The Benefits of Integrative Medicine

The Benefits of Integrative Medicine

Traditionally, the medical field has always focused on treating specific symptoms, which sometimes can obscure the bigger picture. If a patient is experiencing a problem, the doctor tends to zero in on that one issue and spends a lot of time working on discovering the source of that isolated symptom in order to provide treatment or find a resolution. However, at Wellness at Century City, we believe in an integrative approach, where we aim to heal the whole person rather than simply focusing on a specific symptom. A number of factors come into play when dealing with integrative medicine, from physical to mental to spiritual. All of these aspects influence your overall well-being, so we shouldn't we focus on all of them as opposed to just the physical ones?

Some people hear the term "integrative medicine" and they immediately express doubt or skepticism, thinking that integrative medicine is some form of alternative or homeopathic medicine. That's not at all the case. Integrative medicine borrows certain elements and techniques from complementary medicine, but it's still a scientific, medically-based form of mainstream healthcare. However, instead of simply worrying about alleviating pain and discomfort, we view our relationship with our patients as a true partnership in wellness in which the mind, body, and soul are all taken into consideration and addressed to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

A Typical Integrative Medicine Appointment

If you're never visited a healthcare provider like ours that places an emphasis on integrative medicine, you might be unsure of what to expect. At Wellness at Century City, Dr. Cho meets with patients and actually takes the time to get to know them so she can fully understand their symptoms. In addition to a physical exam and blood tests as needed, Dr. Cho will discuss your health history, your exercise routine and diet, and your psychosocial situation and any stressors in your life (and how you manage stress). These factors all play a role in your overall health and it's important for us to understand the full picture.

Thyroid Problems and Integrative Medicine

Sometimes, it can be difficult to diagnose the cause of symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and poor concentration and memory. These are all vague symptoms that can be triggered by a wide variety of problems. In some cases, it turns out that the cause of these symptoms stems from hypothyroidism, which occurs when your thyroid gland does not make enough hormones to keep your body running normally. It can be tough to pinpoint thyroid disease as the problem, particularly because lab tests often come back as normal and show no sign of a thyroid issue.

This is one such situation where integrative medicine makes a big difference. Dr. Cho works with you to get a solid understanding of your situation and symptoms and is sure to go above and beyond typical testing in order to figure things out. Dr. Cho tests for TSH, free T3 and free T4 levels, and thyroid antibodies. In addition, there's a chance that a patient with a thyroid problem could also be iodine deficient, which tends to occur together with thyroid disease. These are things that healthcare providers often don't bother checking for. As a result, many patients with a thyroid problem often have that problem linger and go undiagnosed. According to the American Thyroid Association, around 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and as many as 60 percent of those people don't even realize they have it.

Hypothyroidism isn't a simple problem, but the comprehensive way in which we handle thyroid issues through an integrative approach goes a long well towards getting to the bottom of your ailment and working to resolve your overall health.

Of course, this is just one example of a type of medical issue that is often better treated with an integrative approach than a traditional one. By combining the staples of mainstream medical practice with the integrative approaches that look at the bigger picture, we are able to more accurately diagnose a problem and develop a treatment plan that will work best for your particular situation, whether it’s a thyroid issue or something else entirely.


If you’re looking for an integrative medical specialist who can get to the bottom of your symptoms by addressing the actual cause rather than simply prescribing medicine to mask your symptoms and pain, contact us today. It’s our mission to help you achieve a better quality of life, not just by healing your body, but by focusing on your mind and soul as well. Our integrative approach can help with everything from thyroid problems to issues with adrenal fatigue to medical weight loss. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation or appointment. We look forward to working with you to get you feeling energized and healthy again!

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