Integrative Family Medicine
Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine located in Olney, MD
Although conventional medicine is the more common way to practice medicine in the United States, the more public health awareness, the higher the demand for integrative. The highly skilled team at Integrative Family Medicine in Gaithersburg and Columbia, Maryland, takes a whole-person approach to treating and preventing disease. They provide customized combinations of natural and conventional treatments. Learn how you can benefit from their conventional and natural medical expertise, such as Oriental Medicine, and Functional Medicine by booking an appointment online or over the phone today.
Primary Care and Functional Medicine Q& A
What is conventional medicine?
Conventional medicine, also known as Western medicine, is a healthcare system that medical doctors (MDs) and doctors of osteopathy (DOs) practice to prevent and treat disease and help patients live a healthy lifestyle. Other healthcare providers who practice conventional medicine include:
- Physical therapists
- Nurse Practitioners
Conventional medicine is the mainstream form of health care practiced in the United States. With conventional medicine, doctors prescribe drugs, perform surgeries, or use other treatment modalities to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses. Conventional medicine is an evidence-based practice that’s often effective for patients of all ages.
What is the benefit of integrative medicine?
We at IFM offer a collaborative treatment that is very unique on its own kind. We know the struggle that our patients have, especially those with long-term chronic diseases. Our group of practitioners is committed to treating our patients with the least amount of intervention and the most beneficial outcome for the patient. This treatment approach reduces the relapse symptoms and helps patients get on a healthy path of life. Our practitioners are in direct communication with each other regarding patients' medications and health status to ensure the ultimate health of the patients by adjusting the dosage of medications as well as the prevention any overlap of medications. We treat the whole person through a well-balanced treatment plan using the knowledge of Modern, Functional, and Oriental Medicines. Based on the requests and needs of our patients, an integrative approach includes clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, public health measures, hygiene, counseling, homeopathy, prescription medication, detox, intravenous and injection therapy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture.
The team at Integrative Family Medicine often recommends an integrative treatment plan to treat conditions, such as:
- Autoimmune disorders, including fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
- Asthma and other respiratory disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Mental and emotional issues
- Reproductive problems
- Pain management
- Insomnia or fatigue
- Chronic diseases such as Lyme
The team takes a patient-centered, comprehensive approach to health care, and that often means combining therapies that will best help you manage symptoms, prevent disease, and live your life to the fullest. An integrative approach can often help patients take fewer prescription medications.
What other services are offered at IFM in addition to Oriental Medicine and Conventional Medicine at IFM?
The team at Integrative Family Medicine offers treatments, such as oxygen therapy and IV therapy, to complement conventional treatments. Oxygen therapy increases oxygen to your cells and can help improve your circulation, memory, and concentration. It can also help relieve symptoms of fatigue and anxiety. IV therapy delivers nutrients, such as vitamins, directly into your bloodstream where they are most efficiently absorbed.
Whether you need IV vitamin supplements as part of a comprehensive weight-loss plan or oxygen therapy to enhance your focus and give you clarity of mind, the team will design a holistic treatment plan to help you feel better and improve your overall health.
To learn more about how conventional medicine and alternative therapies can work together to keep you healthy, book an appointment with Integrative Family Medicine online or over the phone today.