Integrative Health...Isn't It Just "Woo Woo" Medicine"?

I get this question a lot....and the answer is...nope.

An Integrative Health Practitioner (IHP) is trained to help you rebalance the body by finding the root cause of your symptoms. While we don't diagnose, treat, or cure disease, we help people figure out WHY they are not feeling well.

Many people have suffered from symptoms that have not been helped by traditional medicine. While the Western Medicine model of healing involves a diagnosis and possibly a prescription medication or surgery, an IHP works with a variety of modalities to help the body heal itself. There are seven branches of medicine that an IHP can pull from to help alleviate symptoms and help a client get rebalanced.

So what type of symptoms can someone be having that perhaps traditional Western Medicine may not address?

• Stubborn Weight Loss

• Bloating

• Gas

• Constipation

• Menstrual Cramps

• Headaches & Migraines

• Skin Rashes

• Acne

• Low Mood & Anxiety

• Thinning Hair

• Autoimmune Conditions

• High Blood Pressure

• High Cholesterol

• Low Thyroid Function


• Hormone Imbalances

• "Mystery" Health Issues and more

A key component to helping someone get well is to have data. Functional Medicine Lab Testing gives you information about how your body is functioning at a cellular level. You will get much more information from an FM Lab test that a traditional blood draw from the doctor. Why is this?...because the labs use many more biomarkers to show current levels of what you are testing. For example, the Organic Acids Test that I recommend to clients not only shows their levels of Bacteria and Candida in the gut, but also gives information about how the body is using and metabolizing vitamins. It also provides information regarding your neurotransmitters and if your body is efficiently producing those chemicals. You know that serotonin is produced in the gut, right? It all ties together!

IHPs listen to a clients story. I spend an hour at an initial consult hearing a client's personal story about how he/she got to where they are. We not only discuss what symptoms they are currently having, but together we identify how he/she may have gotten to this point, whether it was a lifestyle change, stress, trauma, prior illness, etc.

IHPs develop customized wellness plans that will work for the client's needs. There is never a one-size-fits-all approach. Everything is personalized for the client, such as supplementation, dietary needs, exercise programming, and working on mindset for healing.

My focus is on gut health and how it relates to the rest of the body. More and more research shows that the gut and the brain are connected, and when there is inflammation in one, it causes inflammation in the other. As Hippocrates said, "All disease begins in the gut".

Recently I did a quick video on my Instagram and Facebook pages that shows one of my favorite labs that I suggest for clients who are having gut issues. Hint...look for me with a magnifying glass in the beginning of the video.

What do you think? Does an integrative health approach seem like a path you would like to explore? Let me know what you think!

Tasha Mixon is an Integrative Health Practitioner with Gut Check Integrative Health in Cleveland, OH

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