Have you ever left a medical appointment with more questions than answers? Would you like to find out why you “just don’t feel well” – and how you might be able to improve your health with lifestyle changes rather than another prescription medication?
If you want to take control of your health, establish a partnership with your physician and feel empowered in your journey to wellness, integrative medicine might be right for you.
Integrative health and medicine:
- Reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient.
- Focuses on the whole person.
- Is informed by evidence.
- Makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and professions to achieve optimal health and healing.
Increasingly, patients are looking to build relationships with their physicians beyond the traditional 15-minute office visit. They’re looking to have a discussion with their providers about their unique wellness challenges and opportunities and to pursue personalized and holistic health-promoting actions and treatments that benefit the mind and body.
When you meet with an integrative medicine practitioner, he or she will listen to your story, not just ask about your symptoms. Your shared goal will be to improve your overall wellness, not just treat a specific disease or symptom. When you focus on “health,” rather than “disease,” you can work together to identify what is out of balance – and strive to bring it back into balance.
Your journey to wellness may combine conventional Western medicine with complementary treatments (sometimes called alternative or naturopathic treatments) like herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation and stress-reducing exercises. You may take a closer look at how lifestyle changes – eating a healthier diet, getting more exercise, quitting smoking or reducing your alcohol or sugar intake – can help you achieve your wellness goals.
Integrative medicine is about education – for both the patient and the provider. It’s about empowering patients to take control of their own health. And it’s a process that treats the underlying cause of a symptom – rather than just that symptom. This may take longer, but it will also have a lasting effect.
Holy Redeemer recently welcomed gynecologist Dr. Dinah Gonzalez to our healthcare family – a women’s health practitioner who believes in the holistic and personalized care that is the hallmark of integrative medicine. Dr. Gonzalez wants to educate and change the way women feel about their health and well-being. She wants to empower patients to become active participants in their own health. To make an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez, call 215-544-5695.
Currently, Holy Redeemer employs 10 integrative medicine physicians. To learn more about how they promote integrative medicine in their practices or to make an appointment, call 215-544-5695.