Functional Laboratory Testing

Functional laboratory testing can be used to evaluate gut and hormonal issues, thyroid function, liver/kidney function, fasting blood sugar, Vitamin D levels, and other possible issues.

Testing typically involves stool, saliva, breath, blood or urine samples.

Results are used in conjunction with information collected during your consultation to determine diet and lifestyle suggestions, to fine-tune your naturopathic health programme, allowing more rapid and effective results.

It is also true that for some people, seeing an issue in the black and white of a test result can increase the motivation needed to make changes to diet & lifestyle and can enhance results.

Guidance on tests will be provided during your initial Naturopathic consultation. Any test costs will be in addition to the naturopathic consultation fee.

If you are interested in discussing tests, please do get in touch to decide which is best for you.


Are You A Suitable Candidate For Functional Laboratory Testing?

Naturopathic Medicine together with Functional laboratory testing enables you to have the highest understanding of the health in your body.

Everyday life with all of its stressors through diet and lifestyle can lead to imbalance in the body manifesting as a myriad of symptoms, preventing and limiting us from leading the life we really want to lead.

By diving deeper using Functional laboratory testing and exploring the underlying causes for your symptoms, their lives the possibility to achieve great health and vitality, and have the power to prevent future illness and debilitation.

Let’s work together to find the source of any issues and an inspiring programme that fits your needs and lifestyle.


Pre Testing

Are there any restrictions to taking a test?

Some tests may require that you have to avoid certain foods or taking certain supplements for a few days beforehand.

Some tests are not available to individuals under 18 years of age.

Some tests need to be carried out at a specific time of day.

The specific instructions will be provided by the naturopathic doctor prior to each test.

Common Functional Laboratory Tests

Total Thyroid Screen

(Venous blood sample) -looking at the complete range of thyroid hormones TSH, T3, T4, Ft4, Ft3, FT4:Ft3 ratio, rT3, and TG and TPO antibodies

Comprehensive Adrenal Profile

(Saliva collection samples) – assessing levels of cortisol and DHEA and the impact they may be having on stress levels, health, weight, thyroid function, mood etc.


Comprehensive Stool Analysis- Gut Function Testing

(Stool sample/s) – analysis of gut bacteria -beneficial and pathogenic, parasites, yeasts; indications of inflammation, digestive capabilities, gut immunity, intestinal permeability.

Not only used to evaluate gastro intestinal symptoms, but to provide insight into sources of ongoing ‘silent’ inflammation which affects everything in the body. This can manifest such as: depression and anxiety, joint or back pain, autoimmune conditions, eczema and psoriasis, allergies, etc., as well as the primary symptoms of bloating, cramping, constipation, or diarrhoea.

Evaluates the gut microbiome-the bacteria that live in the gut, influencing health in numerous ways. Understanding the basic composition of the gut bacteria can help address dysbiosis (imbalance) through a personalised plan and programme.

Allows understanding of oestrogen metabolism and enzymes of digestion and absorption

SIBO test (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

(Timed breath samples) – assessing levels of methane and hydrogen in the breath to indicate presence of SIBO

Organic Acids Test

(Urine sample) – a comprehensive view of nutrient status and requirements, detoxification and methylation capability, energy production, gut dysbiosis and indications of yeast overgrowth.

Aids understanding in whether your body is getting and using the nutrients needed for optimal health and function, so guides your personalised plan and programme to restore your body to its intended balance.

Especially helpful in the evaluation of the causes of fatigue, GI issues, difficulty losing weight, hormone balance and mood issues.

DNA/genetic test

(Blood spot, dried urine or saliva) – looking at your genetic strengths and weaknesses, predisposition towards certain health conditions, genetic preference for certain foods and types of exercise

Vitamin D

(Finger prick blood sample) – this vital nutrient is important for immune function, bone strength, brain health, metabolism and weight regulation, mood and energy and yet many of us in the UK are low in it.


(Venous blood or finger prick blood sample) – homocysteine is a much more accurate marker for risk of cardiovascular disease than cholesterol. Elevated levels of homocysteine also predict Alzheimer’s and dementia, diabetes, and other chronic and inflammatory conditions; yet is rarely tested for within conventional medicine.

Other Functional Tests are available such as:

  • Menopause / Female Hormone Profile
  • Diabetes panels / Insulin Resistance
  • Vitamin and Mineral profiles
  • Anaemia panel
  • Fatty Acid Balance
  • Allergy/intolerance Testing – dairy, grain, gluten, other groups of foods and inhalants
  • Gluten Sensitivity –IgE coeliac disease screening, or gluten sensitivity
More F & Q's

Why have a functional Laboratory test?
Functional laboratory testing can be utilised to help identify imbalances in the body, and enable our wellness practitioners to design a program specific to your health care needs.

