Integrative Medicine Iowa

Integrative Medicine: Combination of Alternative and Traditional Medicine

“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”

Based on recent report, United States’ health expenses as percentage of gross domestic product are the highest in the world. America spends about $8,713 per person annually, comparing to less than $1000 in many other countries including India and Turkey. The US also spends 40% more then France that occupies 4th place in global health spending. Nevertheless while France was graded #1 in healthcare efficiency, the United States ranked 37th, almost at the end of the list of all industrialized countries…

In the situation where so many procedures, techniques, operations, and traditional drugs proved to be ineffective, it’s not surprising that more and more patients turned not to traditional, but to integrative medicine, which combines alternative medicine methods with conventional health care. There is no official declaration on what alternative (sometimes known as “complimentary” or “holistic”) medicine actually includes, but typically it incorporates homeopathy, acupuncture, Reiki (hand’ energy therapy), aromatherapy, chiropractic, hypnosis, herbal medicine, meditation, Ayurveda, and few other treatments usually not prescribed by ordinary doctors.

Let’s take a closer look what makes integrative medicine so appealing for hundreds of thousands of its’ followers. It’s almost impossible to get the ”healing” approach to a patient in a standard visit to the doctor’s office:

  • Visits last on average 20 minutes,
  • Doctor interrupt patient’ speech after about 23 sec,
  • If patients talk about their emotions the doctor will most likely immediately change the subject to technical side,
  • Every minute is spent giving information,
  • Doctors bring up weight issues with less than half of their overweight patients.

Doctors are paid for providing treatments, not for spending time talking to patients. As physicians they are trained to recognize disease and treat it; they are not taught to identify with patients, to understand what they are thinking and feeling – an approach that encourages people to be more dynamic in their treatment and healing.

On the converse, alternative (and integrative) medicine practitioners provide:

  • Long initial meeting covering many details on patience history,
  • Calming atmosphere,
  • More focus on what is going in patience life,
  • More attempt on easing anxieties, enforcing healthy attitudes, and getting patience to take responsibilities of their health,
  • The Prime focus is on how to reduce everyday stress,
  • An explanation on how the treatment will help the body to heal itself, encouraging the patient to believe in self-healing,
  • Attempts of active help are made while dealing with unclear, hard-to-diagnose complaints such as pain and fatigue, instead of telling them there is no actual treatment available,
  • Assurance that overtime the treatment will help current health problem and general health,
  • Establishment of frequent follow-up visits.

In a last few years, integrative medical-research clinics have been appearing all around the United States, 42 of them at major academic medical institutions including Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of California at San Francisco, and the Mayo Clinic. Most seem to be backed actively by administrators and many physicians. If you have any questions regarding integrative medicine please contact our specialists at Mandala Integrative Medicine and schedule an appointment to get the answers you were looking for.
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