Internal Medicine - Restorative Health Center for Integrative Medicine
Internal medicine is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, management and treatment of diseases ranging from simple issues to severe or chronic conditions. Doctors of internal medicine, or internists, are trained to treat a wide variety of conditions across the body's different systems, such as the cardiac, respiratory, digestive or nervous systems. The prevention of disease, general wellness, and mental health are also an important part of an internist's care of a patient.
In the current medical model, however, many internists specialize and center their practice on one organ system or one area of medicine, rather than dealing with the whole person. Standard formulas are used to treat symptoms rather than looking at the unique concerns of the patient, thus the patient/physician relationship of mutual trust and respect can break down.
At Restorative Health, internal medicine is practiced the way it was originally intended, with a treatment model that looks at the interrelated and often complex nature of illness, and all aspects of the person, body, mind, and spirit. Patients are educated about the entire picture of their health, how one problem might affect another, and provided education on preventive measures they might adopt. An integrated practice of internal medicine helps to bring back the trust and shared patient/physician relationship: individuality is reintroduced to the diagnoses and treatment process, and you, the patient, are brought back in to cooperate with the doctor and assume your proper role as (in) co-managing and improving your health.
Restorative Health provides an excellent environment to begin this process.