At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center, we treat our patients – not their symptoms. Our focus on integrative medicine means that we treat the whole person. Integrative medicine is holistic and preventative – focusing on complete health. So, how is integrative medicine different from other medicinal practices?
The National Institutes of Health has many definitions of “integrative” medicine online. They all share one similarity though, in bringing conventional and alternative approaches together. Traditional Medicine, also known as western or standard medicine, is too often reactive.
Overuse of antibiotics has led to antibiotic-resistant bugs. Medical costs are out of control. Still, there are many important reasons to use conventional medical treatments. For this reason, integrative medicine is gaining recognition across the United States.
Researchers are exploring the use of integrative medicine in a variety of settings. With gaining popularity and increased use in hospitals, research has continued to grow.
Conventional medicine treats the symptoms or disease that the patient is experiencing. Most doctors don’t see their patients enough for preventative medicine. Is integrative medicine so much different?
Here Are Some Reasons You Should Try Integrative Medicine:
Have you ever tried reading the ingredients on your medicine bottle? Most of the time, it’s impossible to even pronounce half of one of the words on the list of chemicals and additives, let alone know what they do to your body or where they come from. Many prescription and over-the-counter medicines use harmful chemicals that, while possibly addressing and helping with certain problems, can actually cause more harm to your body than it does good. We’ve all heard the drug commercials that fire off the long list of possible side effects near the end of each advertisement, all of which sound worse than the symptoms the drug is supposed to treat.
With holistic medicine from the doctors at Comprehensive Health, you’ll get all-natural treatment and therapies that don’t use harmful chemicals, dyes, or additives. The medicines we use here are made from all-natural means, and our therapies won’t leave you hurting even worse than you were before you stopped in. With natural medication and therapy from a trusted doctor, you’ll get back to feeling like yourself in no time at all.
One of the reasons traditional therapies can be so harmful to your health is because many traditional surgeries use invasive techniques. This means a surgeon will have to cut you open and fix a problem on the inside of your body. If you’ve ever experienced a cut of any kind, you already know that they can be extremely painful. Well that pain doesn’t go away just because someone with 16 years or more of college is cutting you open. Sometimes, invasive surgeries can cause even more harm than they do good, as the problem can be deep inside a patient or in a highly sensitive area. These surgeries can leave patients with months or possibly even years of healing, rehabilitation, and physical therapy just to get back to the point they were at before the surgery.
At Comprehensive Health, we use non-invasive assessments and therapies in order to help you heal in an all-natural, healthy way. With our integrative therapies, you’ll need little to no recovery time at all, helping you feel better while getting you back to your preferred lifestyle quicker than traditional means. Our alternative medicine doctors will also go over every aspect of your therapy before you decide to go through with it, so you’ll know what to expect and feel comfortable in your decision.
As we said before, traditional medicine uses chemicals that can cause different reactions and symptoms in your body than just healing. Medicines that don’t cause other symptoms oftentimes do little to nothing to actually heal your body. Traditional medicines have a tendency to usually just mask the problems or symptoms, causing you to come back to your medication time and time again in order to function normally. All the while, your medication could be hurting you even more with side effects and harmful symptoms rather than actually helping you heal or getting rid of the symptoms you originally took the medication for.
Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies.
Some people also refer to it as “integrative,” or “complementary” medicine.
More than half of adults in the United States say they use some form of alternative medicine. But exactly what types of therapies are considered alternatives?
At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center, holistic medicine goes beyond simply getting rid of the symptoms but considering the whole person and the situation. Our holistic practitioners view symptoms as signals that something is out of normal. They view each patient as a whole instead of an ache or a pain. They view a patient’s physical, mental, environmental, and spiritual aspects that all need to be addressed and kept in balance before any attempt at a cure can really work.
Holistic, often use practices referred to as alternative medicine. These can include herbal solutions, nutritional solutions, ayurvedic applications, exercise, yoga, meditation and traditional Chinese medicine applications. They do not discount modern medicine or its treatments, but rather utilize these more traditional therapies in conjunction with holistic approaches.
Holistic practitioners encourage patients to participate with an active role to facilitate their own healing. They encourage patients to be committed to making the changes necessary to improve their health.