Dr Jocelyn Lydford is associated with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), which is an organisation that sets the gold standard for education, training and clinical practice globally. IFM explains the practice of functional medicine as "determining how and why an illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual."
Functional medicine covers a wide range of health conditions encompassing but not limited to both the emotional and physiological aspects of medicine. Patients who cannot find long-term health solutions generally seek out functional medicine practitioners.
In managing healthcare for patients choosing the functional medicine approach, Dr Lydford considers a detailed study of a patient's genetic profile, biochemistry and lifestyle factors. She undertakes, in consultation with patients specific tests and evaluations that yield data so that she together with her patient can develop personalized treatment plans, which lead to improved health outcomes, with a lasting benefit.
For more information on functional medicine, refer to www.ifm.org