As an integrative medicine physician, I get asked the question “What is integrative medicine?” quite often. Since this is a fairly new specialty field of medicine, many people may not be familiar with what it is. The principle behind integrative medicine is to combine the best of what Western medicine has available with the best of what natural and holistic medicine can offer.
Traditional medicine quite often tends to focus more on treating the symptoms. Integrative medicine looks at the person as a whole and tries to reach the root and cause of the symptoms, so treatment can be addressed appropriately. Medicine is truly an art that has been lost. Treating a patient is more than checking off a bunch of lists on a computer screen. Every patient presents a unique case, and a generic treatment plan cannot be applied.
In my private practice, I use the principles of integrative medicine to really find the root and cause of illness and disease, so I can work with the patient to create a customized plan to achieve optimum wellness. We look at all aspects of health from the physical to the mental, emotional and spiritual. Health is not merely the absence of disease but rather it's the connection between the mind, body and soul. All of these components of health have to be addressed in order to achieve optimum wellness.
I see patients who have been prescribed medications for many years for illnesses, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. After getting proper treatment and focusing on the root of all of these illnesses, these diseases have been successfully reversed and patients have been able to get off of their prescription medications.
The two main causes of most diseases are nutrition and stress. Making poor choices with what you eat can result in illnesses, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even certain types of cancer. Stress can also cause a lot of symptoms and illnesses, including obesity, heart disease, insomnia and depression. I provide my patients with the tools necessary to make the right choices regarding nutrition and learn the skills necessary to cope with all the stressors that we face.
Life is a delicate balance between health and happiness. All components of your life contribute to your state of well-being. I am a strong believer of the principle of love as the foundation of health. Without loving yourself and others in your life, you are setting yourself up for potential illnesses and diseases. With my specialty focus in spiritual wellness, I tie all aspects of health and disease with the foundation of love and spirituality. Treating patients with a holistic approach allows them to free themselves from the constraints of fragmented care and reach a new level of health and wellness.
So if you are looking to reverse the disease that you already have or achieve a better state of health, you have to find a doctor who is on the same page as you, to help you get a more holistic approach to treatment, in order to achieve the optimum health that you desire. Fill your life with love and happiness so you can guide yourself through the journey into health.
Dr. Rob Berberian, D.O., is an integrative medicine specialist and the founder of Whole Health & Soul in Los Angeles, a cutting-edge medical practice providing a one-of-a-kind, customized plan for overall wellness. Recently featured on “Dr. Oz,” Dr. Berberian is the country’s leading expert in integrative medicine, where he combines the best of what Western medicine has to offer (as a board-certified doctor in family medicine) with holistic and natural medicine to allow healing that incorporates a total mind, body and soul connection.