Integrative Medicine: Medical Doctors Recognizing Natural Remedies

June 28, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Integrative


Integrative Medicine

There is a shift in how healthcare professionals are working. More and more, medical practitioners are recognizing the importance and value of different modalities. Practitioners who adopt an integrative medicine approach, seek some scientific evidence that the natural remedy, or modality works beyond than just accepting testimonials as evidence.

Integrative medicine approach could be described as being a conservative approach to using natural remedies, without eliminating, pharmaceutical or medical approaches. It may be the way of the future. Integrated medicine, seeks to use the less intrusive methodologies (usually natural first) then, moving toward pharmaceutical approaches which often has more side-effects.

Scientific Evidence justifies Integrated Medicine

Cardiovascular disease and depression shown successful results from herbal remedies. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and other bowel diseases can also be treated with a combination of natural and medical treatment in tandem. Some herbal remedies can interact with pharmaceutical drugs. Dr. Barrows is a very interesting and entertaining presenter.

This video produced by UCSF, Dr. Barrows, Department of Family and Community Medicine, talks about cardiovascular disease, bowel disorders, and depression using an integrated medicine approach.

If the medical profession is starting to recognize the benefits of natural remedies that for years were unproven, what does that say about other remedies the natural health fields have used, which have not yet been proven in scientific studies? Which is more important empirical evidence or testimonials?

Integrated Medicine Approach for Cardiovascular Disease

Medical doctors are recognizing the benefit of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, or Fish Oil, help in the case of some cardiovascular disorders. Research shows that blood pressure is lowered by the use of fish oil, while the scientific evidence does not show dramatic effect, medical doctors who use an integrative medicine approach, will recognize it is safe and every small improvement is worth it.

Integrative Medicine Approach to Depression

St. Johns Wort has been shown to be as effective in some cases of depression as pharmaceutical remedies. The side-effects of pharmaceuticals may justify using natural remedies according to research.

Integrative Medicine – Utilizing Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to work for pain relief for post-surgery. Acupuncture has also been shown to relieve nausea for chemo patients. Scientific evidence has shown it is effective for treating knee pain. The combination of acupuncture and pharmaceuticals has been shown to increase beneficial results.

Mind Body Connection

Mindfulness medication has been shown to be effective. The studies show it has a mental benefit and helps with head ache, fecal incontinence. Some activities like Tia-Chi and Yoga have shown health benefits for the elderly and for mental health.