Functional tests are a cornerstone of the naturopathic approach to healthcare.
Naturopaths use a variety of functional tests to assess a patient’s health status and to identify any underlying imbalances or dysfunctions that may be contributing to their symptoms.
These tests may include blood tests, urine tests, stool tests, saliva tests, and more specialised functional tests that evaluate the function of various body systems, such as the digestive system, hormonal system, or immune system.
By using functional tests, naturopaths can identify the root cause of a patient’s health concerns and create an individualized treatment plan that addresses their unique needs. This approach can lead to more effective and sustainable outcomes for patients, as it focuses on optimising the body’s natural healing abilities rather than simply managing symptoms
Leah uses a variety of pathology labs depending on what testing you need. She can assist you with ordering both routine and functional tests.
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Why does a naturopath use pathology results?
As a naturopath, Leah may use functional pathology reports to help identify underlying imbalances or dysfunctions in her clients that may not be detectable through traditional medical testing.
Functional testing can provide valuable information about how the body is functioning and may help to uncover the root causes of symptoms or health issues.
By using a variety pathology, Leah can develop individualised treatment plans that address specific imbalances or deficiencies in her clients, which may include dietary and lifestyle modifications, targeted supplementation, and other natural therapies.
Ultimately, the goal of functional testing is to support the body’s natural healing processes and promote optimal health and well-being.
As a naturopath, Leah may view functional testing as an important tool in her holistic approach to healthcare and as a means of helping her clients achieve optimal health and vitality.
Common types of functional tests
Allergies and intolerances testing
Food allergy functional tests are diagnostic tool’s used to identify food intolerances or sensitivities that may not show up on traditional allergy tests. This can help to identify specific foods or food components that trigger adverse reactions in the individual, allowing for targeted dietary interventions.
Hormonal Health tests
Hormone health tests are a type of diagnostic tool used to evaluate the levels and functioning of various hormones in the body. This type of testing involves measuring hormone levels in the blood, saliva, or urine, and analyzing the results to determine if there are any imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to symptoms or health issues. Hormone functions may be used to assess a variety of conditions, including thyroid disorders, adrenal dysfunction, and reproductive hormone imbalances.
Gut Health tests
Gut health tests can provide valuable insights into the underlying causes of digestive issues and other health problems. The gut is a complex system that plays a vital role in overall health and well-being, and imbalances or dysfunctions in the gut can lead to a range of symptoms, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and more. Pathology for gut health can help identify imbalances in gut microbiota, gut inflammation, and gut permeability, as well as potential food sensitivities or intolerances. With this information, Leah can develop personalised treatment plans that address the specific imbalances or dysfunctions in the gut, such as targeted supplementation, dietary modifications, and other natural therapies.
Oncology functional studies are a type of diagnostic tool used to evaluate the specific genetic and molecular changes that occur within a tumour. This type of testing can provide valuable information about the tumour’s biology, including its potential aggressiveness, responsiveness to various treatments, and the likelihood of recurrence. With this information, Leah can develop personalised treatment plans that target the specific genetic and molecular changes present in the tumour, potentially leading to improved treatment outcomes and better quality of life for you. Oncology functional testing can also be used to monitor disease progression and response to treatment over time, allowing healthcare professionals to adjust treatment plans as needed.
Genetic functional testing is a type of diagnostic tool used to evaluate an individual’s genetic makeup and identify any genetic mutations or variations that may be associated with certain health conditions. These pathology studies can provide valuable information about an individual’s risk for developing certain diseases or conditions, as well as potential responses to certain medications or treatments. Genetic functional studies can be used to diagnose genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia, as well as to identify genetic predispositions for conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
General Wellness tests
General health functional testing is a type of diagnostic tool used to evaluate an individual’s overall health status, focusing on key biomarkers and physiological functions.
This type of testing may include a range of different assessments, such as blood, urine, hair and stool test, and may evaluate factors such as metabolic function, inflammation, oxidative stress and cardiovascular health.
General health functional testing can provide valuable insights into an individual’s overall health status and potential risk factors for certain conditions.
General health functional testing can be a valuable tool in promoting optimal health and wellness and may help individuals to identify potential health issues before they become more serious.
An example of the reports that Leah may order for you.
Naturopath and Nutritionist Leah
Hi, I am Leah.
A naturopath and nutritionist based at Erina on the Central Coast of NSW I have experience helping patients with :
Idiopathic Pulmonary fibrosis
Food allergy and intolerances
Pain management, fibromyalgia,
Full list of conditions I can help you with. I look forward to working with you.