As integrative medicine practioners, we help our patients focus on lifestyle interventions that activate the body’s natural healing mechanisms to restore wellness. A person who embraces the desire to find wholeness within his own being soon learns the importance of tending to relationships, caring for the planet and our environments, having compassion for humankind in general, and accepting and tolerating differences among a diverse population of people.
There have also been people who were looking to lose weight, get in shape, and start living a healthier lifestyle, those looking for spiritual guidance and mentorship, and just coaching/mentorship in general with whom I’ve had the privilege to work with.
It and other holistic practices are offered at Gundersen. Read about the specific options for becoming a holistic health practitioner and holistic medicine degree programs. Most people who use CAM combine it with conventional medicine, because they perceive the combination to be superior to either alone.
And since science-backed research is still limited, many health insurance plans consider CAM or integrative therapies too experimental and do not cover them In other words, be prepared to pay a pretty penny to take advantage. Dr. Windley recommends the therapy that best serves each patient’s needs, one which will stimulate or facilitate your own natural healing potential.
Nutritional therapy – which focuses on eating or eliminating particular foods, and/or supplementing with vitamins or other nutrients for therapeutic benefit. Ayurveda, like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is an ancient system of healing which has helped people for centuries.