Unfortunately, this is the norm. Of course, holistic wellness is a threat to medical doctors, which is why it’s referred to as “woo-woo” science or quackery. On the other hand, the pandemic caused some doctors to rethink traditional medical offerings as more of them are moving into alternative health via the integrative medicine field. Simply put, integrative medicine clinics are where licensed medical doctors offer billable holistic techniques alongside other areas of expertise. Per PerMed Central – an online research database run by the U.S. National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM), integrative medicine is defined as:
Practicing medicine in a way that selectively incorporates elements of complementary and alternative medicine into comprehensive treatment plans alongside solidly orthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment.
In the Shreveport-Bossier area, there are a few integrative medicine doctors such as Dr. Nicole Cotter, who focuses on integrative arthritis consultations, and Dr. Karen Pendleton of Pair O’Docs, a lifestyle medicine doctor. The choice for who you see is totally up to you! 👍