It is an unfortunate truth that most people see things in black and white. It is usually assumed that you will take one side or the other in different situations. For example, most people identify as either Democrat or Republican. Black or white. The same is true when it comes to medicine. Most people try to fall within the conventional medicine camp or come down on the side of natural medicine. In reality, a combination of both is best for optimal health.
Conventional Vs. Natural Medicine
Conventional medicine refers to the medicine practiced by most doctors and hospitals in the United States. Conventional medical treatments usually include medications and other manufactured therapies. Natural medicine refers to more traditional medical treatments, such as herbal supplements and applications. Both of these types of medicine have their benefits and limitations. Instead of trying to decide which one is better, you should find a doctor who is willing to incorporate both as the need arises.
Complementary or Integrative Medicine
When natural medicine and treatments are used on their own, it is called alternative medicine. But when natural medicine is used in conjunction with conventional medicine, it is called complementary or Integrative medicine. Integrative medicine strives to use the best treatment for the medical condition at hand, whether that be a natural remedy or a pharmaceutical or surgical solution. The medical conditions that benefit most from complementary medicine include surgical concerns, different types of cancer, and other serious and minor health conditions.
If you are interested in learning more about how Integrative medicine can help you, contact us today for more information. We use a combination of natural and conventional medicine to give you the best health possible. Our physicians are Board Certified and have additional rigorous training and certification from The Institute of Functional Medicine. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.