Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Integrative medicine combines modern medicine with established approaches from around the world.
Various terms have been used to describe the broad range of healing approaches that are not widely taught in medical schools. Another term being used is Alternative medicine. These therapies may be used alone, as an alternative to conventional therapies, or in addition to conventional, mainstream medicine to treat conditions and promote well-being.
It looks at each individual on cellular level and wellness is then obtained by balancing that individual’s elements and hormones in their body. The effect of this is anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing and preventative medicine.
Integrative medicine focuses on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs and the genetic predispositions that influence health and disease, so that interventions are focused on treating the cause of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.
It is attractive to many people because of its emphasis on treating the whole person, its promotion of good health and well-being, its valuing of prevention, and it is often a more personalised approach to patient concerns.
Dr Badenhorst uses conventional and integrative medicine in combination and this combination seems to be superior to either one on it’s own.
The practice is situated in The Integrative Medical Centre and all practitioners in this centre practices integrative medicine. The focus at the IMC is on keeping patients healthy by preventing the degenerative processes of ageing and disease, thus extending lifespan and increasing the quality of life for our patients. A wide range of services are available – an integrative nutritionist, a slimming clinic, stem cell therapies, kinesiology, an integrative pharmacologist, colon cleansing and much more.