(Last Updated On: February 7, 2021)
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: HOW DOES IT WORK
Here is a solution to those patients who cannot achieve cure with a conventional line of treatment by that I mean the allopathic mode of treatment. The mainstream of medicine lies in achieving a cure whether through allopathy, homeopathy, or Ayurveda. Remember an integration of medicine is essential when being treated with chronic diseases or long-term diseases in which the external manifestation like symptoms is provoked. Cure takes place internally. Let me introduce you to the latest technology of medicine and care through an integrated approach. The approach which is of the utmost professionalism and delivers to the best of mankind’s practice is called Integrative medicine.
Integrative medicine is a philosophy of healthcare with a focus on individual patient care. It combines the best of conventional western medicine with evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies which refers to homeopathy and Ayurveda. Integrative Medicine reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health care professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. It takes into account the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of the person to use the most appropriate, safe, and evidence-based treatments available.
Integrative Medicine combines traditional medical care with programs designed to address the physical, biological, lifestyle, emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of health and illness. It focuses on the whole person, including family members, to optimize wellness and manage the challenges throughout each patient’s chronic disease or cancer care journey, from prevention to survivorship and beyond. It encourages the human capacity for healing and emphasizes the relationship between practitioner and patient. The program features a collaborative approach to patient care among multiple practitioners and uses therapies that are proven in both traditional and alternative health care.
• Conventional line of treatment
• Nutritional counseling
• Physical activity counseling
• Supplement counseling
• Counselling on energy therapies, relaxation technique
• Referral to a physician
• Referrals to exercise physiology services
• Fatigue evaluation
• Sleep counseling
Complementary and Integrated medicine (CIM) focuses on the evidence concerning the efficacy and safety of complementary medical (CM) whole systems, practices, interventions, and natural health products, including herbal and traditional medicines.
When describing these approaches, people often use “alternative” and “complementary” interchangeably, but the two terms refer to different concepts:
• If a mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it’s considered an “alternative.”
• If a mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it’s considered “complementary.”
The term, “integrative health” is used when discussing the incorporation of complementary approaches into conventional health care.
There are many definitions of “integrative” medicine and health care, but all involve bringing conventional and complementary approaches together in a collaborative and coordinated way.
Researchers are currently exploring the potential benefits of integrative health in a variety of situations, including pain management for military personnel and veterans, relief of symptoms in cancer patients and survivors, and programs to promote healthy behaviors for the prevention of disease.
Integrative medicine recognizes all of the potential influences on one’s health. It is the study of human ecology that includes the physical and nonphysical factors of how humans interact with their environment. Care is applied through relationships that provide insight into each individual’s unique situation and needs. Evidence and research will continue to help us understand which therapies (e.g., pharmaceuticals, botanicals, meditation) will help the body heal. For patients with cancer, this treatment involves much more than surgical and pharmaceutical intervention. This will help empower patients to seek an understanding of how they can be active participants in their care, resulting in a more successful treatment outcome and quality of life for all involved.
Integrative medicine is a philosophy of care that integrates conventional allopathic medical therapies with modalities not typically included in conventional care and addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. This field of medicine is sometimes referred to as complementary medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, these terms refer more precisely to modalities such as acupuncture, meditation, nutritional supplements, and massage, all of which may be included in the integrative medicine “toolbox.” In 2005 the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine defined integrative medicine as follows:
The practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health-care professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.
This group includes a variety of products, such as herbs also known as botanicals, vitamins and supplements, and probiotics. They are widely marketed, readily available to consumers, and often sold as dietary supplements.
In a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, 17.7 percent of American adults had used a dietary supplement other than vitamins and minerals in the past year. These products were the most popular complementary health approach in the survey. The most commonly used natural product was fish oil.
Researchers have done large, rigorous studies on a few natural products, but the results often showed that the products didn’t work for the conditions studied. While there are indications that some may be helpful, more needs to be learned about the effects of these products on the human body
Mind and Body Practices
Mind and body practices include a large and diverse group of procedures or techniques administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher. The popularity of yoga has grown dramatically in recent years, from 9.5 percent of U.S. adults practicing yoga in 2020 to 14.3 percent in 2020. The amount of research on mind and body approaches varies widely depending on the practice. For example, researchers have done many studies on acupuncture, yoga, spinal manipulation, and meditation. so go for an integrated system of Medicine that works from the root cause.