Do you have a health issue that just isn’t responding to treatment? There are some problems traditional medicine can’t solve, and that’s where alternative medicine can be a helpful complement. At Darien Integrative Medicine, patients in Darien, Connecticut, turn to Dr. Michael E. Doyle for integrative solutions that utilize nutrition, supplements, and mind-body approaches.
Alternative Medicine Questions and Answers
What is alternative medicine?
Alternative medicine is the general term used to describe medical treatments that don’t fall under the umbrella of traditional medicine. Sometimes alternative medicine is called complementary medicine. When combined with conventional approaches ― Dr. Doyle’s method at Darien Integrative Medicine ― this is called integrative medicine.
How does alternative medicine work in my treatment plan?
As an integrative medicine practitioner, Dr. Doyle’s goal is to get to the cause of your symptoms and to create a treatment plan that addresses your mental, physical, and emotional health. When using alternative medicine approaches, Dr. Doyle might include therapies like:
- Dietary changes: Small changes to your diet can often produce significant health outcomes when combined with other methods.
- Supplements: Dr. Doyle may recommend specific supplements to help complement any medications you’re currently taking or to replace them entirely.
- Lifestyle changes: A large part of alternative medicine is addressing lifestyle factors that affect key areas of your health like sleep, mood, stress levels, relationships, work-life balance, and more.
In most cases, alternative medicine approaches will be used in addition to conventional or traditional methods, depending on your needs. Dr. Doyle might suggest specific mind-body practices, adjustments to your schedule, or tips for creating more balance in your life through daily habits.
What are the benefits of alternative medicine?
Alternative medicine can be a beneficial part of the healing process, particularly when other methods have not worked for you. The benefits include:
In alternative medicine, your health is considered a holistic picture that encompasses your physical, mental, and emotional state. In this way, alternative medicine can address problems differently than traditional medicine.
Alternative medicine is safe and gentle, as it doesn’t include the use of pharmaceutical medications or invasive medical procedures.
At Darien Integrative Medicine, the goal is to help you learn habits that sustain your health and well-being for the rest of your life. Alternative medicine is not a quick fix, but a process of empowerment.
If you’re ready to start your alternative medicine journey, book an appointment with Dr. Doyle today using the easy online scheduler.