What is Integrative Medicine and What Makes it So Great?

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to the doctor and find out what was actually causing your health issue AND have it treated, instead of just getting some medicine for your symptoms?

It might sound too good to be true, especially for people that have seen several physicians and can’t seem to make any progress with a diagnosis or treatment, but there’s another option that you may not be aware of. We want to make sure you are aware of another choice that takes a more holistic approach that includes finding the root cause of your issue.

Integrative medicine is a progressive and holistic approach to treating patients that goes much farther than just treating the symptoms of a disease—integrative practitioners work to find the root cause of your illness, then work with you to find the best method of treatment.

What makes integrative medicine different than conventional medicine?

Integrative medicine can be seen as a blend of conventional medicine and a more natural approach. The biggest difference between conventional and integrative medicine is that the integrative approach works to identify and treat the cause of your issue, rather than just treating the symptoms.

An integrative medicine doctor will evaluate a patient as a whole and everything that influences their state of health. They will examine a patient and study and order blood tests just like a conventional doctor, but they will also have more options for treatment, like acupuncture, herbs and homeopathy.

Is integrative medicine just another term for “natural” or “alternative” medicine?

Not really. Integrative medicine combines the best parts of conventional and holistic medicine, and offers a lot more options for treatment than what you may be used to. While some of the treatments can be seen as “alternative”, it’s important to note that integrative medicine only uses treatments that are scientifically proven to work, so you can be assured that you’re getting proper care.

Is there a difference between functional medicine and integrative medicine?

Functional medicine and integrative medicine have similarities and some treatments that overlap, but there are some things that make them different enough to merit a distinction. Like integrative medicine, functional medicine uses a comprehensive approach that takes into account the background and lifestyle of a patient. In functional medicine, the diagnosis process can be a little less conventional, but both types of medicine work to treat the entire person, not just the disease.

What should you expect during a visit to an integrative medicine physician?

Integrative medicine relies on a much closer relationship with your doctor, since they will need to fully understand your medical conditions and your present and past health history. Many patients have reported that office visits with an integrative physician are more relaxed, longer and less rushed than a typical visit to the doctor’s office, since both you and the doctor will be taking the time to work on finding the root cause of your issue.

How do you find an integrative doctor?

There are several resources online for finding an integrative doctor, including the University of Arizona’s Integrative Health Professional Directory which can be accessed right here. You can also contact us and we will be happy to help you find an integrative physician in your area. Feel free to email us at hello@medmetricsrx.com or call us at 480-883-8300.

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