A New Type Of Medicine: Integrative Methods To Promote Health And Wellness

acupunctureIn the United States, integrative medicine services have gained popularity and there are currently more than 70 percent of Americans that are actively using the treatment method in some form. The research that is linked to these alternative medical treatments have suggested that how you feel, how you think and how you live can all affect your overall health and wellness. For example, stress is linked to fibromyalgia, asthma and infections, while diets that are high in fat can lead to problems such as cancer and coronary disease. Integrative medicine may also help you if you suffer from any type of chronic illness and have the desire to reduce the frequency or severity of the disease episodes, or simply achieve a better quality of life.

Traditional medicine practices are able to diminish the consequences that result from unhealthy lifestyles, but integrative medicine can actually reverse these consequences and reduce symptoms while preventing illnesses all together, which can lead to the following benefits:

  • Improved sleep;
  • A reduction in pain;
  • Fewer after-surgery complications;
  • Fewer episodes of depression or anxiety in relation to an illness;
  • A reduction in glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure;
  • Increased function of the immune system and a reduced number of infection;
  • An improved functioning of the bowels.

Integrated medicine is a type of health care that works to foster a relationship of cooperation with all of the factors that are involved, which can lead to superior health and wellness in all areas of your being, including emotional, physical, social, mental and spiritual. This type of medicine looks at the entire person, which includes an analysis of environmental, social, physical, spiritual and nutritional values. It also uses all modalities of treatment and diagnosis, which includes surgery and drugs, if there is no alternative treatment that is safe.

The practice of integrated medicine also focuses on the responsibility and education of each patient to achieve optimum levels of health and wellness. There are a number of different types of integrated medicine treatments including nutrition counseling, acupuncture, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, Yoga and Reiki. Some of the most common ailments that integrated medicine treatments are used to treat and manage include:

  • Migraines or headaches;
  • Back pain;
  • Heart disease;
  • Diabetes;
  • Cancer;
  • Irritable bowel syndrome;
  • Shingles;
  • Obesity;
  • Chronic Fatigue;
  • Stress;
  • PTSD.

When one part of a person’s mind or body is not functioning properly, it is believed that it will affect the entire person. With integrated medicine techniques, the treatment that is used will focus on the person as a whole, rather than simply treating the illness or the part of the person’s body that is experiencing the problem.

Keep in mind, in addition to seeking treatment for health concerns, it is also important to implement a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating a nutrition optimized diet, managing stress, exercising and not smoking. Integrated medicine techniques are quickly becoming a mainstream treatment option, and often used as complementary types of care for therapy and preventative measures.

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Do you know the intertwining layers that make up our physical, mental, and spiritual self?

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Read about this Koshas in this ARTICLE, and maybe you’ll discover if yoga therapy is right for you!!





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Balancing your Health with Yoga

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Most of us wake up, brew coffee, saunter to our car, drink coffee, drink more coffee, eat something cheap and fast for lunch, drink more coffee, finish work, drive home, wait in traffic, become frustrated, finally get home, eat something cheap and fast for dinner, watch television, and go to bed.  Every.Single.Day.  We are putting our bodies and minds under constant stress by refusing to deviate away from our humdrum, static lifestyles.  We begin to throw off our natural equilibrium, which puts our health and wellness at stake.  As time goes on, illnesses and chemical imbalances start to set in, and instead of finding the root cause of why our bodies are breaking down, we settle for pain killers and mood stabilizers to make us “feel better.”   Sound familiar??  How about we recognize that we are killing ourselves and try to take some control over our health and well-being?

Yoga therapy is a form of integrative medicine that combines holistic and modern approaches to healing, by first discovering the source of the problem.  Reestablishing the balance and communication between mind, body, and spirit is a foundation in yoga therapy.

Getting to the Root of Yoga Therapy

The word Yoga is a derivative of the Sanskrit word yug, which means to “to bind closely,” “join,” “concentrate,” and “to bring under yoke.”   This unity is based off of one’s own web of homeostasis, binding mind, body, and soul, and the “individual self, uniting with Cosmic Consciousness or the Universal Spirit” (MedIndia).

A crossed legged yoga posture carved by the Indus civilization http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga

A crossed legged yoga posture carved by the Indus civilization
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Scholars and archaeologists have been striving for over a century to pinpoint the detailed origin of yoga.  Soapstone seals with yogi-like depictions were unearthed in the 1920s in the ruins of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro, where the largest society in early antiquity, the Indus civilization, flourished.  These carvings are dated back to 3000 B.C.E., hence the revolutionary discovery that Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago.  By way of the Vedas, Hindus brought yoga to modern times, where it is now being practiced by over 20 million Americans.


The Koshas: The intertwining layers that make up our physical, mental, and spiritual self

Beginning with the outermost layer, we find our way to the Atman, or true self, by moving through and beyond each kosha.

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Annamaya kosha- Physical: This is the “food” sheath.  This layer is how we could describe the visible, or physical, appearance of our entity. It is made up of our integumentary, skeletal, muscular system, and other organs that provide our corporeal makeup.  We must nurture this outmost layer of ourselves and explore it during meditation and train ourselves to go move inward toward our True Self.

 Pranamaya kosha- Energy: This is the “breath” sheath.   The elusive ambiances relating to breath is the driving force that allows our body to operate. By way of energy channels (nadis) in our body, this kosha allows our inner self to function in the physical world, or the external world, giving our still consciousness the appearance of a moving human body.  It is important to train and regulate the Pranamaya kosha in order for this level to flow efficiently.

 Manamaya kosha- Mental:  The “lower mind.” Within this level, we process our dynamic emotions and feelings.  It directs the thoughts that are created by our physical senses. It is not in control processing deeper awareness, and thus it can create illusions and qualms.  It receives instruction from deeper levels, and its ability to function is dulled if it is clouded by illusions from the Mental kosha.

 Vijnanamaya kosha-Wisdom: The “higher mind.”  This level embraces higher levels of consciousness.   This kosha does not just think, it is ego consciousness.  It has a sense of self, giving it the power of decision, judgement, and knowledge.  It maintains positive strength when it is not confused with memories and dulled by the illusions from the Mental layer.

 Anandamaya kosha – Bliss: It is the innermost kosha that surrounds the Atman or the self, which is the everlasting, conscious core.  It is outside of the mind, where we are separated from stimuli that cause a blissful reaction.  It is a being of love, joy, and peace on its own.

Now that we understand how complex the dimensions of our existence is under yogic ideals and philosophies, it changes how we approach treatment.  Without knowing the source of the illness or problem, we are limiting ourselves to partial healing.  Regain homeostasis and well-being. Find out more about Integrative approaches to healing by Dr. Jorge Bordenave at  http://www.miamiintegrativemedicine.com/


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