Integrative Medicine FAQs

Integrative medicine focuses on treating the whole patient, which includes physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness. This modern approach combines conventional medical practices, such as medications or surgery, with complementary alternative therapies, such as acupuncture or hypnotherapy. In Stuart, FL, integrative medicine is offered by Dr. Lisa Rankin and Dr. Melissa Singer at Coastal Integrative Medicine. 

What Is the Difference Between Traditional and Integrative Medicine?

The primary focus of traditional medicine is typically on treating the physical symptoms of illness and disease using conventional methods, such as prescription medications or surgical procedures. Integrative medicine seeks to identify the underlying cause of a patient’s symptoms and treat the cause in addition to the symptoms.  

Doctors who practice an integrative approach to medicine utilize both conventional and holistic or alternative treatment methods. The goal is to promote better health and wellness for the whole individual, which includes the body, mind, and soul. Examples of alternative therapies that can be integrated with conventional treatments include supplements, yoga, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and counseling.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Integrative Medicine?

We treat a broad range of illnesses, diseases, and conditions at our office in Stuart, FL, using integrative medicine. Our experienced doctors seek to treat both existing symptoms and the root cause of the problem. Examples of just some of the conditions that can be treated with integrative medicine include:

  • Acute illness
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Autoimmune disorders 
  • Hormone imbalances 
  • Food sensitivities 
  • Sinus problems
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity 
  • ADHD  

What Are the Benefits of Integrative Medicine? 

Integrative medicine offers patients numerous benefits with regard to overall health and wellbeing. One of the major benefits of an integrative medicine approach is that the whole individual is treated, not just symptoms. Doctors look at a variety of factors, including biological, psychological, environmental, and social, when developing a treatment plan. An added benefit of taking all these things into account is that treatment is personalized and tailored to the needs of the individual patient. 

Another benefit of integrative medicine is that it utilizes a diverse range of treatment options that includes conventional and alternative methods. Not everyone responds well to traditional treatments, such as prescription medications. Incorporating alternative therapies, such as herbal supplements, into the treatment plan ensures patients have access to treatment methods that are right for them. Further, many of the alternative or complementary therapies used in integrative medicine are less invasive than conventional methods. 

Integrative medicine helps individuals enjoy better overall health and wellness by offering a diverse range of treatments and therapies from both traditional and alternative medicine. For integrative medicine in Stuart, FL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rankin or Dr. Singer by calling Coastal Integrative Medicine at (772) 344-1409.

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