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What Is Integrative Medicine

When integrative medicine and health care are woven together patients achieve optimal health benefits. INTEGRATIVE THERAPY

What Is Integrative Medicine

When integrative medicine and health care are woven together patients achieve optimal health benefits.  

Integrative Health Meaning

The relationship between practitioner and patient becomes paramount to create the most effective health care plan. Integrative medicine combines conventional medicine and holistic therapies to enhance a patient’s vitality, focusing on whole body wellness.  

Many people experience feeling like a cog in the wheel of a factory assembly line when it comes to receiving medical care. Healthcare needs feel detached from the individual patient entirely. And unfortunately, when most people go to their doctor for an ailment, they are immediately given a prescription with very little conversation outside of their immediate symptoms.  

This type of interaction between patient and healthcare system can be frustrating and infuriating. Patients crave more and practitioners want to provide more. But how do you define integrative medicine? Integrative medicine is an approach to your healthcare that encapsulates all aspects of you as an individual. Integrative Medicine (IM) values the relationship between mind, body, and spirit to provide total body care. Integrative medicine combines conventional medicine and holistic therapies to enhance a patient’s vitality, focusing on whole body wellness.  

Traditional medical approaches (such as diagnostic tests and medications) will be incorporated with complementary and alternative medical practices. However, it is important to note that the holistic approaches an integrative medicine doctor would incorporate in their treatment is evidence based. This includes scientific research to support its addition to conventional medical practices.  

How Is Integrative Medicine Different?  

Integrative medicine is a health care approach that emphasizes self-healing and whole-body wellness. An IM physician will review non-traditional medical topics such as your emotional state, spiritual state, lifestyle habits, environmental influences that may have an impact on your physical state.  

Integrative medicine emphasizes the relationship between patient and practitioner. In order for your integrative medicine doctor to be able to treat your ailment, they will want to consider all aspects of your life. The relationship between your doctor and yourself should be therapeutic and healing oriented.  

An IM physician will address the root cause of your illness and not just treat your symptoms. By determining what the root is, you and your practitioner can devise a health plan to successfully treat the disease. Your IM provider will take into account other factors in your life that may be preventing the root cause of your illness or disease from fully healing. Patients will work closely with their IM provider to address their immediate health needs while developing a personalized wellness plan that encourages whole body wellness.  

The point of integrative medicine is to maintain your body’s inherent functions at peak performance. Integrative medicine healthcare providers will encourage personal responsibility in their lifestyle choices for their patients. When patients take control of their health care needs, they can be empowered to improve any and all aspects of their health.  

Integrative Medicine Treatments: 

Shakthi Health and Wellness Center offers patients various methods they can include in their daily health routines. And the best way to provide these services is through concierge medicine.  

Our practice offers patient-centered care with emphasis on developing a meaningful rapport with patients. Concierge medicine liberates patients from restrictions that insurance burdens many patients with. Dr. Jyothi Rao makes quality health care accessible to her patients without the restrictions of time limits and jumping through insurance hoops. Her patients are provided with in depth consults with each appointment, reaffirming confidence in their treatment plans.  

Dr. Rao offers patients nutrition recommendations and advice when training for physical activity. She can evaluate your eating habits and determine ideal ways to incorporate plant-based food to improve gut health. Shakthi Health and Wellness Center also offer diagnostic testing to evaluate inflammation levels, hormone balances, and recommendations to reduce stress.  

Other tools Dr. Rao enjoys incorporating for patients are the amethyst bio mat and infrared sauna. Our Bio-Mat is embedded with Amethyst crystals (a quartz mineral) that generates far infrared radiation (FIR) and negative ions when heated. When the body absorbs FIR, circulation is improved, muscle recovery is supported, joint pain can be relieved, all while encouraging healthy cell functioning. An infrared sauna uses infrared lamps that use electromagnetic radiation as opposed to traditional heating elements. This type of sauna penetrates more deeply than warm air, with better intensity at a lower temperature. Our infrared sauna improves sleeps, promotes better circulation, and enhanced recovery for sore muscles. 

Get Started

If you are interested in learning how Integrative Medicine can help you or would like more information about holistic approaches to enhancing your health, CALL Shakthi Health and Wellness Center today! You will speak to one of our dedicated integrative medicine staff members who will set up your consultation with Dr. Jyothi Rao. Dr. Rao is a deeply experienced specialist who will effectively evaluate your symptoms and optimize your body’s vitality. Call (301) 703-5067 and speak to our concierge staff to schedule your appointment today! 

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I came to see Dr. Rao with symptoms of chronic fatigue, abdominal pains, depression, and weight gain. I had seen a couple other doctors and they had found that I had very high inflammation levels and over 15 food allergies/sensitivities. They wanted me to just take prescription drugs, but I wanted more than a quick fix. I wanted my health and my life back!

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At Shakthi, you are met with a breath of fresh air, literally. A swoosh of good smells, ginger tea, a change in the energy that lifts you up before you even begin the treatment you came for. The choices are infinite, the staff warm and welcoming, rest assured you are in good hands.

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Our practice believes enhancing your vitality is possible through holistic lifestyle changes. Integrative medicine focuses on the relationship between your mind, body, and soul. We are mindful of this significant union when supporting your path to whole body wellness. 

Our team is composed of skilled medical professionals who are highly knowledgeable in the practice of holistic integrative therapies. We believe patients shouldn’t have to settle for “quick fixes” for their health.  

Our patients are provided with healing-oriented therapies, combining complementary and conventional medicine to promote whole body wellness.   

Our Center believes in the infinite possibilities of health through finite change to one’s lifestyle. We use diagnostic tests to identify deficiencies and develop treatment plans that puts patients back on the path to health and vitality restoring stability and balance.

We believe patients shouldn’t settle. Our practice is not a revolving door. We listen, and most importantly, we hear you. When it comes to your health and well-being, don’t you want to be heard.