If you ever think that you would have been preferred to live at some point in the long past, rather than in today’s world, then it’s worthwhile looking at the state of healthcare in the old days. If you were going to transport yourself back then, you would have to contend with unsanitary conditions and painful medical procedures. Thankfully, today we’ve moved beyond that. And indeed, things are only going to get better.
In recent times, there’s been a shift towards integrative care, which is an approach that focuses on the overall patient, rather than just the specific illness or other medical issue that they’re experiencing. It was developed on the assumption that the whole body is interconnected; if your mental health is poor, then it’s likely that your physical health will be poor, too.
This approach opens up the level and quality and range of treatments available to a patient. While there are some medical issues that are best treated using a more direct method (such as a broken leg, for example), there are others where focusing on various factors has been shown to be effective. This is true in cases such as stress related illnesses, cancer, and chronic pain.
Ultimately, the benefits of integrative medicine are plentiful, since they improve the patient experience, help doctors to understand more about various conditions, and also helps the patient more — they’re not just treated for a physical condition, but their mind and spiritual sides are nourished too. Learn more by taking a look at the infographic below.
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