Nearly one-third of Americans say they use alternative health approaches and although there are many therapies that fit into this category like Chiropractic, Acupuncture or Chinese medicine to name a few, combining one or more of these therapies together with conventional medicine promotes optimum healthcare. Professional alternative providers integrate science and holistic approaches focusing on treating the whole person while conventional medicine often focuses on just addressing individual symptoms.
Before making an appointment with an alternative provider, it is recommended you are assured that they have the requisite education and experience and are willing to work with your primary care provider. Why do you ask? A recent survey noted that 77% of Americans are taking supplements that could be harmful if not done under the guidance of a qualified practitioner and engaging in trying a detox or cleanse increases your risk as they could be dangerous.
If you have questions about incorporating integrative health approaches into your care, speak with your Naturopathic Doctor ND, or your primary care physician about the alternative and conventional medicine treatments to better manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. An integrative medical approach assures that your healthcare is being optimized. For more information, contact Dr. Aaron Bardwell ND, DC, MSOM.