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Combine coventional medicine with the complements of mind-body therapy

Approximately one-third of cancer patients seek out complementary and alternative medicine. There are no proven cures for cancer in alternative medicine, but there are therapies that are proven to help with symptoms and side effects. I encourage people to use the best of both worlds — evidence-based treatments within conventional medicine as well as complementary medicine.

The complementary medicine treatments with the best evidence and fewest risks are the mind-body therapies and acupuncture. However, herbal medicines and vitamins should not be used without a physician’s guidance since they can interact with chemotherapy.

There are many types of mind-body therapies including yoga, tai chi, meditation, breathing exercises, guided imagery, relaxation training, prayer, music therapy and hypnosis. Many of these have been shown in clinical studies to help reduce stress and fatigue, improve the immune system, and help with sleep and mood. We offer many classes such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and diaphragmatic breathing to help people explore these techniques. Read here for a list of fall classes that are offered through Affinity Health System. Continue Reading »

How Behavioral Health Fits In With Medical Home

Our promise at Affinity Medical Home is to treat the “whole” person. This is done by providing holistic treatment that addresses ALL aspects of our patients’ health in a manner that positively supports our patients and helps to identify barriers that get in the way of effectively managing their chronic illnesses.

Our mental health has a direct effect on our physical health. If this a new concept for you, look in the mirror and ask yourself: Is my head separate from my body or is it directly attached? The point I’m making is that both our mental and physical health concerns needs to be evaluated and treated simultaneously, even though they’ve been viewed and treated as separate issues for decades. There also has been (and continues to be) stigma surrounding the presence of mental health issues, which discourages many people from accessing treatment. Continue Reading »

Treatment options using integrative medicine

Last week I gave an introduction to integrative medicine and how treatments can improve a variety of conditions such as headaches, cancer, anxiety and depression.

Each person’s treatment plan will be unique, tailored to what makes the most sense for them.

Possible treatment options may include: Continue Reading »

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