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What is Integrated Health

All of our medical health practices at Winchester, London, Basingstoke, Oxford, Chichester, Bournemouth and Poole consider an integrated health approach to treat their patients in the correct manner.
This medically integrated approach takes into account the patient's diet, environmental factors including lifestyle, toxicity and sensitivity, and their family, social and personal relationships. It considers the role of different interventions (conventional and complementary) and considers how these interact. It always considers the impact of illness and treatment on the mind and body with an understanding of well-being that explicitly seeks to support a patient towards balance and health as a dynamic and whole state. Not only does this approach focus on our adult patients, it also studies our children patients with conditions including Behaviour Disorders.

An integrated medical health approach to patient's treatments, enhances the contribution from a number of different treatment approaches including conventional and complementary medical treatments such as Homeopathy, Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Hypnotherapy and Lymphatic Drainage. The patient may be suffering from Anxiety and Depression, Allergies and Intolerance, Asthma, Eczema, Infertility, Candida or Neuralgia. It involves considering aspects of treatment and care from many different perspectives, such as thinking what a particular set of symptoms might be trying to communicate to a patient or asking what changes does a person need to make in order to no longer need their symptoms to function. The patient may undertake counselling to help with their medical condition. It may also call for a different relationship between doctor and patient with the doctor holding the role of not just the dispenser of cures but the facilitator to empower the patient's own healing potential. The doctor may also use Reflexology to stimulate the body’s own healing system to help discover such conditions like the Menopause, Hormonal Imbalance, PMS and Gynaecological problems.

Many doctors and complementary practitioners focus on just one intervention but it is often how different advice and treatments are integrated that make a difference in shifting deep and chronic diseases. These can range from Fatigue Syndrome (ME) to Fibromyalgia to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and chronic Indigestion. Most commonly in the UK the focus of conventional treatment is on the prescribing of pharmaceuticals or the use of surgery. Indeed as these have become increasingly the dominant interventions, they are seen increasingly as the only meaningful interventions. It is like the saying, ‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!’ Although, there are other therapies which the patient can choose from such as; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Therapy, Massage Therapy and Art Therapy.

One aspect of a medical integrated approach is recognizing that the whole is more than the sum of the parts and a holistic approach both tries to perceive the different aspects of an individual and understand how each influences the others. When working holistically we see an intimate connection between a patient’s emotional sensitivity and mental function and their physical and bodily structure including the diseases they have or are susceptible to.

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