The Progressive Health Center is a unique resource dedicated to helping individuals improve their quality of life through complementary and alternative medicine that are integrates well with conventional medical treatments. Our experienced practitioners specialize in a wide range of therapies that include nutrition, stress management, acupuncture, massage therapy and more. These high-quality services are integrated into personalized treatment plans that are designed to heal and strengthen the mind, body, spirit and emotions of each individual, while enhancing the continuum of care available to achieve specific health and wellness goals.
Frequently asked questions about Integrative Medicine and CAM
Allison Archard, MD
What is CAM?
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines CAM as:”a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine” (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website.http://nccam.hih.gov)
What is Complementary Medicine?
consists of therapies that are used to complement/enhance conventional medicine
What is Alternative Medicine?
consists of therapies that are used in place of conventional medicine
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine = “CAM” + conventional medicine”Healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.”
(Rakel, D. Integrative Medicine. Philadelphia: Suanders Elsevier, 2007)
Importance of weighing risks and benefits
What Integrative Medicine is NOT:
NEVER encourages patients to abandon their conventional therapy
may use ‘alternative therapies’, but not without conventional medicine
Integrative medicine emphasizes difference between ‘healing’ and ‘cure’
Healing can take place in absence of cure
Why is Integrative Medicine important?
“approximately 38% of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over and approximately 12% of children use some for of CAM.”
(2007 Statistics on CAM use in the United States.http://nccam.nih.gov/news/camstats/2007)
Isn’t Integrating CAM going to cost more money?
The Bravewell Collaborative report:The Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Integrative MedicineInteresting facts in the report:
– comprehensive lifestyle change program: 80% of participants able to safely avoid heart surgery or angioplasty, saving almost $30,000 per patient in the first year.
– in 2005, corporations involved in a health and wellness program for employees experienced an average 26% reduction in health care costs.(The Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Integrative Medicine: A Review of the Medical and Corporate Literature. Bravewell Collaborative website.)http://bravewell.org/content/IM_E_CE_Final.pdf)
If you are new to the Center, we invite you to schedule an appointment for an initial 30-minute consultation with one of our practitioners at the Center. The consultation is $30. The purpose of this meeting is to acquire your medical history information as well as to conduct an initial assessment of your specific mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. The practitioner will also provide you with information about the Center, our range of customized services and programs and available payment options, which include cash, check, Visa, Master Card, and Health Savings Account (HSA). Follow-up sessions can be scheduled to discuss specific treatment recommendations. Our practitioners are also available to confer with patient physicians on your behalf.
The Progressive Health Center addresses a wide range of client needs and conditions through our comprehensive range of complementary and holistic therapies. We provide the most effective complementary medicine and alternative medicine modalities available today. Whether you are living with a neurological disorder, a chronic illness or injury or other day-to-day challenges, we encourage you to contact the Center today to learn how we can help you achieve your specific health and wellness goals.
In today’s healthcare system that incentivezes providers to recommend catchall solutions, patients often receive costly and risky treatments for issues that could have been handled in far less drastic ways. Progressive Health Center has created an innovateive benefit plan to provide you enlightenment and access to these alternative therapies.
Is there any evidence that CAM therapies work?
YES! Some examples include:
The Bravewell Collaborative is a community of leading philanthropists who work together to transform our health care system and improve the health of the American public through the advancement of integrative medicine.
Integrative Medicine is a philosophy of care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences affecting a person’s health.
Which Integrative Therapies Are Right for You?
Acupuncture: Back Pain, Fatigue, Headache, Stress
Ayurveda: Asthma, Chronic Skin Disorders, Digestive Disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Craniosacral Therapy: Chronic Back and Neck Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine Headaches, Stress and Tension Related Difficulties
Health Coaching: Personalized Plan, Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Improve Relationships
HeartMath-Stress Management: Headaches, High Blood Pressure, Indigestion, Insomnia/Sleeplessness
Life Energy Flow Tai Yi: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Nutrition Counseling: Personalized Plan, Connections between food, eating and emotions, Recipes, menus and plans