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What Is Integrative Medicine?

What Is Integrative Medicine?

If you’re ready for a more personalized approach to health and wellness, integrative medicine may be just what the doctor ordered! With a focus on holistic, whole-body wellness, integrative medicine encourages a healthy lifestyle and addresses the underlying issues that affect your health. 

At BodyLogicMD of Hartford in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Dr. Anita Petruzzelli and our compassionate care team use integrative medicine techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues and concerns, including chronic diseases and conditions. 

We also believe in the power of patient education, so we’ve put together this short guide to explain this branch of medicine and what’s involved. Take a moment to learn more about integrative medicine. 

How is integrative medicine different from conventional care?

Conventional Western medicine typically aims to suppress symptoms and often considers each part of the body separately from the whole. For example, if you experience knee pain, you may visit an orthopedist who examines and treats the mechanics of your leg and prescribes medication to relieve joint pain. 

Integrative medicine uses a combined approach to wellness and health care that focuses on the whole patient. It incorporates treatments and therapies from conventional medicine as well as branches of medicine outside of conventional care, such as acupuncture. 

Practitioners of integrative medicine work as partners with their patients. They design treatment plans that optimize all aspects of your well-being, including the physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, and social elements that influence your health. 

If you visit an integrative medicine practitioner for knee pain, they consider the mechanics of your leg and joint as well as all possible contributing factors, such as genetics, lifestyle, and psycho-emotional conditions, so your treatment plan is most effective in creating a state of wellness. 

This combined process complements Dr. Petruzzelli’s whole-person approach to care. Through the integrated medicine lens, she helps patients attain optimal health in both body and mind using proactive, natural therapies and education about healthy lifestyles to manage your current symptoms and prevent future conditions from developing.

What conditions can integrative medicine treat?

Integrative medicine is well-suited to treat many health issues. At BodyLogicMD of Hartford, Dr. Petruzzelli diagnoses and treats acute and chronic conditions, including:

When you come in for treatment, Dr. Petruzzelli spends time discussing your concerns and any topics you want to address. She invites you to tell her about all aspects of your life that influence your health, such as stress levels, sleep habits, diet and physical activity, social habits, and any problematic symptoms you’re experiencing. 

What are integrative medicine treatments like?

Dr. Petruzzelli begins with natural, drug-free treatments. She may recommend:

Dr. Petruzzelli may prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to bring estrogen and testosterone into balance. 

Is integrative medicine right for me?

Almost all men and women can benefit from integrative medicine, which helps improve your overall well-being and quality of life regardless of your current health status. By focusing on building a strong foundation for your physical, mental, and spiritual wellness, integrative medicine identifies, reverses, and prevents many chronic conditions. 

Are you interested in learning more about integrative medicine and whether it’s right for you? Contact BodyLogic MD of Hartford to schedule an office visit, or request an appointment online.

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