What is functional testing?

Functional testing provides a snapshot of how various body systems are working and how they may be contributing to your body’s symptomatic response. It assists practitioners in identifying imbalances, nutritional status, pathogens, parasites, and genetic markers, all of which may be an underlying health issue preventing recovery or increasing disease risk.

This method can also help us get to the root cause when all other possibilities have been ruled out. It gives us the information to provide a more targeted nutritional programme approach, which leads to more successful and cost-effective results. Your practitioner will advise you on the best test for you. Tests are run by external companies, and are thus priced at a fixed fee, which will be added onto your consultation fee.

How does it Work?

A typical test involves collecting a breath sample, blood, saliva, urine, or stool for laboratory analysis. Most samples can be provided from the comfort of your home, however, some may require blood draw from a nurse or phlebotomist. Reputable laboratories in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Europe carry out the investigations.

Private testing can be costly, but it is invaluable for making informed clinical decisions. As a result, your practitioner will recommend one only when it is essential to aid in the progression of a client’s case. Prices vary depending on the test. Clients receive a full report of the test results, interpretation, and advice during their consultation.

Frequently used functional tests include:

  • Stool analysis
  • Thyroid Function
  • Hormone Analysis
  • Adrenal stress profile
  • Organic acid test