Integrative Medicine is when the experts explore ways of treating the whole person; mind, body and spirit simultaneously. Many doctors and patients are becoming more interested in treating the whole person and not just the disease. By taking this approach, doctors are able to see extensive results and are learning more about their patients than ever before! A few of the treatments that are considered Integrative Medicine include; The Myers Cocktail, Chelation Therapy, and Lymphatic Drainage. While these names may sound intimidating, they have actually done some amazing things in spite of their few side effects.
Exploring the side effects of The Myers Cocktail and of Chelation Therapy
The Myers Cocktail was named after its’ creator Dr. John Myers. Dr. Myers wanted to give his patients the vitamins they needed without forcing them to take more pills. So he created a cocktail of vitamins that would be administered intravenously. This cocktail was made entirely of natural vitamins but, that doesn’t mean there aren’t side effects! Myers Cocktail side effects:
- Feeling Lightheaded
- Feeling Faint or actually fainting
- Feeling hot for more than a few seconds
Chelation Therapy is a very effective way to treat heavy-metal poisoning. Chelation means “to bind” which is exactly what this process does. It binds to the poisonous metals and then is removed through the kidneys. Like The Myers Cocktail, there are side effects of Chelation Therapy that include headache; burning feeling at injection point, and nausea. For both of these treatments, side effects may not happen to everyone since each person is different. However, each person needs to weigh the possible side effects of the treatment against the possible healing.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Another natural healing treatment that is considered to be a form of Integrative Medicine is Lymphatic Drainage. The name sounds like something that most people would run from but in reality, lymphatic drainage is incredibly beneficial. Our Lymphatic systems clean and nourish the cells in our bodies as well as assist with circulation. Lymphatic Drainage is a way to keep this important system in check. Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage include detox; reduce swelling, promote healing and relaxation. After a long Winter or any long stressful period in a persons life, detoxing the lymphatic system with this therapy technique is the key! Specifically, pregnant women will benefit from this therapy to help their circulation in their legs and feet.
The use of Integrative Medicine has many pros compared to their cons and although it is still being researched, these methods could potentially help in spite of their minimal side effects.