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Explanation of Integrative Medicine
Functional Medicine: One of the most rapidly expanding fields of Medicine
In 2014, with the World Wide Web of information at our fingertips, considering the convenience, variety and reliance of knowledge available to the average individual, there is little excuse for remaining in total darkness about much of anything imaginable. This would surely include the opportunity and ability to arm ourselves with enough health facts and medical data to finally and adequately be our own best health advocate.
Thankfully, gone are the days we would enter the Dr's office, merely able to point to where it hurt and tell our family physician how long we had been feeling poorly, adding only that everything we've tried has given no relief. There we sat, concerned, helpless and at the mercy of this person with a stethoscope around his neck. We simply had little to add to the examination and even less ability to understand the medical language being spoken.
Things have changed. Not only in terms of being an active participant in describing our symptoms, using accurate terminology for various parts of our anatomy, but we have a fairly good grasp on any treatments, tests and medications our doctor may discuss with us. This has created a huge improvement in Doctor-patient relationships and overall advantages to our health care. This is especially evident in the practice of Preventative Health programs.
Medical Doctors, family Physicians, Internists, general Practitioners as well as Specialists in numerous fields, have begun to accept and recommend the inclusion of alternative therapies in combination with traditional medicine. It's about time. In fact, as many believe, this is overdue.
Health and Wellness from Mother Nature and many other natural sources.
Inside Each of us is Perfect Health
Integrative or Functional Medicine combines traditional and alternative (aka holistic or complimentary) medical therapies as well as investigation of the complex effects of nutrition on disease and health. These therapies include but are not limited to a combination of traditional therapies and Electro-acupuncture, Botanicals, Chinese Medicine, Arurvedic Medicine, Energy Medicine, Meditation, Hypnotherapy and Nutritional Analysis.
All of the old adages we've heard repeated for years are quite true. "We are what we eat. "An apple a day......" "Moderation in all things" ....the list goes on. The American consumer has become much smarter when choosing the healthier, fresher foods and avoiding sugars, too much fat, high salt content and heaven forbid, artificial flavoring and color! They are filling their grocery carts with fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables, wholesome grains sugar-free and trans-fat-free products.
Does this all really matter in terms of our overall health condition? In study after study of the American diet and it's effects on the human body in every age bracket, those people armed with the knowledge and nutritional facts on purchasing, storing, preparing and consuming food products, showed stunning results. This enlightened group suffered 55% fewer common ailments, 48% fewer critical illnesses and 40% fewer catastrophic disease over a period of a year, when compared to those with a haphazard dietary program. Those are impressive numbers..
When your doctor recommends you see a Nutritionist, pay attention and follow through. Should your Dr. neglect to do this and you feel it is a wise move, find one on your own and make an appointment. You have the right as well as the responsibility to take steps to guard your own health.
Inhale..1-2-3 bend, stretch, Exhale...1-2-3
We Like to Move it, Move it......Physical Activity
If asked to make a list of some benefits to our bodies and overall feeling of wellness achieved through frequent exercise, what do you think you'd include on that list? Would you mention the boost to your circulatory system and agility of range of motion? What of the spring in your step and improved posture? Perhaps you've trimmed down a bit and become more compact.....maybe feel your strength has greatly increased. Let's not forget less joint discomfort and muscle stiffness. If you jotted all of these down on that list, you'd be absolutely correct and given more time to think about this, would come up with several more benefits.
Whatever your reasons (excuses) are for not exercising on a regular basis for at least, 15 continuous minutes, toss out those reasons! Snap out of the fog, get off the couch, make a commitment to yourself and Just Do It! There will be no regrets ever, for this wise decision.
Pilates Routine. Just GREAT!
Ancient Chinese Recipes
Supplements: Vitamins Minerals, Chinese Herbs
How can we know if we have a good balance of vitamins and minerals in our system to achieve optimum energy and vitality? What if we notice some hair loss, a dullness to our complexion or perhaps dry, scaly patches of skin? Providing these are minor issues and you're experiencing no other troublesome symptoms in addition, most of these can be repaired and/or cleared up by adding supplemental products to our daily routine.
This can easily be done with a little independent research, using authenticated articles via the internet and any number of books on the subject written by Holisitc Practitioners, Professional Health Experts and other Certified Clinicians. If you feel you need to consult a Holistic Professional, by all means, go for it.
Chinese Herbalists are a whole other group of experts, who are wonderful diagnosticians. These talented individuals have dedicated many years to extensive and continual study of Herbal remedies and mix their own specially made prescriptions for specific health issues and individual clients. Needless to add, this can get costly.
However, just a word to the wise. A little money spent on the maintenance of our health and toward the concept of prevention, is cash well spent now, in comparison to possible future and astronomical Medical bills.
The Birth of Manipulation/Magnetism Therapy. Current Use and Success.
Franz Anton Mesmer, 1734 -1815, was a German Physician who ultimately came to be referred to as the Father of Hypnosis. Derived from his surname, we acquired the term, "mesmerize," meaning to create a fixed and trance-like condition in a person.
Throughout history and still today, hypnosis is used in hands-on therapy to assist in any number of mental/emotional related issues pertaining to the human psyche and the use of the power of suggestion. Hypnotherapists have been consulted by individuals hoping to achieve the appropriate level of hypnotic stage conducive to powerful suggestion upon the conscious and sub-conscious state of mind. Just a few of the numerous areas that can and have been treated by hypnosis are smoking cessation, control of phobias, weight loss and general relaxation focused on stress-related problems.
Hypnosis sessions have been used quite successfully on victims of crimes and/or severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to assist the client with recalling details of an event, such as faces, colors and particular words or numbers associated with a scenario.. Many documented legal cases of victims being able to recall the sight, sound and smell of an attacker have led to the ultimate discovery of crime suspects. Hypnosis is a powerful tool within Integrative medicine when done properly by an experienced, accredited Hypnotherapist.
Feel free to dig deeper into the study of Functional Medicine. For now, you have a fairly inclusive study of the basics of what is Integrative Medicine. This should encourage you to set up a reasonable program to discuss with your Dr and enough information to know how to collaborate with him/her to insure the very healthiest outcome for you now and into the future of your long and productive life.