Integrative Mental Health Care - A Better way to feel Better
by Edison de Mello, Md, PhD
The Integrative medicine approach to care combines the best of two worlds: The technologically rich Traditional Medicine with the wisdom-rich Functional and Complementary therapies to address the root cause of disease and promote wellness. An impressive body of research has shown that integrative medicine can effectively treat both physical and mental health challenges by addressing the mind-body axis.
Most of us have, at one point in our lives, experienced a low mood or our minds being unable to let go of a feeling, be it anger, sadness, anxiety, or even a bit of "depression." And so we know that feeling well mentally and emotionally healthy is a multi-faceted issue requiring a comprehensive hands-on treatment approach to care. Because Integrative medicine considers the whole person, including their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, it has been consistently shown to be an effective approach to helping people feel better.
Here are a few ways that integrative medicine can help with mental health:
Mind-body practices: Integrative medicine emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection in maintaining overall health. Yoga, meditation, and tai chi reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and promote relaxation.
Nutrition: A healthy diet is essential for good mental health. Integrative medicine practitioners can work with patients to develop personalized nutrition plans, including nutrient-dense foods and supplements supporting mental health.
Herbal remedies: Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to treat various mental health issues. The doctor-designed Akasha Naturals supplements are a safe and effective option for reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Acupuncture: A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is used for overall wellness, including stress management, hormonal imbalance, and anxiety. TCM explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force (Qi or chi), which is believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body.
- Massage therapy: Helps relieve stress by lowering the heart rate, increasing relaxation, and releasing feel-good hormones. Emotions such as anxiety and depression can be reduced when stress levels are decreased. Receiving a massage is beneficial to increasing the feeling of contentment and well-being.
In summary: Integrative medicine considers the whole person and the root cause of the presenting issue. It involves the development of a multi-faceted treatment plan involving a whole-person approach, mainly physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It incorporates the best possible, traditional, and complementary approaches to care, including diet, exercise, emotional support, and other lifestyle modifications.
If you're struggling with mental health issues, consider incorporating integrative medicine into your treatment plan. Speak with a qualified practitioner at the Akasha Center to learn more about how integrative medicine can help you achieve mental wellness.