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Q: What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine INTEGRATES body-mind-spirit and finds the bridges between the many therapeutic approaches of western medicine, other healing systems, and ancient wisdom.
We learn that wellness requires health in all 3 realms of body, mind and sprit, and that disorder in anyone leads to disorder in the whole.
We learn that awareness can lead to change.
Ancient Ideas and thousands of years of experience flow together in an exciting metamorphosis as we move into the next century of the healing arts.
Q: What is an Integrative Medicine Physician?
An Integrative Medicine Physician is a Medical Doctor, with traditional western medical training. In addition to knowledge within this dimension, the physician has special skills in several other areas. Although no one person can be expert in all fields, familiarity, comfort and skill in several of the following areas is useful: behavioral medicine, manual medicine, acupuncture, counseling, interactive imagery, medical hypnosis, movement therapy, osteopathy, dietary, chiropractic, herbology, homeopathy, other massage and energetic techniques and many others. Each physician finds his/her own special blend of techniques to address body-mind-spirit disharmony.
The word "doctor" means "teacher." An important role of the physician is to teach the person how to access the innate healing power within each of us and to take personal power and responsibility in pursuit of wellness.
Q: What kinds of health issues can be approached with Integrative Medicine?
Chronic pain and chronic illness for which the traditional western medical approaches have been less than satisfactory or has been incomplete lend themselves well to this format. Growing through the life-changing challenges of any significant illness is a part of the Integrative approach. Patients with chronic headache, low back pain, neck and arm pain, repetitive motion injuries, insomnia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, fibromyalgia, and many other illnesses often find this work meaningful and helpful .
Q: What is a typical visit like?
Each doctor evolves his/her own way. My present practice is to work with a person for about two hours. This enables ample time to debrief, plan, talk, listen, counsel, etc. as well as doing some manual medicine work, acupuncture, and interactive imagery.
Q: What does a typical course of treatment involve?
No two cases are exactly the same. If a course of treatment is going to be effective, this becomes apparent within 3-4 visits. If there is no improvement after just a few treatments, another approach needs to be considered. If there is a good initial response, often 6-12 visits over a three to four month period will shift the momentum toward healing. Many patients find a rhythm in their symptoms and choose to work monthly. Some patients suspend treatment and "wait and see," scheduling visits as needed.
Q: How much does it cost?
Cost is a complicated idea. The cost in time and commitment, both on the part of the patient and the doctor is high. The cost in dollars is variable,and depends on how many sessions can be reasonably expected to be needed.This is a case-by-case determination.