Integrative Medicine services have become very popular in the United States, with more than 70 percent of Americans using them in some form. You may benefit from Integrative Medicine if you suffer from a chronic illness and wish to reduce the severity or frequency of disease episodes and enjoy a better quality of life. According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) American adults are most likely to use Integrative Medicine for an array of diseases and conditions, especially for musculoskeletal problems, such as back, neck or joint pain.
Integrative Medicine can help patients relieve symptoms of a wide range of conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Back pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic fatigue
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Benefits of Integrative Medicine techniques
Increasingly, research shows that how we live, what we think, and how we feel affect our health. For example, hostility, depression and loneliness contribute to heart disease. Stress can exacerbate infections, fibromyalgia and asthma. High-fat diets can lead to coronary disease and cancer. Obesity is a major factor in the development of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
While Conventional Medicine can help diminish the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles, Integrative Medicine can reverse those consequences, prevent illness and reduce symptoms, resulting in:
- Decreased pain
- Improved sleep
- Enhanced immune function and fewer infections
- Lowered blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
- Improved bowel function
- Less anxiety and depression related to illness
- Fewer complications after surgery
- Resolution of post-traumatic stress disorder
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment for any of our Integrative Medicine services, call Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine at 216.986.HEAL (4325).
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