• The 5 Top Benefits of Integrative Medicine

    by Dr. Payal Bhandari
    on Dec 29th, 2017

Have you found yourself growing increasingly frustrated with the current state of allopathic health care in the United States? If so, you are the part of the frustrated, wary, and disillusioned majority of Americans who perceive that our current gold standard of conventional medicine is simply no longer working. In the wake of the 21st century, the traditional, expensive, and one-size-fits-all approach can no longer be supported by new scientific findings that promote treating every patient individually and holistically, according to their unique health needs.

A modern patient is health-conscious, choosing to be involved and eager to actively participate in optimizing their own health journey, while a modern, highly trained, skilled, and devoted primary care physician encourages education, prevention, self-care, and wishes to build a partnership with their patients to collaborate and achieve the best outcome for each individual. The problem is, in an already overextended, ineffective, and bloated health care system — not designed to accommodate these new requirements and approaches — these goals seem to be just about impossible to achieve.

Integrative medicine — a holistically-oriented healing practice that combines age-old wisdom, proven and effective alternative treatments, and the best of modern achievements of health sciences that give the backbone of traditional allopathic health care — offers such a solution that could revolutionize medicine as we know it.

Among its many benefits, the five main reasons that integrative medicine stands out as the most modern and optimal way to wholesome health are:

Focusing on Prevention

Unlike conventional health care, integrative medicine primarily focuses on prevention to support optimal health prior to disease development, as well as reinforcing the body's innate ability to heal itself, utilizing lifestyle enchantments, mind-body medicine, and in-depth patient education.

A Holistic Approach

A primary care physician offering integrative care always focuses on the whole person rather than on seemingly separate organ systems and organ-specific health problems. By considering each patient’s immediate environment, activity levels, lifestyle choices, social relationships, and emotional well-being, an all-encompassing view is obtained that can truly offer in-depth answers to one's emerging problems.

A Model That Is Based on Relationship and Collaboration

An open, honest, and collaborative patient-physician relationship, grounded in trust and mutual respect, is an inescapable and highly desired component of modern medical care, which comes naturally and with ease in the warm, empathetic, and friendly atmosphere of an integrative physician's office.

Personalized Care

When it comes to individual health, one size does not fit all. The goal of a primary care physician who practices integrative medicine is to carefully uncover all components that affect their patients' physiological and emotional well-being. There is also a commitment to find the root cause that undermines health and creates a combination of unique problems that can't always be solved by applying cookie-cutter solutions.

Conventional and Complementary Treatments Supported by Science

By blending scientifically sound allopathic methods with the safest and most efficient solutions of alternative medicine, patients receive an all-encompassing care that truly promotes health, from prevention to highly effective disease management.

Do You Need An Integrative Primary Care Physician in San Francisco to Optimize your Health?

Dr. Payal N. Bhandari, MD is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco, CA.  She is also board certified in Family Medicine since 2004. By combining traditional Western Medicine with Ayurveda, nutrition, stress and sleep management, Dr. Bhandari incorporates the best scientifically proven strategies to understand the root cause of illness. Dr. Bhandari has recently been voted as a top family physician in the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of the Bay Area’s Checkbook magazine.

Reach out to us today to learn more about integrative medicine and how we can best serve your healthcare needs!

Author Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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