Integrative & Conventional Medicine
What Kind of Medical Care is Offered? Two forms of medical care are offered, conventional medicine and integrative medicine. Conventional medical care is based on practices found in mainstream medical physicians’ offices and hospitals. Integrative medicine augments mainstream conventional medicine using knowledge and technology found in other forms of healing arts and sciences collectively known as complementary and alternative medicine or as the acronym CAM.
Complementary means to make conventional medicine more complete and alternative means to be used instead of conventional medicine. Together complementary and alternative medicine comprise what is called unconventional medicine. Examples of CAM practices which have been refined over thousands of years are acupuncture and herbal medicine. Others based upon more recent scientific discoveries and experience such as modern vitamin and mineral supplements and various forms of CAM Electro-dermal Testing ** are relatively new.
Being no one system of medical care offers the most effective, safest, and most economical care to all individuals at all times, integrating wisdom and technology from different forms of medical systems from around the world offers solutions for individual health care needs which are not adequately addressed by one health care system alone.
Mainstream antibiotics may be appropriate quick fixes for a person with an acutely infected sore throat or pneumonia. Concerns why the person is susceptible to such infections, how to strengthen the body to facilitate overcoming such infection and how to prevent future illnesses of these and other kinds would likely be more effectively handled via integrative medicine.
At time the beginning your visit, you will be asked what you wish to have accomplished, what your concerns are, and how you wish to have them addressed in order to pace your office visit for maximum efficiency in the scheduled time allotted. You may elect to have purely conventional methods of care or integrative methods. Explanation of advantages or disadvantages of different options is provided upon request. You will be asked before leaving if you have any questions unanswered or intentions unfulfilled? Often complicated cases, requirements for lengthy discussion, and late requests to address needs not revealed in the beginning of the visit require more time than scheduled. If more time is needed you may reschedule for the amount of projected time necessary.
** CAM Electro-Dermal Testing is a method with roots in both Eastern and Western medicine that aids in diagnosis and in choosing which pharmaceutical medications, vitamins, herbs or other substances are likely to be most helpful or harmful and in which combinations by integrating electromagnetic energy patterns on various points on the skin with that of substances tested, without having to take these substances internally. Electro-dermal testing may also be used among other things to screen drugs, nutritional supplements, and foods for probability of causing allergic reactions in different individuals, without having to hazard taking the substances tested internally puncturing the skin with needles. Various conventional diagnostic systems that also rely on sensing electromagnetic changes on the skin, including electrocardiography and biofeedback.