Simone, The Barefoot Medicine Woman

Your Partner from Discovery to Recovery
Lasting solutions for chronic health conditions
Take a stress test here...
Did you know that your Stress hormones have a direct effect on your digestion, fertility, mental clarity, immunity, weight, skin heath, ageing... every bodily system that keeps you alive! 

If you think there is sooooo much wrong with your health that you don't know where to start and no-one has been able to help you so far, then functional medicine may be what you need. Long-term or chronic health conditions can only be treated by addressing our stress and resilience levels first. 

Have you ever asked yourself the following:

  • Why: has this problem gone on for so long?
  • ​Why do I seem to have so many health problems that I don't know where to start?
  • What more can I do: to get better?
  • ​Am I just getting old?  Is this IT? Will it always feel like this?
  • ​I've tried everything...
  • ​I know I'm stressed, but there's nothing I can do to change that.

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then Functional Medicine may be exactly what you have been looking for!

Download a sample Functional Medicine Assessment to gauge your stress levels and find out what a functional medicine practitioner such as Simone can do to help you to revolutionalize your health, energy, vitality, immunity and resilience. 
What We Do Here At Barefoot Medicine
Simone will support you from discovery of the root cause of your health problems through to the recovery phase with a full spectrum of  lab tests you can do at home, diet, supplement and nutrition plans, Chinese herbal remedies, acupuncture, Meditation and lifestyle medicine.

Step 1

In-depth 
Consultation

Step 2

Test don't Guess - non-invasive lab tests you can do at home

Step 3

Highly detailed personalized health timeline showing the progression of your health problems and detailing how you can reverse the trends

Step 4

Have the guts to get better with nutrition advice, supplements, herbs, shakes etc

Step 5

Heal your Mind with Meditation, Relaxation and even your long-lost hobbies!

How can Simone, The barefoot medicine woman help me?
INFERTILITY
Many people are diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' even when they believe they eat well, exercise etc.  With functional medicine we adopt a 'test, don't guess' approach to your hormone imbalance and put it together with your detailed history from the consultation to create a timeline of when things may have started to get out of balance.  We use this information to create a nutrition, supplementation, exercise, meditation and lifestyle plan to 'reverse engineer' the hormone imbalance. 
STRESS MANAGEMENT
This video shows what happens inside your body when your stress hormones are 'drip fed' into your body over a long period of time leading to chronic conditions such as infertility, insomnia, irritability and depression. 
OBESITY
Treating obesity, excess weight and general weight management difficulties is a delicate and complex subject that may have as much to do with your hormonal landscape as it does with what you are currently eating. Let's work together to find out why you yo-yo diet, why your weight reaches a plateau, why yo have had life-long weight problems. Let Simone be your companion from discovery of the problem to recovery and optimal health. 
DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
The vast majority of health problems stem from boor gut health and an upset to the balance of what you absorb and what you eliminate.  There are many tests that can be done simply with a stool, urine or breath sample that you can do at home which will help identify the root causes of your digestive disorders.  Once we have that information, Simone will work with you on a 3-, 6- or 12-month programme to help rebalance your digestive health and reduce/eliminate pain,  improve your overall health, wellbeing and mental clarity.
"I don't know what's wrong, I just know I'm not right..."
So many people have hospital tests and investigations that come back 'clear' and they are told to come back in six months and we'll see if anything has changed.  

No!  not with Functional Medicine! Simone will work with you from discovery to recovery until we find out what the imbalance is and how we can use natural solutions and lifestyle medicine to improve your health on every level.
SLEEP DISORDERS, LOW ENERGY
Everything is made worse when we have poor quality sleep and when our energy levels are low no matter how much sleep we try to get.  There are a great many reasons for this that are identified in a functional medicine consultation and getting to the bottom or yours could revoutionalize your quality of life... and it's not as hard as you may think!
AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS
So many people have hospital tests and investigations that come back 'clear' and they are told to come back in six months and we'll see if anything has changed.  

No!  not with Functional Medicine! Simone will work with you from discovery to recovery until we find out what the imbalance is and how we can use natural solutions and lifestyle medicine to improve your health on every level.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
So many people have hospital tests and investigations that come back 'clear' and they are told to come back in six months and we'll see if anything has changed.  

