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Is Integrative Medicine Finally In Practice And What Can We Expect Out Of It

For the past few decades, the healthcare system seems to be in one place, mostly residing on insurance programs that aren’t well developed and primary care health centers that do have well-educated young people but don’t have a good system to support various treatments. The problem with conventional medicine is that it is too narrow. What does this mean? Well, conventional medicine doesn’t seem to use either a preventive approach or get too familiar with the patient. On the other hand, it lies on certain principles that have been around for decades and uses the same treatments for a specific disease no matter if the factors surrounding it are different.

And the reason why patients aren’t happy with the public healthcare system and are deciding for more alternative or private health centers is exactly because they don’t feel respected enough, and there have been numerous cases where wrong diagnosis or treatments were applied due to the fact that the physicians didn’t focus on factors that affected the patient. Alternative medicine has been around for some time, but at no point was it accepted as a relevant method that can be applied in healthcare centers and be a replacement for conventional medicine and its ways. On the other hand, integrative medicine is seen as a more developed form of alternative method that uses both a holistic approach and the best techniques of conventional medicine to come up with an effective preventive and on-set treatment. But is it yet in practice, and how can it outweigh conventional medicine? Let’s have a look.

Is Integrative Medicine Yet In Practice 

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Well, a fact is that although it is far away from replacing the methods of conventional medicine, integrative medicine is making its way in our healthcare system and is already showing more than a few advantages that this type of approach can bring. Now, it is becoming a more popular specialty between the primary care physicians as well and in a matter of years, we can expect firm results and proofs that it is the future of our healthcare system. It is better and more effective both for the medical staff, and patients, and focuses more on the person and the environment could have an effect.

How Can it Outweigh Conventional Medicine

First and foremost, integrative medicine has a health and wellness holistic approach. What does this mean? Well, it means that instead of treating the disease once it occurs it focuses on preventing and aims for the overall well-being of potential patients. This is done through education on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, mind-body medicine and expressing the importance of mental health and its potential (positive and negative) effect on almost any condition. Along with that, the primary care physicians focus more on forming a collaborative bond and relationship with the patient that will be based on mutual understanding and listening. This means that the physician will inspect and ask more about the environment the patient is living in, emotional well-being, and lifestyle habits, instead of solely focusing on organs that are damaged. This holistic approach leads to a more effective treatment due to the fact that all the possible factors are taking into consideration and used as a counterpart to treat the disease.


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The integrative medicine has a huge potential, and as we can see after almost a decade of waiting it finally implemented in practice as well. And though it is a young specialty we should stay positive about it and hope for that it can reach its biggest potentials and start a revolution in the healthcare system that has not been changing for decades!

There are many reasons why patients are not happy with what they are getting from the current healthcare system. The lack of respect and treatment is one of those reasons why they are turning to alternative and private health centers. When we add the fact that there are a large number of documented cases where wrong diagnosis and treatments were applied, we are coming to a clear conclusion why s many people are seeking an alternative.

The Potential Advantages Of Integrative Medicine

Our society is constantly moving forward yet it seems that some areas have stopped and simply don’t adapt to the modern approaches. Now, if you are living in the US, you probably now what we are talking about. Yes, the healthcare system. And we are not talking about specialists who aren’t educated – no, there are more than enough extremely good individuals who do their job as is and much better than anyone would expect; we are talking about health system as an area that has problems with adapting any methods that are outside of conventional medicine. Saying this, we mostly think about the uprising specialty called integrative medicine.

Now, integrative medicine is becoming more popular and there are a lot of primary care physicians who are starting to use this approach. But how does it differ from conventional medicine and does it really outweigh the traditional treatments and methods? Well, integrative medicine does combine a holistic approach with medical principles there have been there for centuries. The thing is, this kind of approach offers for a much better relationship between the patient and a primary care physician which can in terms lead to better treatment results as well. Still, this specialty has yet to grow and we cannot come with a final verdict on it, but from what we know for now it does have more than a few advantages over conventional medicine. Let’s have a look.

How Can Integrative Medicine Outweigh Conventional Methods

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1. First and foremost, the main difference between integrative and conventional medicine is that the first one focuses more on prevention. Instead of waiting for the disease to occur it uses a more preventive approach educating potential patients on the matter, and how to maintain over health and wellness It also focuses on mind-body medicine and the fact that almost every disease comes from the state of mind.

2. As mentioned above, the integrative medicine goes for a more holistic approach where the primary care physician does inspect all the factors that could have had affected the patient’s current condition. What does this mean? Well, while the conventional medicine only looks at organs and how to make things better, integrative medicine includes factors like environment, social situation, mental well-being and lifestyle habits that could have affected the current condition.

3. Integrative medicine has a goal to create a much better relationship between the patient and primary care physician – a relationship that is based on understanding and collaboration. And that is the reason why it might yield better results – a healthcare system where patient knows that his condition and factors that surround it are properly treated and looked at.

4. The reason that it can be so effective is that it combines allopathic methods, with alternative treatments and certain principles that conventional medicine has been lying on for centuries. As it can be used both to prevent and treat the disease, integrative medicine seems to be just the thing that our healthcare system needs.


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As you can see, there are numerous benefits that integrative medicine could allow. It is yet to be developed and practiced so before more years and empirical results we can’t come out with a final verdict – still, we can safely say that it does come with positive and good intentions, and if applied well, it can be revolutionizing for the health system that we know.

Over the past few decades, it has been noticed a significant drop in the quality of our healthcare system. We can often hear about physicians that opt for a wrong treatment, or they are wrong with the diagnosis. Those and the lack of respect that people get from public healthcare centers are the reasons why so many are seeking help from private healthcare centers.