Dr Saskia H. Kloppenburg Vieth
Consultant in General Internal Medicine and Specialist in Complementary Cancer Care
MBBS, MRCIM (Spain), MSc Homeopathy, MFHom, Master practitioner in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming, MSc in Nutrition
(GMC reg. number: 7541548)
Integrative medicine Doctor and Holistic Medicine Practitioner
Conventional medicine is mainly focused on the art of diagnosis and treatment with medications. A clinical diagnosis, which is the identification of the nature and cause of a certain phenomenon, can be determined by a set of symptoms and signs a patient presents. In conventional medicine the symptoms are treated mainly with medications, majority of which are chemicals.
When I read this article, published in The BMJ (http:/dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4528) on the 5th of October, the first thing that came to my mind was the part of the Hippocratic Oath that says “primum non nocere” (= first, do no harm). Well, it seems, that according to this article, some people have forgotten that very first promise they made when they once graduated.
Integrated Medicine (also called Integrative Medicine) is a modern concept which refers to the combination of conventional medicine with complementary medicine, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology, hypnotherapy or mindfulness, for instance. It emphasises on the combination rather than substitution. By combining different health care approaches, side effects of medication can be minimised or even avoided and benefits are maximised.
Every time you search online to get information related to questions about health symptoms you or a loved one might be experienced, you bumped to answers related to “holistic medicine”, “complementary medicine”, “alternative”, and “integrated medicine”.
What do they really mean?
The holistic cancer approach means to take care of all aspects of a person’s life: what they eat (nutrition, supplements and toxins), their life-style (exercise, social support and taking control) and their emotional wellbeing (becoming conscious about past or present conflicts, positive and negative emotions).