Integrative Medicine: The Best of Both Worlds
Do you want to be energized and healthy?
Everyone does! In the search for energy and health, more and more of us have started to search out non-conventional forms of health and healing.
Where do we begin to find a credible expert to help us with our healing process? Should we look for holistic health care providers, or integrative doctors, or alternative healing?
This week I thought I'd take the opportunity to shed some light on the different defining terms about complementary, alternative and integrative medicine.
• Complementary medicine uses sources of healing that fall outside of conventional medicine, along with conventional medicine to achieve health.
• Alternative healing uses non-conventional methods instead of conventional methods to treat the patient.
• Integrative medicine is a combination of conventional or mainstream therapies and complementary or alternative therapies that have scientific evidence as well as safety and effectiveness
Benfits of Integrative Medicine
I consider integrative medicine to be the best way to approach treatment. It allows the practitioner or doctor to look at all the options and choose the best combination of approaches to help the person heal.
Alternative methods can be effective means for healing, however it is important that the doctor know how effective and safe the approach is.
I find as a naturopathic doctor, that often when my patients come into my office they come in thinking they only want to use alternative healing.
After we talk about their situation and I am able to do a thorough evaluation of their concerns, we usually end up choosing a plan that contains both elements of conventional and complementary treatments. This is an integrative approach that works the most often for patients.
Using an approach that combines science and natural treatments is what naturopathic doctors do best! Try working with a naturopathic doctor and watch your life be transformed.
Dr. Daemon Jones
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Reviewed July 16, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith
This article was orginally published on EmpowHer.com