WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE:
Integrative Medicine is an approach to healthcare that takes into account the whole person – mind, body and spirit – including all aspects of lifestyle.
The focus is on addressing the root cause of disease and partnering with patients to determine how best to support the journey to health and healing.
Integrative Medicine is not meant to replace traditional medical care. Instead, it enhances that care by incorporating medical nutrition, mind body practices, herbal medicine and other complementary treatments. Recommendations are always informed by medical evidence, with close attention to safety and efficacy.
WHO CAN BENEFIT:
Anyone who desires optimal health could benefit from an Integrative Medicine consultation as the emphasis is on health promotion and preventive care.
Some examples of conditions for which an Integrative Medicine Consultant can be helpful include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic pain
- Chronic stress
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Headaches and migraines
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable bowel disease
- Post cancer survivorship
- Pre-diabetes/ insulin resistance
- Rheumatologic diseases
Increasingly, research shows that what we eat, how we move, how we sleep, how we process stress, what we think and how we feel affect our health. For example, depression and loneliness contribute to heart disease. Chronic stress can alter our immune system, lower our pain threshold & cause chromosomal aging. Our typical Western diet of highly processed foods can lead to diabetes, coronary disease and cancer.
Simple changes in the way we eat, exercise, relax and process stress can lead to improvement of health and reduced symptoms, resulting in:
- Decreased pain and inflammation
- Improved sleep
- Enhanced immune function
- Lowered blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
- Improved bowel function
- Lower risk of cancer
- Less anxiety and depression
“It is the object of a physician to find health, anyone can find disease. ” ~ Andrew Taylor Still MD, DO
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM AN INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CONSULTATION:
The initial consultation typically lasts an hour or more. In a relaxed, unhurried environment, you and Dr. Brand Abend will discuss your medical history and your personal treatment goals. The goal of the initial visit is for Dr. Brand Abend to understand your unique story. This allows her to develop an individualized treatment plan that best addresses your specific health concerns and goals.
One or more follow up appointments are generally recommended to discuss treatment options and provide you with support as you implement your treatment plan.
Dr. Brand Abend’s care is provided as a partnership with you. She provides an educational and empowering framework from which you are able to become a fully invested participant in your health and healing.
Dr. Brand Abend is not contracted with insurance companies and does not participate in Medicare. The office will provide a receipt of services that you may submit to your insurance company for out of network reimbursement.
Payment is due in full at the time of service.
Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
To reschedule or cancel an appointment, we ask that you please give the office 24 hour advance notice.