An Integrative Medicine Guide to Better Health

By Soram Khalsa, MD

Posted on | By Soram Khalsa, MD

Integrative medicine is the future of health care in our country. Doctors who specialize in integrative medicine study conventional medicine and realize its benefits. But they go on to study natural modalities of therapy including herbs, diet and acupuncture as a complement and supplement to traditional medicine. Because they combine the best of both of these approaches, they are called integrative doctors.

Doctors who practice this way realize that health is on a “Spectrum.” At one end, we have optimal well-being. At the other end, we have chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes that we see so much in our society. What they have not told us in conventional medical school is that there is a "gray zone" in the middle where organs are not sick or diseased yet. In the gray zone, organs get weakened, rundown, stressed, or toxic, and we realize that they are “dysfunctioning” but not yet diseased.

When organs dysfunction, we get a whole host of symptoms that doctors see so often in their practice. Without the integrative model, these health problems can only be treated symptomatically. Some examples of these problems are digestive problems like gas and bloating, migraines and other headaches, neck aches and backaches, and menstrual problems, including premenstrual syndrome. All of these conditions point to dysfunctioning organs that are in this transition zone on the chart.

Article written by Soram Khalsa, MD