FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS PERSONALIZED MEDICINE
My approach to integrative holistic psychiatry has a core perspective of functional medicine. It is primarily concerned with prevention of dis-ease and addresses the underlying causes rather than symptoms of disease, particularly useful for resolving serious chronic disease. I value a therapeutic partnership with the patient that is empowering. After eliciting the patient’s history, I then retell my understanding to the patient, based on my knowledge of the web-like interconnection of fundamental, physiological processes in the body-heart-mind-spirit continuum.
There are seven core clinical imbalances, such as hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances, energy imbalances at a cellular level, digestion/absorption and microbiological gut imbalances, detoxification/biotransformation/excretory imbalances, imbalance in structural/membrane integrity, as well as imbalance in mind-body-spirit that underlie the expression of disease and form a pattern of dysfunction. For example, one imbalance such as inflammation can cause multiple influences: heart disease, depression, arthritis, cancer, and diabetes; or one condition such as obesity can have many imbalances: inflammation, hormones, genetics, diet and exercise, and mood disorders. It is the recognition of these patterns that is the art and science of functional medicine. In this way we can choose together the right mix of diagnostic methods and laboratory tests along with specific treatments.
HEALING ILLNESS AND RESOLVING PROBLEMS
Combining Eastern traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, and meditation, for example, with modern Western Psychiatry, I employ an integrative blend of conventional and alternative healing strategies that support the whole person. Decreasing stress and boosting one’s immunity and psychological resilience can help the body cope better, heal more quickly, and maintain health. There are many healing techniques that help to reduce tension, anxiety, depression and insomnia, improving overall mental, physical and spiritual well being. They also provide tools that help increase control over one’s behavior in positive ways.
INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT OPTIONS
The following categories of integrative medicine illustrate some of the key methods utilized in integrative psychiatric treatment. They represent several distinct disciplines, along with several options within each discipline. They can be applied individually or in combination to create a customized approach for each person:
mind-body medicine - varieties of psychotherapies for individuals, couples, families, and groups, varying from psychodynamic insight-oriented, supportive, relational, brief, interpersonal, cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, positive skill building therapies such as Buddhist psychotherapy, mentalization-based therapy; meditation; hypnosis and hypnotherapy; EMDR(eye movement-desensitization reprocessing); yoga;
energetic medicine - various types of energy work including acupuncture, qi gong, tai qi, essential oils, cranial electrical stimulation, sound-work technologies incorporating toning, tuning forks, use of hemi-sync technology and specialized music to induce desired brain wave states of consciousness, chanting;
herbal medicine - Western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese herbal medicine;
nutritional medicine - digestion, diet and nutritional supplementation;
pharmacological medicine - judicious use of medications;
manipulative therapies - referral to appropriate professionals for musculoskeletal problems, pain syndromes, therapeutic bodywork and massage;
lifestyle and wellness - counseling for social, family, and work functioning, exercise, spiritual issues
MASTERING BOTH ART AND SCIENCE FOR OPTIMUM RESULTS
Critical to effective treatment is knowing which techniques to employ when, and in what combination with other complementary methods. My thirty-five years of clinical experience, continuous education and training give me mastery for both the art of creative application and the science of healing disciplines.