What Is Integrative Medicine?

If every person is unique and has individual needs, shouldn’t health care be a customized service? Mark P. Schumacher, MD, certainly thinks so. 

That’s why he offers integrative medicine ― the practice of treating you as a whole person, not as a health condition or a set of symptoms ― at his medical aesthetics and OB/GYN practice in Reno, Nevada.

Integrative medicine emphasizes a partnership between doctor and patient, overriding the typical “get in, get out” model of health care in modern medicine.

With that, here are four things that make integrative medicine so special. 

1. Patient-doctor partnership

If you’ve ever felt shorted by a doctor, you already understand the need for integrative medicine. The typical health care model today involves shuffling as many patients as possible in and out of a clinic on any given day. With integrative medicine, you have an opportunity to slow down and actually make connections with your provider. 

This means your health care can be uniquely individualized, which ultimately results in a much healthier you. Integrative medicine in one area, such as gynecological health, can transfer into other areas as well, such as weight management and hormonal health. In other words, you get more bang for your buck. 

2. Healthy-living model 

Integrative medicine focuses largely on preventive care, or stopping diseases before they start. As such, integrative medicine practitioners typically emphasize “lifestyle medicine,” which refers to lifestyle practices and habits that, in essence, act as medicine to prevent diseases. 

When working with an integrative medicine doctor such as Dr. Schumacher, you’ll notice a deep focus on taking care of yourself through exercise, nutrition, mindfulness and meditation, sleep, hydration, stress management, and other day-to-day healthy-living practices.

3. Conventional and alternative methods

Whenever possible, integrative medicine uses the least invasive treatments for health conditions. These are often referred to as complementary or alternative medicine practices. Patients of integrative medicine doctors often engage in gentle but effective treatments, such as acupuncture, massage, and dietary supplementation, before resorting to conventional treatments, such as surgery and prescription medications. 

4. Treating the whole person

Integrative medicine focuses on the person as a whole. That includes your body, of course, but also your mind, spirit, and soul. Integrative medicine practitioners, such as Dr. Schumacher, are aware that physical ailments are often closely tied to emotional ones, so Dr. Schumacher will treat or refer out accordingly. 

To learn more about integrative medicine and how it can support your gynecological health, book an appointment over the phone with the practice of Mark P. Schumacher, MD, today.

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