It’s no secret that managing your health in the modern era can be confusing and overwhelming. We are constantly bombarded with contradictory research, new fads, and non-professionals telling us what is best for our unique bodies. For many people, this chaos can lead to “flight mode,” in which we avoid confronting health concerns altogether.
But fear not – there is a way forward! If allopathic medicine has failed to help you navigate your health, but you still want to rely on evidence-based treatment, consider working with an integrative doctor.
Integrative medicine involves examining the whole person, including the mind, body, and soul. At Seed and Soil Wellness, we acknowledge that a person's unique history and range of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs play a role in one's overall health. So, let's explore the health benefits of integrative medicine.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Many modern medical practitioners provide symptom-based solutions to health concerns. In most cases, this fails to address the underlying root causes of symptoms or a condition. With evidence-based modalities and techniques, our integrative practitioners take a look at every aspect of your health to paint an overall picture of your body's current state.
Integrative medical practitioners operate with the understanding that you, as the patient, are your greatest healthcare advocate.
The relationship between you and your provider is a balanced dynamic to support your healing, emphasizing your body's powerful ability to heal as it was impressively designed to.
Through a combination of conventional healthcare approaches, such as lab work, medication, psychotherapy, and complementary treatments such as herbal supplementation or near-infrared light therapy, your integrative practitioner will help you "integrate" all components of your well-being.
Building Your Healthcare Team
Countless holistic modalities can help you achieve optimal health. It will likely serve you best to have one primary practitioner who deeply understands your health history and can recommend other therapists and practitioners to help you feel your best.
At Seed and Soil Wellness, our chiropractic doctor, Dr. Damon, will help you gather a full picture of your health as well as help you regain balance and control through several holistic pathways:
In conjunction with your journey at Seed and Soil Wellness, Dr. Damon may recommend practitioners who can help you heal, such as:
Holistic mind-body psychotherapists
Lymphatic massage therapists
Tai chi practitioners
Who Benefits from Integrative Medicine?
Anyone can benefit from integrative medicine even if they feel healthy. Those with chronic symptoms or complex conditions, such as autoimmunity or certain pathogens, may find this kind of approach particularly impactful. If you struggle with any of the following symptoms or diagnoses, contact our integrative clinic today.
Acute and chronic pain
Headaches and migraines
Cancer and cancer-related side effects
Sinus issues/flu symptoms
Menstrual pain or PMS
Mental and emotional health challenges
High blood pressure (hypertension)
In holistic medicine, there is a general pattern observed: stress leads to inflammation and inflammation leads to disease-state activity. Stress occurs when our body feels that it is facing a threat. While this can be highly beneficial in certain states, such as when we suffer from an acute injury or find ourselves in a dangerous situation, our nervous systems can get “stuck” this way if we struggle with chronic stress. This can hinder healing and even cause health issues in the first place.
By following the protocol developed by Dr. Damon for your unique situation, you will create an environment to promote relaxation, reduce stress, lower inflammation, and stimulate the body's ability to heal.
Are There Any Risks of Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine modalities are generally incredibly safe with low risk, especially compared to a lot of medications that may prove to be necessary once following an integrative medicine protocol.
However, there are circumstances where integrative medicine may not be adequate on its own, such as aggressive cancers, severe physical trauma, or emergency medical conditions.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
This is why working with an integrative doctor before you notice any symptoms is so effective.
If you find yourself in an emergency medical situation, don’t be afraid to go to the hospital to receive allopathic treatment. However, make sure to follow up with your integrative doctor to provide support as you heal, as many allopathic treatments can take their toll on the body.
Learn More > How an Alternative Approach Compares to Allopathic Medicine
Take Back Control of Your Health with Seed & Soil
Taking control of your health with an integrative doctor is a great way to improve your overall health and well-being. Integrative doctors are trained to provide comprehensive care that addresses the mind, body, and spirit.
If you are looking for a doctor who will truly partner with you on your journey to optimal health, consider scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Damon at Seed and Soil Wellness. Together, we’ll create a customized plan to meet your unique needs so you can get back to feeling your best.