiated service from current norms. What is the difference between functional medicine and current medical practice?

  • Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to healthcare.
  • Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality beyond just the absence of disease.
  • We take everything you say into consideration. Functional medicine providers and practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect health in many ways.
  • Instead of just using drugs, we practice “integrative” medicine, which focuses on both disease prevention and treatment by developing personalized vitamins and supplements for optimal nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress management, and toxin reduction strategies.
  • Functional medicine uses the latest advanced laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques to find out in depth about your health instead of conventional laboratory tests, which can only detect diseases when they are pronounced.
Functional medicine Malaysia doctor

Author:
Dr. Shirley Koeh
Date:
24 February 2023

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