At Virginia Integrative Practice, our goal is to give each and every patient the highest level of care possible. For this reason, we offer holistic gynecology, which combines the best practices of both traditional and alternative medicine. By doing this, we are able to care for the whole woman instead of focusing on a particular area of heath. Continue reading to find out more about holistic gynecology.
What is Women’s Integrative Health?
Women’s Health is the branch of medicine which studies and treats conditions of the female body, particularly the reproductive system. Women’s Integrative Health integrates aspects of traditional western medicine with well-documented natural methods to give the best care to women.
The goal of Women’s Integrative Health is to treat the whole woman rather than individual symptoms or diseases. Because so many factors contribute to women’s health concerns in different stages of life, our approach cares for the body, mind, and spirit of women of all ages. The focus is on finding and treating the “root” cause of a problem, rather than solely treating surface-level symptoms.
The traditional gynecological services offered may include pap smears, breast exams, routine wellness exams, ultrasound, and prescription medicine (when necessary). Practitioners of integrative health tend to avoid surgical procedures as much as possible, unless absolutely necessary for healing.
Usually, non-invasive procedures and treatments are offered. These include a variety of effective natural solutions, such as nutritional supplements, essential oils, herbs, acupuncture, nutrition, and massage therapy.
As an integrative medical method, there is an emphasis on treating connected health concerns and assessing susceptibility to chronic conditions outside the scope of women’s reproductive health. It goes beyond gynecology; it treats the whole woman.
How Women’s Integrative Health Benefits You
Women’s Integrative Health has a number of benefits which extend beyond traditional gynecology.
In the first place, an integrative health practitioner’s primary concern is understanding the individual needs and wishes of the patient. There is always an emphasis on listening to and educating the patient so that she understands her condition and the best methods of treatment.
In modern medicine, there are often cases where the doctor fails to explain health conditions or procedures, or makes decisions without the patient’s full knowledge. This does not happen in holistic medicine because the practitioner develops trusting relationships with her patients. She want her patients to have full knowledge of their health and any treatments before beginning them. In this way, the patient receives the best care tailored to her needs and comfort level.
Women’s Integrative health treatments have been shown to be effective in treating PCOS, PMS, menopause, irregular periods, infertility, endocrine disorders, sexual pain and discomfort, depression and anxiety, ovarian cysts, osteoporosis, UTI’s, and weight gain.
Your integrative health practitioner will educate you on the benefits of natural birth versus cesarean deliveries, the pros and cons of anesthetics, and ways to manage pain during childbirth. She will also discuss natural and chemical ways of preventing or delaying conception, so that you can make the choice that is best for you.
Women’s Integrative Health FAQ’s
Why should I consider women’s integrative health instead of traditional medicine?
Integrative health offers the best of both worlds, combining the best medical practices of both modern and natural medicine. With a range of available treatments, you will receive optimal care, specialized for your particular needs.
I am not familiar with natural treatments. How can I be sure they will help me?
When you schedule your initial consultation with a integrative health practitioner, he or she will assess your needs and discuss various options with you. Feel free to ask as many questions as you would like! One of the benefits of a holistic approach is the provider wants to work with the patient as much as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, your gyn will be happy to explain further.