One key component of Integrative Medicine is the mind-body connection. This is why Attitude is one of my 5 Keys to Staying Healthy and why I always work with my patients to address the psychological aspects of whatever illness or symptoms we are working together to address. I also look for opportunities in my own life to explore this area of medicine which is often undervalued in conventional Western medicine approach.
For example, when I go to the dentist I don’t get injections for pain and I haven’t done so for many years. I have trained myself to work “mentally” with whatever pain might arise.
If this topic interests you, a more detailed article can be found in the August 2017 issue of Total Health Magazine. In it, I explore this subject in greater detail, including more techniques for pain management.