More and more people have been embracing integrative medicine as a viable approach to healing than ever before.
Rather than utilizing strictly conventional or alternative treatments, integrative medicine combines both to identify, cure, manage and/or prevent the root causes of a patient's health problem, whether physical, emotional or spiritual.
Integrative medicine is officially defined by the American Board of Integrative Medicine® and nonprofit Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine as “the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”
Integrative medical care encompasses a wide range of alternative treatments that can be used as complementary therapies.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Chiropractic Care
- Neurofeedback Therapy
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
Two specific therapies have been sharing an exceptional amount of buzz among patients:
Detox programs & IV vitamin drips
The goal of detox programs and IV vitamin drips is to fuel the body as naturally as possible, with organic substances that offer high levels of nutritional value for better skin and more energy, among other extraordinary advantages.
Detox programs intend to remove unhealthy substances and chemicals from the body, and raise awareness about the importance of a healthy diet. Part of a detox diet involves taking certain supplements and drinking shakes, which are chosen specifically for the exact program. These help detox your body, leaving you feeling revitalized.
There are various types of detox programs available for men and women. These usually involve similar schedules, but the supplements and shakes may differ based on the specifications of a particular program and the individual's needs.
Those undergoing a detox diet could benefit in several ways, including:
One of the reasons someone may go on a detox diet is to lose weight. Quality programs are designed to help you stop craving unhealthy foods that could not only cause you to gain back lost pounds, but also jeopardize your overall health and happiness in the long-term. They’re also developed with the intent to balance the body’s alkaline levels to keep it functioning properly.
Preventing Future Health Issues
It’s important to be proactive with your health. Taking the necessary steps to prevent issues from developing will give you greater opportunities to experience optimal health. Detox programs aim to help save people from going through treatments for a potentially preventable ailment. For example, those maintaining a healthy weight tend to be less susceptible to developing Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, among other disorders.
Detox programs could help to manage stress. When you learn to pay closer attention to what you’re eating and how it affects your body and your mind, too, you’ll be less likely to overeat, as explained in a 2014 article published by magazine Psychology Today. This is extremely important, since stress is often connected to food preferences, too.
Increasing Energy Levels
Another study shared in 2016 by ScienceDirect, a scientific and medical research website, concludes that stress appears to have an impact on a person’s metabolism and energy levels. Furthermore, the foods you eat affect energy levels, too. Consuming natural, healthy substances can revitalize your body from the inside out. Not only will you feel and look different, giving you newfound confidence, you’ll also likely notice a change in your energy levels, mood, and even sex drive.
Improving Your Overall Health
When you participate in detox program, you are giving your body an opportunity to heal and rejuvenate so that you may experience life at its fullest. From clear skin and voluminous hair to a healthier heart and body weight, the benefits to a detox program are great.
Detox programs usually take about 21 days to complete, but this can vary, depending on the provider and type of program. Your provider is your partner in health and will offer detailed manuals and instructions to help guide you through this experience, as well as motivate you every step of the way.
IV Vitamin Drips
Vitamin drips, also referred to as vitamin or IV nutritional therapy, have been gaining publicity in recent years due to celebrities who’ve been receiving the treatment. Such therapies help transport nutrients right to the body’s cells.
As Dr. Kristine Blanche, PA.-C., Ph.D. of New York-based Integrative Healing Center explains on her website: Vitamin therapy is “just that: intravenous vitamins. A lot of us take supplements. We take vitamins. We know it gives us energy. We know it makes us feel better—maybe sleep better.”
“IV vitamins are my secret weapon for energy,” she continues. “They help my adrenal glands stay healthy. They help my immune system.”
Some key benefits to receiving vitamin therapy include:
According to Dr. Blanche, the main advantage of vitamin drips is their ability to increase energy levels. Adequate energy levels are an important part of staying healthy. When your body is feeling fatigued, not only could you be at risk of getting sick, but you may also find it difficult to perform simple tasks—let alone concentrate on the more challenging ones, which include those associated with work and family.
Improving Heart Health
Vitamin drips include natural nutrients, such as magnesium. This essential nutrient possesses several significant benefits. Improving heart health is one. As stated in a 2013 article by news source Medical News Today: “Low magnesium levels have been found to be the best predictor of heart disease, contrary to the traditional belief that cholesterol or saturated fat play the biggest roles.”
Low magnesium levels could also be connected to hypertension, arterial plaque buildup, calcification of soft tissues, and the hardening of the arteries.
Reducing Migraine Symptoms
Magnesium appears to help those who suffer from migraines, as well. In fact, according to the nonprofit American Migraine Foundation: “The strongest evidence for magnesium’s effectiveness is in patients who have, or have had, aura with their migraines. It is believed magnesium may prevent the wave of brain signaling, called cortical spreading depression, which produces the visual and sensory changes that are the common forms of aura.”
Helping TO Prevent Asthma Attacks
Another benefit to magnesium via vitamin therapy is its ability to aid in preventing asthma attacks. As reported in a June 2015 article published by ClinicalAdvisor.com, a website for nurse practitioners and physician assistants: “Magnesium is known to relax smooth muscle cells by reducing intracellular calcium and to exhibit an anti-inflammatory effect by balancing T-cells and suppressing mast cells. It also inhibits acetylcholine release and nitric acid and prostacyclin synthesis to decrease muscle fiber excitability.”
Strengthening Immune System
When your immune system is strong, you’ll likely avoid contracting certain illnesses, such as the common cold and the flu. You’ll also likely recover faster. Vitamin drips could positively affect your immune system by providing you with vitamin C, an anti-oxidant and anti-viral substance. Those vitamin C deficient may exhibit weak immune systems, along with other symptoms, including dry hair and skin, fatigue, joint pain and swollen, sensitive gums. Therefore, maintaining healthy levels of vitamin C is critical to one’s overall wellbeing.