© 2019 by Howard Chen, MD

Integrative Medicine Consultations

What is medicine?  In medical school at the University of Rochester, I, along with the rest of my class, took the Hippocratic Oath, an oath that governs the ethical behavior of physicians.  Specifically, a portion of the Oath states, "I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required..."

 

It's important to note here that there is no mention of drugs or surgery as being the only appropriate measures for the sick.  In fact, the next line of the Oath states, "I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug."

When I understood the true meaning of these lines, I realized that my job was not just to help my patients using the tools that I was taught in medical school, but to continue to search for "all measures" that could benefit my patients. 

This is what has led me to practice integrative medicine - a style of medicine that I like to define as, The use of all available evidence-informed therapies to bring us further along the pathway towards Health and Wholeness. 

Many of my patients already practice their own version of Integrative Medicine, seeing the Western Medicine Provider as well as a host of complementary therapists, such as Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, and Energy Healers.  

I see it as my job as your Integrative Physician to bring to you the best care that Western Medicine and Complementary Therapies can offer you.  Let me help you understand your health through the multitude of viewpoints that these modalities provide, and let me help guide you in selecting appropriate therapies for your health concerns.

 

My personal philosophy regarding medicine is that there is indeed a treatment that will improve your condition.  We just need to maintain an open mind and a willingness to find it.  

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