About Homeopathy (Part 4) - Allopathic & Homeopathic Medicine Working Togeather
Homeopathic approach works to support healing in the body over time as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Allopathic approach works quickly against the body to control and suppress symptoms. Yet, as different as these two approaches may seem, homeopathic and allopathic care actually work well together.
Because homeopathic approach works with the body to spur healing, it is an ideal way to provide quality-of-life care, naturally, without risk of side-effects. However, homeopathy cannot mend a broken arm or stop an asthmatic attack. In these cases, risk of potential side effects is outweighed by the need to preserve life. Allopathic treatment is better suited for this type of emergency, preservation-of-life care and integrated health practioners recommend allopathic approach in these cases.
Integrated Health Care
Today, there is a new approach to health which recognizes the value of both holistic modalities like homeopathy and allopathic treatments as well. “Integrative medicine” practioners view each patient as a unique individual, taking their lifestyle, their mental and physical health, as well as their priorities and values into account in order to select the most appropriate course of treatment for them. Integrative health practioners see no benefit in medical politics, siding with either allopathy or holistic health care. Their concern is for what works with least risk to the patient - and they see effective treatments on both sides.
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine provides this definition: “The practice of medicine thatreaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health healing.”
“We all want the same thing: the best care for patients,” explains Tracy Gaudet, MD, director of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. She indicates that resistance from fellow doctors regarding integrated medicine is normally minimal. Once they understand this approach considers both alternative and conventional treatment options, the doctors usually agree upon a particular treatment plan.
Reports show that individuals who utilize integrative medicine practices are generally self-directed, and gather information from a variety of sources before making their health care choices. Part of the appeal with IM is that patients simply need more than what conventional medicine offers. “Briefly put, patients want better communication with providers about their conditions and their care options,” explains Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN.
Bauer-Wu states, “Personal values and severity of illness and symptoms also weigh into patient treatment decisions, ultimately choosing what is right and best for oneself.” In an ideal medical environment, patients make these decisions with the help of others. When they have the opportunity to partner with knowledgeable and receptive care givers, patients often make informed choices that reflect their individual values.
The important things for all of us to do are to stay in touch with our own bodies, take preventive measures everyday that can inhibit the development of illness, and become educated about the conditions we already have or may likely develop. Integrated medicine recognizes these ideas, and promotes the utilization of all available – and safe – treatment options.