Integrative medicine is a comprehensive medical approach that uses treatments, therapies and procedures from both traditional and alternative medicine. It focuses on addressing the underlying causes of health concerns instead of applying a temporary, topical solution. This approach to medicine can be applied to anyone, of any age or gender. There are pediatricians who practice integrative medicine and can provide a complete picture of health for children. This approach is very practical because it is not biased; it utilizes all types of treatment, as long as there is evidence to support its efficacy.
What is an integrative pediatrician?
Integrative pediatricians practice pediatric integrative medicine. Pediatric integrative medicine is an evidence-based approach that focuses on maximizing therapeutic benefit to the patient by integrating complementary and conventional therapies. The integration of complementary therapies into practice depends on the same evidenced-based approach used for conventional therapies. To be comprehensive, accurate data about both efficacy and safety are needed. These pediatricians are well-versed in a number of effective therapies, from both conventional and alternative medicine, and can accurately discern whether or not a specific treatment would be likely to help a certain patient, either by relieving symptoms or by addressing the root cause of their condition.
What is the difference between conventional medicine and integrative medicine?
Conventional medicine, also known as traditional medicine, Western medicine and even insurance medicine, is the medical approach embraced by mainstream healthcare and medical practitioners. It effectively addresses serious and urgent medical conditions such as physical trauma, broken bones and heart attacks. These conditions are typically treated using a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model, such as with patented pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. This is essential for emergency room visits. However, if symptoms are not easily defined or diagnosed, or if doctors are not able to provide answers or a resolution for a specific medical concern, conventional medicine often falls short.
Integrative medicine takes a different approach: it prioritizes a close patient-practitioner relationship, focuses on prevention and aims to treat injuries and illnesses in the least invasive and most productive way possible. To encourage the body’s natural healing response, it utilizes both conventional and alternative methods of treatment. In addition to this, it largely focuses on identifying the root cause of physical symptoms, which are the body’s external warning signs that something is awry internally. To optimize health and prevent disease, physicians are able to treat the person as a whole—mind, body, and spirit— by taking all factors that influence health and wellness into consideration. During an initial consultation, the physician will develop a plan of action based on all of the aspects of a patient’s history, physiology, environment, and current lifestyle.
What conditions can be treated using an integrative approach?
An integrative medical approach can be used to treat a wide number of conditions, both acute and chronic, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
What’s the benefit of seeing an integrative pediatrician?
Integrative pediatricians provide a long list of amazing benefits, because:
- They treat the person as a whole
- They identify the root cause of the condition
- They save money on long-term health expenses
- They listen and want to learn about each patient’s lifestyle, needs, and beliefs
- They provide options beyond pills to manage illness
If you want to help your children improve their overall health, come to Pediatric Associates of Frisco, TX today. Our kind and compassionate pediatricians are experienced providers of integrative medicine and take every aspect of your child’s health into consideration to provide them with a more complete picture of care. Call us today at (972) 324-3366 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 9191 Kyser Way, Suite 405, Frisco, TX 75033. Our clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX, and Dallas TX. Looking forward to serve you!