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Immune Support with Holistic Health

The prevalence of autoimmune disease has been on the rise over the past 30 years according to researchers at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. More than 80 diseases have been named because of the immune system attacking the body’s healthy cells and tissues, which can lead to chronic fatigue, pain, muscle aches, and all sorts of other symptoms. Many autoimmune diseases disproportionately affect women. If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, or you have fatigue, joint pain and swelling, skin problems, digestive issues, or other concerning symptoms, functional medicine doctor and board-certified family medicine physician Miiko Rowley, MD, and her expert team can help. At Kale Functional Medicine in Houston, Texas, the team offers personalize treatments for autoimmune syndromes. Functional Medicine has proven to be effective at treating various autoimmune diseases including but not limited to: multiple sclerosis, thyroid disorders, lupus, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Schedule an appointment by phone and speak with a friendly team member or book online to learn more

How can these holistic practices complement my healthcare?

A person could use these practices and therapies instead of conventional medicine, as an alternative. However, this is less common and may pose risks. It is not a good idea, for example, to abandon conventional cancer treatment for a “miracle” botanical medicine. But it might make sense to see a massage or healing touch therapist while undergoing chemotherapy to help your body recuperate.
Thus we see these holistic healing practices as complementary to conventional care and a key part of integrative healthcare.

How do I get the best of both worlds?

We believe that the goal is to move toward integrative healthcare-where the best of both conventional therapies and holistic healing practices are available to all, and providers from both work together for the best patient outcome. This is already happening-many physicians and nurse practitioners now recommend botanical medicines or chiropractic, for instance. And it will continue to grow as informed healthcare consumers demand the best of both worlds.

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What are some specific holistic practices?

There are literally hundreds of types of holistic healing practices, with new therapies or variations emerging continuously. This can make it a little overwhelming when you are first starting out. Luckily, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, at one time grouped most of these therapies and practices into five categories. Understanding the categories can help you identify the key characteristics of a particular practice or therapy.
  • Alternative Medical Systems are complete systems that developed outside of the Western biomedical approach. Examples are Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.
  • Mind-Body Interventions include behavioral, psychological, social, and spiritual approaches. Examples are cancer support groups and relaxation classes.
  • Biologically-Based Therapies use plant or other biological materials. Examples include herbal medicines and aromatherapy.
  • Manipulative and Body-Based Methods use manipulation, touch, or movement of the physical body. Examples include massage therapy and chiropractic.
Energy Therapies involve some form of energy to heal, including electromagnetic, ultrasonic, thermal, or subtle energy. Examples include healing touch and Reiki.

Is holistic integrative healthcare safe & effective?

It is very important to evaluate every part of an integrative healthcare plan, whether complementary or conventional, to determine if it is safe and effective.

  • Safe generally means that the therapy will not cause harm or be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
  • Effective means that the therapy works in the way that it is intended to work.

In reality, it is nearly impossible to determine with 100% certainty whether any treatment or therapy is safe or effective for all people. So another way to look at this question is to examine the risks, benefits, and evidence. Ask the following questions and do some research to find good answers.

It is important for you to evaluate all three-risk, benefit, and evidence-and then determine if the therapy is right for you.

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