Holistic Integrative Therapy
The holistic, integrative approach to medicine focuses on integrating the mind, body and spirit in ways that lead to wellness. Dr. Kathleen Schramm, MD, a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Certified Integrative Therapist, will integrate Eastern and Western healing modalities. They include:
Exercise and fitness with a focus on personalizing an approach that will maximize your strength, flexibility, and balance. An appropriately designed exercise regimen has been shown to enhance one's sense of wellbeing, relieve stress, and reduce physical disabilities.
Nutrition doesn't just include a healthy diet plan, but also eliminates foods that can exacerbate menopausal, bladder, and inflammatory symptoms, while implementing foods that might alleviate those symptoms, an approach often referred to as "food as medicine" or "nutritional therapy".
Meditation has typically been associated with Eastern medicine and spirituality. However, many traditional Western medical practitioners are discovering the value of these techniques in managing illness and improving health. Meditative techniques are employed in menopause to reduce hot flashes and night sweats, improve sleep, and reduce stress and mood swings. Women with a faith tradition can combine these techniques in a prayerful approach that may further enhance their benefit.
Aromatherapy uses the healing properties of essential oils to modulate menopausal symptoms. Some of the oils have herbs containing hormone-like substances that may help reduce hot flashes. Others may help reduce stress, reduce mood fluctuations experienced during menopause, and improve sleep.
The word Reiki, originating in Japan, means universal life energy. It is an ancient non-invasive healing therapy that attempts to balance the body's energy. Reiki may help modulate menopausal symptoms by normalizing imbalances brought about by the changing hormone levels in menopause.