Why You Should See a Holistic Medicine Doctor | Build Your Personalized Power Rx
When you hear the word “holistic,” does it make you think of new-age pseudoscience? Practitioners will be quick to tell you the truth about holistic and integrative healthcare is far from that. Holistic medicine simply means merging the best of Western medicine with whole-body care.
Holistic doctors provide integrative solutions which blend modern diagnostics and interventions, with diet, lifestyle, and behavioral changes. And like many experts, we believe it’s truly the future of health care.
What is Holistic Medicine?
Holistic medicine is everything you wanted healthcare to be–and more. Holistic medicine is whole-body healthcare and diverse treatment methods based on your unique case. You’ll often hear this referred to as integrative medicine–as it integrates methods from conventional and traditional systems of healing.
Holistic medicine often includes diet changes, Ayurvedic remedies, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, energy healing, behavioral therapy, supplements, and more. This is in addition to modern diagnostics and testing.
Holistic practitioners work to get to the root cause of your issues, instead of merely treating the symptoms. They’ll spend more time with you—on average our typical appointments last 45 minutes versus just 18 minutes with conventional doctors (1). And we’ll work with you as a partner in your healthcare, to listen, identify, and address your concerns.
During a consultation, expect to talk about your diet, lifestyle, sleep, stress levels, supplements, and overall health history. This comprehensive picture of your health helps your doctor apply functional medicine solutions to your individual chemistry.
Many experts agree that holistic and integrated medicine is the future of healthcare (2).
The Future of Healthcare
Functional and Integrative Medicine
Modern, conventional medicine is amazingly beneficial. In our lifetimes we have seen cures for diseases that were the cause of major suffering only decades ago. We have new technology and diagnostics that show us exactly what’s going on inside the body. In many ways this innovation is nothing short of spectacular.
But alongside this innovation, comes a heavy focus upon treatment rather than prevention or root cause medicine. Especially in many chronic conditions that plague modern society, medication isn’t necessarily the most effective treatment option, but conventional medicine is quick to jump to a “pill for every ill” mentality.
Integrative medicine pairs the best of conventional treatment options with the ability to expand options to supplements, lifestyle adjustments, and healing methods like Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.
The key is using a blend of the most effective treatment options for each patient’s individual situation. What makes holistic medicine so effective and attractive for those looking to take their healthcare to the next level?
Practitioners examine lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors to find the best way to treat the root cause of your issues–instead of just managing the symptoms. Nutritional deficiency testing, hormonal evaluations, and metabolic workups all play a role in how your holistic doctor will address your needs.
Holistic doctors will want to know the basics for how you’re taking care of yourself, including lifestyle, diet, and life goals to develop an individualized and in-depth treatment plan for you. We know that no two people are exactly the same–and this is what sets holistic medicine apart.
Cutting-edge diagnostic testing, physiological analysis, and risk assessment will all help integrative medicine doctors get to know you better. In some cases, medication is necessary alongside other treatment options.
It is a common misconception that integrative doctors don’t believe in or follow science. On the contrary, integrative and functional doctors who follow a holistic approach are open to expanding treatment options to give patients the benefits from all systems of medicine.
What to Expect During a Holistic Doctor’s Visit
What sets holistic medicine apart from the status quo you’re used to? The quality and attention you’ll receive each time you step into our office, or join a virtual appointment.
Understanding you & your health
Your CentreSpringMD integrative team takes the time to get to know you. The more we know about your health history, lifestyle, genetics, and symptoms, the better we are at providing in-depth treatment plans designed just for you.
Diagnostic testing & analysis
Comprehensive lab work and specialty testing like nutritional deficiency, food sensitivity, and hormonal testing allow our team a deeper look at different aspects of your health. This helps us uncover the specific cause(s) of your symptoms.
Personalized plan – Your Power Rx
What is your Power Rx? It’s your personal prescription tailored to you with recommendations on nutrition and exercise, lifestyle changes, suggested supplements, and so much more.
Common Conditions We Treat
Integrative medicine is key for treating and preventing modern disease. Many of our most prolific and damaging health conditions today are exactly the type of illnesses conventional medicine struggles to address: they’re complex and don’t always respond well to medication.
This is where integrative medicine and a whole-body approach excel.
- Metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes
- Autoimmune conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, etc.)
- Cardiovascular health
- Preventative medicine
- Diagnostic testing
- Diet and nutrition counseling
Integrative Women’s Health
The benefits of integrative women’s healthcare far exceed the requisite mammogram and pap smear. The integrative team at CentreSpringMD unravels the intimate relationship of hormones, nutrition, gut health, stress, and genetics to restore balance to modern women’s healthcare.
We specialize in holistic women’s healthcare to address common concerns such as:
- Hormonal imbalance, and hormone replacement therapy
- Gynecological care
- Thyroid disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Weight management
Integrative Men’s Health
From environmental factors that disrupt hormone balance to the complex factors that drive cardiovascular disease, men’s health concerns require a holistic approach to effectively address underlying causes. Common men’s health conditions that benefit from holistic medicine include:
- Low testosterone
- Lipids and metabolic function
- Mental health and stress management
- Cardiovascular health
At CentreSpringMD + Pediatrics integrative medical center, we know your child is an individual, and their personalized treatment plan uses the best of holistic medicine and conventional practices. Our team of board-certified, knowledgeable, and compassionate providers are trained in conventional, modern medicine, as well as unique functional modalities to identify and address underlying health issues and create in-depth treatment plans.
Our integrative pediatrics team can help your child with:
- Lactation support
- Developmental and learning assessment (via Brain Boost)
- ADHD, autism, and other spectrum disorders
- Food sensitivity and allergy testing
Is an Integrative Doctor Right for My Family?
Families who seek out a holistic or integrative practice often have a view of the bigger picture of their family’s overall health. You likely understand the value of preventative care, and might enjoy a natural outlook on life, or you may have experienced a health crisis before that was resolved with integrative or functional medicine.
How will you know if a holistic doctor is right for your family? An integrative doctor may be right for your family if:
- You are looking to address a complex or chronic health condition.
- You believe in blending Western medicine with a holistic approach.
- You want to focus as much on prevention as you do on treatment options.
- You want to get to the root cause of your symptoms.
See a Holistic Practitioner From Anywhere
The benefits of personalized, patient-focused care are obvious, but how do you find a holistic practitioner to see? Not every doctor offers this kind of care, and even if you live in a major city, it can be hard to know which office is right for you.
Luckily, 2020 introduced a way to solve that problem. Many integrative medicine clinics offer virtual consultations–including here at CentreSpringMD. Our aim is to make high-quality and board-certified integrative healthcare widely available and accessible as possible. This is extremely important to those who might be hesitant to break away from the sick-care model of conventional medicine due to being unfamiliar.
Even if you aren’t able to make it into our office, you can have access to board-certified, integrative practitioners through secure HIPAA-compliant video calls.
Virtual Visits Makes Holistic Healthcare Accessible
Our online consults are the gateway to healing through services including everything from diet and nutrition coaching, acupuncture, and integrative medicine, to energy healing, ayurveda, and emotional wellness.
Plus, we have invite-only webinars centered around patient education to truly round-out your care bringing you the most current methods and evidence-based information.
For many, this virtual experience means you can start your healing journey with us no matter where you are. From your couch, kitchen table, or office–integrative medicine just got a lot more convenient and accessible.
This is just one more step toward making holistic and whole-body care the standard of modern healthcare. The journey has only begun as we transform medical care to patient-centered, comprehensive, integrative medicine available to everyone who needs it.