Lifestyle choices, including diet, exercise, and sleep habits, play a big role in shaping your overall health. Research has connected poor lifestyle choices to numerous illnesses and diseases, but the reverse is also true: focusing on good lifestyle choices can help treat and prevent certain health problems. That’s where integrative medicine comes into play.
Integrative medicine is a medical discipline that aims to address diseases and chronic conditions through holistic practices — such as lifestyle modifications, stress management, and dietary changes — as well as preventive screenings and all-natural, non-chemical treatments.
If you’re new to the idea of integrative medicine, you might wonder if it’ll work for you. In this blog, Dr. Anita Petruzzelli of BodyLogicMD, answers that question more thoroughly.
Will integrative medicine work for you?
In short: yes! Integrative medicine can help any individuals who want to:
- Improve energy levels
- Support overall health and wellness goals
- Improve quality of life
- Treat underlying health problems like sleep problems or thyroid problems
- Reduce the risk of future issues like high blood pressure
Preventing future health issues is one of the main reasons why people turn to integrative medicine. Integrative medicine services (such as lifestyle modifications like dietary changes) can help treat issues (like elevated blood pressure) before it escalates and requires more intensive treatment.
A look into integrative medicine modalities
At BodyLogicMD of Hartford, Dr. Petruzzelli uses holistic modalities and treatments to improve your health and quality of life, including:
- Dietary (including vitamins and supplements) approaches to manage conditions, such as diabetes
- Encouraging regular exercise
- Stress management techniques
- Practicing good sleep hygiene
Many health problems arise from stress, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition. For instance, a lack of physical activity increases your risk of developing many different conditions from heart disease to diabetes — and that’s why we place such a high value on looking at the whole picture.
Health problems that benefit from integrative medicine treatment
Even with preventive measures in place, it’s not possible to avoid all diseases and illnesses, and in these cases, integrative medicine techniques are still beneficial. The heart of integrative medicine is to treat each patient as a whole person rather than treating just your symptoms.
With this in mind, integrative medicine techniques can be used to treat a variety of health problems or conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- High blood sugar
- Thyroid issues
- Sleep problems
- Sexual health problems
- Hormonal imbalances
Dr. Petruzzelli also uses integrative medicine methods to help you reach your weight loss goals. As part of a holistic weight management program, she zeroes in on the root cause of weight troubles (such as hormone imbalance or food sensitivities) and recommends the right supplements to support your wellness.
Is integrative medicine right for you?
The goal of integrative medicine is to treat your body as one holistic system (rather than individual parts that aren’t interconnected) and to restore balance in your life. To find out how integrative medicine can help you reach your wellness goals, call our Glastonbury, Connective office at 860-375-4935 or request an appointment online.