No!  not with Functional Medicine! Simone will work with you from discovery to recovery until we find out what the imbalance is and how we can use natural solutions and lifestyle medicine to improve your health on every level.
What is Functional Medicine?

BBC Interview with Dr Rangan Chatterjee of doctor in the House
Dr Chatterjee explains why he believes that 'lifestyle medicine is the only way to save the NHS". you may recognzie him from the hit series Doctor in the House. 

The Institute of Functional Medicine explains what we do
This video explains what functional medicine is and how we work in partnership with our clients to change their lives for the better. 
The difference between Functional Medicine and Conventional Medicine?
Dr Mark Hymen, Board Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, explains how a functional medicine treatment differs from treatment with conventional medicine. 
Frequently Asked Questions
What is functional medicine?
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease
What does a functional medicine doctor do?
Firstly, it is important to be aware that not all practitioners of functional medicine are conventional western medicine doctors.  Many of us have trained in nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, physical therapies etc. 

Whatever the background of your functional medicine practitioner, we all work with you in a similar way, using nutrition and lifestyle medicine to address the way your body systems and hormones function.  
What happens during a functional medicine assessment?
The initial assessment may last 60-90 minutes during which time you will be asked about all aspects of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.  Anything you are able to tell us about your childhood (illnesses, eating habits, sleep, energy etc) and even about your parent's health will be very beneficial in understanding your current situation.  

You will also be asked about your parents and grand-parents health and any genetic conditions.  This is proving to be increasingly important because the field of nutrigenomics is showing that even if there is a family history of a particular condition, eating certain foods can govern whether the genes are triggered or not.  That means that just because something 'runs in the family" does not mean that you are 'destined to get it'. 
How do I find a functional medicine practitioner near me?
At Barefoot Medicine, Simone offers online consultations to clients around the world.  Consultations take place on a GDPR, HIPAA-compliant healthcare platform called Healthie, where you can schedule TeleMedicine consultations or send a secure 'chat' message to Simone throughout the duration of your package. There are training courses, information and advice sheets, videos, access to your lab test results and much, much more all in one place.  Many healthcare professionals use this platform, so you could choose to add your other providers to it so they can see your treatment to far. Any lab tests you need will be sent by courier to your home address and will be collected from there once you have provided a saliva, stool, urine or breath sample.  Blood testing kits can be sent to you for certain tests, but you will need to find a local phlebotomist to draw the blood. 
Do I have to have the consultation in person or can it be done online?
Different functional medicine practitioners work in different ways. At Barefoot Medicine, Simone Buehner offers appointments online as many of her clients are international, but she also has regular clients in her clinic just outside Cardiff, Wales (UK).
Can I get functional medicine in the UK?
The vast majority of functional medicine practitioners are in the USA, but it is gaining popularity in the UK at a very fast rate.  Simone Buehner at Barefoot Medicine is based in the UK but also offers online TeleMedicine appointments and 3-, 6- and 12-month support packages to be your companion on your journey from 'discovery' of the root cause of the problem through to 'recovery'. 
What can Functional Medicine do for you?
All practitioners of functional medicine believe that prevention is better than cure.  Any 'niggling symptoms' that you may have but that are not bad enough to go to the doctor with are often your body trying to tell you something.  In most cases, people ignore or do not recognize these warning signs until more drastic symptoms force them to go to the doctor.  At this stage, Western Medicine typically treats the symptoms, but not the underling cause, so very often the situation develops into.a chronic health problem that keeps recurring.  Often people put this down to 'getting older', when in reality there is a lot that can be done to slow down the ageing process (or to stop the habits that are causing our bodies to age prematurely). 

