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Whole Body Approach to Health

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As the mainstream American health care system becomes progressively overloaded with patients more Americans are turning to holistic doctors for a patient-centered approach to their health.

Integrative medicine addresses the whole human (body, mind, spirit, as well as community), looking beyond just the physical issues to heal. It’s a long-term solution to developing a healthy lifestyle.

Combining complementary treatments integrative medicine and therapies with regular mainstream treatments from your general practitioner is becoming more common.

Integrative medicine is the practice of medicine that focuses on the whole individual and also takes advantage of all appropriate therapeutic strategies, health care professionals, and disciplines to accomplish optimal wellness with healing.

The goal is to combine the best that conventional medicine has to offer with other therapies and treatments derived from cultures and ideas both old and also new.

Why Might I Consider Integrative Medicine?

Most patients seek out integrative medicine, because it is aligned with their values, beliefs, and philosophies about health, wellness, and their preferred lifestyle.

Some prefer the customized, personal care that comes with integrative medicine’s whole-person approach to healing. Others believe it makes more sense to approach their health from a wider perspective that incorporates both the mainstream conventional approach to health paired with the tools and therapies available from a more holistic approach.

Integrative medicine is based after a model of overall wellness in contrast to a model of disease. With a focus on the relationship between the practitioner and patient, integrative medicine takes into consideration the factors that affect health and wellness from an emotional, physical, and nutritional perspective.

Some complementary treatments falling under the integrative medicine umbrella include:

Naturopathic Medicine

The Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathic medicine acknowledges an integral self-healing process in the patient that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to determine and get rid of obstacles to healing and recovery, and also to assist in and increase this inherent self-healing process.

Healing with Whole Foods

Unrefined, unprocessed, whole foods are used in balance and variety to support health and vitality. Whole foods eliminate any harmful toxins being ingested from processed foods. Fresh raw fruits and vegetables naturally reduce the risk of heart problems and also cancer cells.

Health Coaching

Both group coaching and private one-on-one coaching sessions are utilized to ensure accountability and a healthy way of life. A coaching immersion program might include several days of on-site treatments, during which patients participate in a number of medical and therapeutic sessions, surrounded by a team of top integrative medicine experts, while collaborating with a health and wellness coach throughout and also after the program.


Psychological methods specifically used to help a patient overcome any emotional problems. Psychotherapy increases each person’s mental health well-being, improving relationships and their social functioning.

Learn more about integrative medicine from our top holistic doctors in Los Angeles and Burbank. Give our office a call at 818-842-1410 to request your appointment.

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. To learn more about Dr. Thaik or the Holistic Healing Heart Center, or to schedule an appointment, please contact info@drcynthia.com or call (818) 842-1410.

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