Treatment Integration

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost

How many of these are familiar to you:

  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Zen Shiatsu / massage therapy
  • Body awareness
  • Meditation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Mind/Body education
  • Yoga
  • Natural remedies
  • Holistic approach
  • Integrative (instead of “alternative”) medicine

Doctors have described me as a complex puzzle, a conundrum, a mystery, rare, hypersensitive to medications, etc.  Ok, so maybe I am unusual, but when they couldn’t find the answers to my symptoms, I needed alternatives.  The list above, which is growing, comprises those treatment alternatives.  I continue to learn how important they are not only to my healing, but also to a person’s general well being, balance and prevention.  The more I learn and the more I experience, the more they make sense to me.  Sure some have had their limits, but I have had more positive results than negative.  I will continue to use many of these therapies as long term maintenance even beyond my recovery.

I am going regularly to a craniosacral therapist/massage therapist, an acupuncturist, and a pain psychologist.  They are my current alternative treatment team, who I refer to as my “healers.”  They have provided me with many ideas about what may be causing my symptoms and are tailoring my treatment based on that.  They are reputable, credible, accomplished, have years of experience and are experts in their field.  They came highly recommended by people I trust.

I will never abandon conventional medicine because it is very important.  I still use medical doctors as my primary care for other conditions.  In those cases, I think the doctors provide effective treatments.  I also think it is important to maintain regular checkups and screenings.  But I will continue to “integrate” and use alternative treatments more often where it makes sense.  I prefer to consider and try safe, less invasive treatments first and want to know about the available options.  Also, with my hypersensitivity to medications, I need to find alternatives to drugs where possible.

As far as the terms alternative, Western, conventional medicine, etc., my opinion is that medicine is medicine regardless of the source.  There is medicine that works for you and medicine that doesn’t work.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jean-Gardner Singleton
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 09:39:58

    Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your comment! BTW, your blog posts and site concept are really healing energetically. Very interesting blend…


  2. eremophila
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:52:27

    I’ve been on a similar journey, and it is worth pursuing. 🙂
    May I suggest a book to you that I found helpful?
    When the Body Says No. by Gabor Mate.

    Also, I found Blood Type diet useful, and Food Combining. Best of Luck 🙂


  3. victoriaaphotography
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 23:14:15

    My best friends are my alternatie remedies, but the reality is that I need both orthodox western medicine and alternative therapies to be at my best. I believe in the concept that healing or management of chronic health problems is the aim, not necessarily the drugs/surgery, herbs, alternatie therapies that I take to get there. So, deep breathing, certain drugs, being creative, and pacing my day to find balance in my life is pretty successful (for the most part)…

    I have probably more health and alternative therapy books than some libraries, but Buddhist philosophy and Mindfulness make my health journey so much more that it could possibly have been before.

    A friend made a comment once, when we were attending a lecture by the well-known Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche. My friend is a wife & Mother of 3 grown-up children and had stated in a rather heated voice….. how could a Buddhist monk know what it’s like to go through these difficult teenage years of my children. And there, I felt she had missed the whole point of what the lecture was all about. It wasn’t about having children and dealing with their problems. The lecture was about Mindful Living and dealing with everyday difficulties (regardless of your sex, marital state, job or life situation).

    The important thing in your healing journey is to acknowledge that every human being is unique and……… to find out what works for you (as an individual).


  4. Otha Drowne
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 02:09:20

    Mainstream medicine tends to treat symptoms rather than address the underlying causes of diseases or conditions. Mainstream doctors generally have their dominant treatments, medicines and practices that relatively limit experimentation with individual patients. Alternative medicine tends to have more liberty to experiment and apply different treatments, and often experiment until they get results. In general, their treatments are typically very safe and often natural. (Alternative medicine practitioners often do and should earn income from their practices and products; but could it be that there is much more money in symptom management in the mainstream camps?)*

    Most recent article on our very own blog site


  5. Armida
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 11:35:32

    I was directed to your site from Linda Sepp. Thank you for sharing.


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