Should integrated medicine be a part of your healthcare routine?

As the term suggests, integrated or integrative medicine is an approach that combines evidence-based mainstream medicine with complementary and alternative therapies . This approach acknowledges although definitive scientific proof may be lacking for complementary and alternative practices, there is enough evidence to suggest they may be helpful and safe. Watch the accompanying video to learn more about integrated medicine. It features an interview with an internal medicine specialist at MountainView Hospital.

Integrated medicine for preventive health
Preventive health is the focus on reducing the risk of medical problems, including chronic diseases like heart disease and everyday ailments like respiratory infections. Many physicians already do recommend an integrated approach to sustaining health.

As you watch the featured video, take note of what this doctor says about nutrition, physical activity and stress. He explains the importance and the challenges of maintaining a balance in life, such as by not eating too much or too little, and not exercising too much or too little. The right balance of lifestyle choices will help support your health for your lifetime—and your physician can help you weigh those choices.

Integrated medicine for pain management
Every person deserves to enjoy a pain-free life, but millions suffer from chronic pain . Chronic pain can take a toll on quality of life, mental health, productivity and even family relationships. Long-term pain reliever use isn’t generally recommended, either, because of side effects and the potential for dependence.

Doctors who embrace integrated medicine may recommend a combination of drug treatments and non-drug therapies. These non-drug therapies, some of which are listed below, may help patients reduce their medication dosages.

  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture/acupressure
  • Chiropractic
  • Mindfulness
  • Biofeedback
  • Meditation

These complementary techniques, when combined with mainstream medicine, can bring relief to patients suffering from a variety of health problems. These include cancer, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

The doctors and nurses at MountainView Hospital are committed to facilitating optimal health outcomes, because we live and work in the same Las Vegas community as our patients. From stroke care and emergency care to robotic surgery and bariatric weight loss, our commitment to quality and compassion is evident in all that we do. A registered nurse is available 24/7 to take your non-emergency-related phone call at (702) 962-5021.

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