Considering Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is often referred to as a way of “complementing” our wellness regimen by enhancing our body, mind and spirit experiences. What does that mean?

First, Integrative Medicine is not to be considered a “substitute for conventional medicine”. However, it can help with treating your well-being by “adding” to your regular medical program.

Second, some complementary/integrative methods are: Aromatherapy, Music Therapy, Acupuncture, Meditation, and Dietary Supplements. Living Senior has posted articles on these topics in the past: Links to My Other Posts | livingsenior.me

Third, let’s explore some ideas that can help with our wellness regimen, which are considered complementary.

A friend called my attention to the People’s Pharmacy, which began in 1976 to aide us in making decisions about medical and alternative treatments. They also have a database of Home Remedies at this link: Home Remedies | The People’s Pharmacy (peoplespharmacy.com)

A source I use for Integrative medicine guidelines, and how to understand the different terminology is Dr. Andrew Weil. He has been a pioneer in Integrative Medicine for thirty years.

You can signup for his newsletters at the link below:
DrWeil.com Newsletters | Andrew Weil, M.D.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NICCIH)- is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. At the link below you can view videos which provide information on: Pain Management, and the benefits of Yoga, Acupuncture and Meditation.

NCCIH Videos | NCCIH (nih.gov)

Exploring Integrative Medicine gives us the opportunity to actively participate in our well-being regimen. It is an approach to wellness, which goes beyond treating our health challenges specifically focused on the disease. It introduces us to an “out of the box” system in achieving a positive health experience using various approaches. With this method we can have the benefit of a wide-range of health professionals to gain information and enhance our medical treatment.

Sources: People’s Pharmacy
Home of the People’s Perspective on Medicine | The People’s Pharmacy
About The People’s Pharmacy | The People’s Pharmacy (peoplespharmacy.com)

Sources: Dr. Andrew Weil
Why Integrative Medicine Is Good Medicine | by Andrew Weil, M.D. | Thrive Global | Medium
Andrew Weil, M.D. | DrWeil.com | Integrative Medicine & Healthy Living

Sources:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (nih.gov)

What is Integrative Medicine: Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center (hopkinsmedicine.org)

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