The Integrative Or Functional Health Clinic
"Take The First Step Towards Your Journey To Optimal Health."
| One of the founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sir William Osler,
stated, "The good doctor treats the disease; the great doctor treats the
patient who has the disease." .
|The Integrative Medicine model is an individualised, patient-centred approach
that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the
underlying causes of disease, rather than just treating the disease, and
thereby promoting optimal and long-term wellness.
|We are in the midst of a chronic disease epidemic. Conventional medicine can only
manage this slow-motion plague; it cannot stop and reverse it. It focuses on
managing the illness once it has already occurred, primarily by suppressing the
symptoms with prescription drugs. While conventional medicine is important and
plays a major role in acute illnesses, it is not able to offer a long term solution to
chronic lifestyle diseases.
|Integrative Medicine is the integrative practice of both conventional medicine and functional
medicine. Functional Medicine addresses the root cause of chronic diseases so
patients can get well... and stay well. It works through preventive and restorative
lifestyle strategies, mainly targeting diet, exercise, lifestyle and environment;
taking into account the fact that all these influence a patient's genetic make-up
and his immune system.
|This concept also addresses the idea that healthcare is an act of integration, not
separation. So, instead of simply addressing different symptoms across separate
areas, this approach seeks to treat the issues that altogether affect the unified
system of the body and addresses problems holistically in order to find more
|Dr. Rommel Tickoo (Senior Consultant - Internal Medicine) and Dr. Ritu Malani (Pulmonologist and Allergist) have special interest
in functional lifestyle diseases and follow an integrative care approach to treat
- The leaky gut syndrome
- Food allergies and food intolerance
- Irritable bowel disease
- Chronic migraine
- Autoimmune diseases
|This integrative approach acknowledges the multi-factorial nature of complex
chronic diseases. It is holistically oriented (using both conventional medicine and
functional medicine) and aims to achieve a state of optimal wellness. It also
requires the patient to play an active role in the creation of his own optimal health.