Functional medicine can be of benefit in any chronic or long-standing health problem, particularly one that has not responded well to other more conventional treatments.  The reason for this is that we look back through your health from childhood and even pre-natally to see what patterns began to develop and when.  Understanding the progression of the condition even when symptoms seemed to mild as to go unnoticed helps us to get a deeper understanding of how to 'reverse engineer' the imbalance. 
Can functional medicine be used for infertility?
Definitely!  In the UK around 70% of couples are given a diagnosis of 'unexplained infertility' but with functional medicine we can get a lot closer to understanding the root cause of any hormonal or emotional imbalance and you would then be given nutrition, supplement, meditation and lifestyle advice that will help ease your body naturally into a state of balance again.  This approach is critical because we do not address your ability to conceive in the way that IVF does, but also your overall health and ability to maintain the pregnancy, stay healthy throughout and have a healthy baby. 
Can functional medicine help autoimmune diseases?
Yes. There are a great many autoimmune diseases, but the core issue is that the body is mistakenly recognizing its own tissues as harmful, so it gets 'caught in the crossfire' and the body attacks itself. Every autoimmune disease becomes connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response resulting from your body attacking its own tissues.

In conventional medicine, patients are typically treated with immuno-suppressants which are very strong drugs and have undesirable side-effects.  In Functional Medicine we look fo the underlying causes of the inflammation which may be stress,  hidden infections, food allergies or sensitivities, toxic exposure, genetic predisposition, nutrient deficiencies, and leaky gut.  At Barefoot Medicine we send out lab tests to your home which are usually urine, stool or breath test (sometimes a blood test kit that you will need to take to a phlebotomist near you to draw the blood) then the sample will be sent by courier to the lab.  While that is being done, Simone will conduct an in-depth consultation with you which wil be written up in a very detailed report and combined with your lab test results.  This health report will become a working document that will be used to build upon as your treatment progresses during your 3-, 6- or 12-month programme. 

Client Testimonials

After struggling with weight problems even in my teens and throughout my adult life, I am really pleased that not only did I lose this much weight in 6 weeks (10kg) but I then lost a further 5kg and now it is 2 years later and I am still well within my ideal weight.  Simone has helped me to understand how to stop yoyo dieting and how to spot the warning signs when I could easily have put the weight back on again.  Simone made me feel proud of myself for everything I achieved rather than ashamed of being overweight as I had been before. I really advise anyone with weight problems to give Simone a call, she will definitely help you!
- Mr M.B, penarth

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT 

Acupuncture Cardiff at Barefoot Medicine

WELLBEING

Simone approaches her work with great kindness and care, always making me feel comfortable and at ease. Highly professional whilst remaining warm and friendly, I really valued the time she took to get to know me. She listened so well and responded to my own individual needs thoughtfully and thoroughly. On each treatment I have had with her, I have felt I am in very capable and caring hands.

The combination of acupuncture and juice plus supplements has had a very positive effect on my life. I see it as a wonderful ongoing part of my ‘wellbeing toolbox’, not only helping me to maintain my health, but also providing a resource to encourage me to embrace my own self care and motivation to engage in and with my life more fully. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
- Ms M. R. Caerphilly
After several years of excruciating pain, time off work sick, continuously spending money and eventually wondering where to turn, Simone came to the rescue. I can't recommend Simone enough…The improvement was remarkable and I still find it hard to believe that acupuncture could make such a difference when everything else I tried had failed so dismally. If you are suffering… I absolutely 100% recommend you call Simone, she's given me a new lease of life.
- Mr J. H. Cardiff

CHRONIC PAIN

Acupuncture Cardiff at Barefoot Medicine

FERTILITY
(Male and Female)

Simone, we simply cannot thank you enough! Our baby girl arrived safe and sound at 8 lb 6oz.  After 3 years of trying and two failed IVF attempts, we still can't believe she is here. Thank you so, so much for all you have done.

mrs S. W. Newbury
PTSD treatment at Barefoot Medicine

PTSD & 
POST-CONFLICT PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH 

"Of all the many great things that G.H. has achieved for me from the wonderfully supportive RAFA, RAFBF and of course TRBL, in my opinion, the most beneficial thing he did for me initially was to introduce me to you. You know the immediate effect that your treatment has had on me and I'm confident there is more to come! Upon realising and seeing with his own eyes, G.H. took it up with RAFB HQ in Exeter, to put forward a case for further funding for more of your excellent acupuncture, which was granted recently.... 

(3 months later)...

Do you know, I no longer take Loperamide, except maybe 1 a week, instead of daily over the last 5 years!! Amazing and down to you and your incredible skill. Thankyou so much. Generally life is so much better since G.H. introduced you to me.."

- MR k.s. devon
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