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Medical Philosophies: What's the Difference?


integrative practitioner, functional medicine doctor, naturopathic doctor, Dr. De Soto

When it comes to our health, we are fortunate enough to have a variety of medical philosophies to turn to; but with this diversity can come many questions:

Should I only follow one type of medical perspective?

What’s the best choice for short term relief and long-term healing?

What will my insurance cover?

And what’s the difference between them all?

At the Koa Clinic, Dr. De Soto is aware of the questions surrounding different types of medicine and what approaches may work best for each individual.

This is why she is sharing insight into current prevalent medical philosophies. She believes that having an understanding of these medicines can provide solid options for your healthcare as well as help you make the best choice for your own needs.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: This form of medicine includes practitioners from different medical philosophies working together to create a whole plan with multiple perspectives to treat a patient.

A good example of this is when Dr. De Soto works with another primary care physician, specialist, and even the Koa Clinic’s resident acupuncturist, Erin Heidrich, to use complementing strategies, such as prescribing herbs and vitamins that support the body’s systems.

WESTERN/ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE: What many of us are familiar with!

Western and allopathic medicine is the conventional, modern medicine of today that treats symptoms of illness and disease (but typically not the underlying cause). This includes primary care doctors and most specialists. This is considered “standard of care” and is what many insurance provider cover.