We work together to find the source of any issues and an inspiring program that fits your health needs and lifestyle.

Functional laboratory testing can be used to evaluate:

  • Food intolerances
  • Food allergies
  • Gut issues
  • Thyroid function
  • Liver/kidney function
  • Hormone levels
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Vitamin D, B12 deficiency
  • Iron deficiency
  • Stress (Cortisol) levels
  • & other possible issues

How quickly will I get the results?

Routine tests results are usually received within 5-10 days, more in-depth tests can take up to 21 days +/- 2-3 days.

Urgent test results are usually received within 2-3 days, depending on the test and laboratory location.

Some results will be required before starting on a programme. Others can be run during a programme.


Functional medicine tests can provide a much clearer picture of the underlying causes for your symptoms, and therefore, allow resolution of previously difficult to address and treat problems.

You will receive a comprehensive analysis of the laboratory test results from your naturopathic doctor and supporting nutritional and lifestyle advice, treatments and therapies to help resolve any issues.

Price & Practitioner

Health Strategy Call
15 mins – Free

Functional laboratory tests range from as little as £59, all the way up to £2,420 for complex cancer screening, inclusive of personal analysis. Final costs are dependent on the test selected.

The financial investment toward your present and long-term health will be well worth it!

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Aliyyaa Spring-Charles BSc (Hons) ND MRN
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Jessica’s Story*

“Having been diagnosed with lymphoma in my early 50s, I have very regularly been attending Aliyyaa’s clinic for naturopathy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).  I have found Aliyyaa professional, knowledgeable, caring and supportive. She is genuinely interested in the welfare of her patients and actively seeks to provide a comprehensive and bespoke programme of treatment tailored to individual’s needs. I always feel better for having seen Aliyyaa and would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.”

*not her real name

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“Aliyyaa, I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done to improve Jacob’s health and wellbeing. You have impacted on all our lives in the most positive of ways.

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In the past years, I have seen so many doctors, psychologists, physios, osteopaths etc., so many specialists and yet nobody listened to me as you do. You treat me like a person, not a number, and you help me where I need help as an individual and not as another person on the list who’ll end up with a one-size-fits-all treatment just to get me out of your treatment room until the next patient.

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“Aliyyaa is treating me for a number of very complex autoimmune conditions: ankylosing spondylitis, uveitis, Crohn’s. We are currently looking into possible root causes or aggravating factors that may be driving my condition. She has advised me on how to reduce certain triggers and stressors that may be negatively impacting my health.

Aliyyaa has also really helped in giving me alternative treatments to counteract the negative effects that years of conventional medicine has had on my body paying particular attention to liver and eye health.

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“On first meeting Aliyyaa I felt instantly connected her aura and kindness. She listened to my issues and this was the first step towards a positive future. Aliyyaa was very thorough, and after extensive tests, knew how to treat my health issues.

I had malabsorption due to Morphine and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories after being on them 5 years. With the vitamins prescribed, and Aliyyaa’s helpful advice, I now have a healed gut. Aliyyaa is an extremely clever Naturopath and most importantly, Aliyyaa listened to me.”

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“Having been brought up with Eastern, holistic medicine, I immediately resonated with Aliyyaa’s approach to supporting my health issues. She displays a wonderful combination of extensive knowledge of the human body, pragmatism and compassion.

I found her sessions immensely supportive when I was going through a difficult time.  She provided me with practical, manageable advice at each time – be it supplements, dietary changes or changes in habit- which helped me to restore my own balance. Along with countless bits of small advice given along the way, and changes I could implement in my daily life, what I’ve learnt most from her is to listen to my body, so as to trust my own healing capacities within.”

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“I meet Aliyyaa over a year ago and she helped me with my health condition more than I could ever express in words. Following her help and great advice, my life totally changed and my health improved considerably.

I tried for many years to understand and solve my health issues which affected my life in so many ways but nothing seemed to work. I almost gave up on living a proper life when God put her in my way and my life changed ever since. I feel blessed and so grateful for all her help and kindness. I feel healthier than ever in my life and it is all her input. She is intuitive, knowledgeable and truly understands the person in front of her.

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What our customers say

Jessica’s Story*

“Having been diagnosed with lymphoma in my early 50s, I have very regularly been attending Aliyyaa’s clinic for naturopathy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).  I have found Aliyyaa professional, knowledgeable, caring and supportive. She is genuinely interested in the welfare of her patients and actively seeks to provide a comprehensive and bespoke programme of treatment tailored to individual’s needs. I always feel better for having seen Aliyyaa and would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.”


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