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By Olivia Cross
When it comes to emergencies like strokes, heart attacks and automobile accidents, we are all grateful for high-tech, high-powered conventional medicine. When afflicted with less life-threatening but nonetheless debilitating conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or ADHD, western medicine often falls short. Maybe it’s lack of resources, maybe its lack of interest or maybe just snobbery. A new approach is emerging that combines what are sometimes called alternative treatment approaches with evidence-based medicine. In particular integrative medicine nyc is gaining momentum.

The integrated, or holistic, approach to health care has opened up a new world of treatment options that the patient of a decade ago could not access. Perfectly viable and effective treatment approaches, such as osteopathy and acupuncture, have been gradually accumulating a validating evidence base.

Integrated health also embraces a holistic approach to health maintenance. Osteopaths and chiropractors have been doing this for years. That is why they are so friendly and chatty while they are manipulating your muscles, bones and joints together. They are not just making conversation like your hairdresser or barber, they are gaining vital clues about your personality and lifestyle so they can provide a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs and situation.

Much of conventional medicine is devoted to managing crises, while the integrated approach is tuned to maintaining good health. An orthopedic surgeon treating a patient with knee pain might elect to “wait” until the pain and dysfunction warrant a joint replacement. An integrated health care professional might offer advice on diet and exercise. A chiropractor or osteopath can apply a hands-on approach to successfully reduce pain and restore function and range of motion.

An integrated health practitioner might ask probing questions about dry eyes and constant thirst or perform a simple five-minute test and diagnose Sicca Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the secretory glands in addition to manifesting itself in overwhelming fatigue along with joint and muscle pain. Here, the doctor might prescribe a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) such as hydroxychloroquine. While antidepressants may still be indicated for symptom control, it is important to treat the underlying disease.

Integrated health care has been riding a wave of popularity since the 1990s, backed by such big names as Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Charles Windsor, Prince of Wales. By the end of the 20th century, the a consortium for integrative medicine among academic health centers had been established, soon growing to a membership of 57 within just over a decade. Among its members is the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Medical School.

Integrative approaches to health care are less invasive than conventional medicine and, in many cases, less costly. Rather than surgical or medical modes of treatment, holistic practitioners are more likely to rely on tai chi, meditation, nutrition, and yoga. Biofeedback and stress reduction are also well-used tools in the holistic practitioner’s repertoire.

Patients and doctors alike are becoming more open-minded about integrated health. In order to succeed, it depends on a partnership between the healer and the patient. The aim here is to heal the mind and the spirit along with the body. New York City, being one of the most stressful environments on the planet, can certainly gain from a more relaxing approach to health and well-being.

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