The aim of Ecological Medicine is to address the underlying causes of disease. It is firmly rooted in biomedical science and recognises the importance of external influences such as nutrition, environment (e.g. exposure to toxins) and lifestyle, alongside internal influences such as gut bacteria, genetic disposition, allergy, nutritional deficiencies and biochemical disturbances in health and disease.
As such it sees the detailed unity of health in all its diverse levels and layers. Ecological Medicine aims to maintain or restore health by making use of these influences in a safe, effective, and therapeutic way. It has proven particularly effective in the understanding, prevention and treatment of modern complex, multi-system, chronic conditions including autoimmune, allergic, degenerative, and metabolic disease.
The complex interactions between our environment and genetic dispositions requires that each person is assessed thoroughly as a unique individual, making Ecological Medicine the most comprehensive, patient-centred form of medicine. It incorporates the latest in biochemical, microbiological, environmental, and immunological science, as well as systems biology to offer predictive, personalised care to patients who are in turn empowered to take an active role in their own health.