Using synthetic drugs and surgery to treat health conditions was known just a few decades ago as simply, medicine. Today this system is increasingly being referred to as “conventional medicine,” and it is often expensive and invasive. It is very useful at emergencies and crisis management and it is the kind of medicine most Americans still encounter in hospitals and clinics. Some conventional medicine is scientifically validated, some is not.
Any therapy that is excluded by conventional medicine, and that patients use instead of conventional medicine, is known as “alternative medicine.” It is a catch all phrase that includes hundreds of old and new practices ranging from acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, nutrition and homeopathy. Alternative therapies are generally closer to nature, cheaper and less invasive. Some alternative medicine is scientifically validated, some is not.
We recognize and respect the value of both conventional and alternative/naturopathic medicine and are of the belief that all methods have their place, depending upon circumstances. For example, if you break your leg, go straight to the emergency room, do not come to our office!
Enter Integrative Medicine. As defined by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) at the National Institutes of Health, integrative medicine “combines mainstream medical therapies and alternative therapies where there is some high quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.”
In other words, Integrative Medicine is a healing oriented medicine that combines the best of naturopathic, alternative, homeopathic and conventional medicine. It is quite simply the best of all worlds where you the patient are the central focus, not the treatment, drug or procedure.
The principles of Integrative Medicine are:
- A partnership between patient and doctor in the healing process.
- Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing process.
- Consideration of factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
- A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
- Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms.
- Use of natural, safe, effective and less invasive interventions whenever possible.
- Use of the broader concepts of health promotion and disease prevention in addition to the mere treatment of disease and illness.
At Arizona Prohealth (AZP™), you will receive the most affordable and effective integrative medical and wellness care in Arizona. Additionally, you get access to our exclusive treatment strategy IDNS™ or Identify, Detoxify, Nutrify, Standby. Which when combined with a little effort and teamwork is virtually guaranteed to improve your health.
Give us a call at 480-831-7970 to learn more or provide your information at “Contact Us” and an Arizona Prohealth (AZP™) associate will contact you very soon.