What is integrative medicine?
By integrative medicine we mean the synergy between Western medicine and natural medicine. It involves the use of procedures supported by scientific rigor from both traditional Western medicine that we all know and natural medicine. In our case, we use techniques from traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, phytotherapy, homeopathy and medical nutrition, as well as neurosensory stimulation techniques, specifically from psycho-audiology or the Tomatis technique. It is a new paradigm or archetype in the evaluation and assessment of the processes that affect health and disease since it involves overcoming this artificial conceptual barrier that separates conventional medicine from natural medicine and merging it into a unitary concept.
How is the patient’s problem approached?
Integrative medicine unites the best of Western medicine, which is its technical preciosity and its great knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the person, with a special sensitivity, a sensitivity that consists in considering the person as a holistic being, where both his physical world and his psychic world, as well as his emotional world, are valued. Integrative medicine also strives to offer an individualized treatment because we are very clear that different people in front of the same disease can react in different ways, this is what is called the reactional mode. Therefore, by combining the technical refinement of conventional medicine with the emotional and personal sensitivity of integrative medicine, we are able to offer effective, efficient treatments and above all with a low rate of side effects.
What type of patients is integrative medicine aimed at?
Integrative medicine is aimed at those patients who appreciate the great value of joining a deep knowledge of physiology and anatomy, of health and disease, a holistic knowledge of the person where the psychic, physical and emotional aspects of the person are valued equally. It is also aimed at patients who value being treated in an effective and efficient manner and with a low rate of side effects. It is also aimed at those patients who value the fact that integrative medicine is in medical hands, thus avoiding the potentially serious side effects derived from the treatment of these diseases by non-medical naturopaths who, due to an obvious lack of training, do not know the details of the diseases they can treat.
What specific pathologies have been treated with integrative medicine?
As pioneers in integrative medicine in Spain, I can contribute with our experience in the treatment of the following processes:
Stability and balance disorders, hypoacusis, deafness, ear noises also called tinnitus, hyperacusis, voice, speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders, recurrent infections, allergies, nasal and/or mouth breathing problems, chronic serous otitis, child development problems, psychomotor retardation, school maladjustment, hyperactivity, attention disorders, intelligibility problems with or without hypoacusis, listening disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, headaches, migraines, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, jaw joint disorders, sleep disorders, insomnia, sleep apneas, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, infertility, smoking cessation and also in the prevention and treatment of physical, psychological and emotional adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I am one of those who believe that integrative medicine, given its capacity to adapt to the different complex terrain of the human being, is one of the medicines called to be the medicine of the future.
Can you give us a concrete example of integrative medicine?
I can explain several. I will tell the example of a girl who had fibromyalgia and became pregnant. Then, during the pregnancy period, we promoted homeopathic treatments because they are innocuous, while after the pregnancy we used other therapeutic techniques depending on the evolution of her case.
We can also talk about certain cases of instability, anxiety and mood alterations, which through a combined protocol between acupuncture, phytotherapy and homeopathy we achieved very convincing results so that we could avoid a good part of the side effects derived from the use of antidepressants and anxiolytics.
Another interesting case is the case of chronic pain that benefits very well from acupuncture so that we can avoid the side effects of taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the classic Ibuprofen and derivatives, for a long time, without renouncing their occasional intake in certain specific cases.
I could talk more but the list could be long and I think that the proof is in the pudding.