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What is Integrative Medicine? Understanding Approaches for Pain Management and Patient Care

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The use of integrative approaches to health and wellness has grown within care settings across the United States and researchers are currently exploring the benefits of integrative health in a variety of situations, including pain management for military personnel and veterans, relief of symptoms in cancer patients and survivors, and programs to promote healthy behaviors.

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What is Integrative Medicine? Understanding Approaches for Pain Management and Patient Care

  1. 1. Understanding Approaches for Pain Management and Patient Care Presented by: Dr. Gregory Burzynski
  2. 2. There are many definitions of “integrative” health care, but each definition involves bringing conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way in health care and pain management.
  3. 3. Defined Terms • If a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it’s considered to be “integrative.” • If a non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it’s considered to be “alternative.”
  4. 4. It is important to mention that for most people who use non-mainstream approaches to health care and pain management, they also use them along with conventional treatments.
  5. 5. Pain Management and Health Care Chronic pain is a common problem among active-duty military personnel and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, are sponsoring research to see whether integrative approaches can help. The goal here is to help patients feel and function better and reduce their need for pain medicines that can have serious side effects.
  6. 6. Patient and Physician Relationships • Healthcare professionals and professions help to achieve optimal health and healing. • Integrative health and medicine simply offers best practices for optimal health and healing. • Both doctors and patients continue to bond with the philosophy of integrative medicine and its “whole-person” approach which is designed to treat the person, not just the disease itself.
  7. 7. Integrative medicine depends on the partnership between both the patient and doctor where they agree on the common goal to treat the mind, body, and spirit all at the same time.
  8. 8. www.drgregoryburzynski.com For more information on integrative medicine and holistic care, visit my website:

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