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Integrative medicine is vital for offering holistic healthcare to patients: Dr S R Narahari

Dr S R Narahari

As health issues become more complex, the importance of integrative medicine is becoming increasingly apparent for overall patient well-being. Senior allopathic dermatologist and Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) founder-director Dr S R Narahari says incorporation of integrative medicine into mainstream healthcare is very important in achieving holistic health for patients.

Dr Narahari, who will be speaking at the first global conference ‘Yantra 2023′- Yoga & Ayurveda in Neuroscience: Therapeutics and Research Approaches’ organised by NIMHANS at Bengaluru on November 23, 24 and 25, says integrative medicine is the need of the hour as it fosters a comprehensive approach to patient care.

“It acknowledges the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit, aiming to address not only the symptoms of a disease but also the underlying factors contributing to an individual’s overall health. This holistic perspective is crucial for promoting long-term well-being and preventing the recurrence of health issues,” he added.

Dr Narahari, who has developed an integrative medicine combining Allopathy, Yoga, Ayurveda and Diet for treatment of Lymphatic Filariasis and Lymphedema after putting in years of research, says that integrative medicine tailors treatment plans to the individual, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, and preferences.

“This patient-centric approach empowers individuals to actively participate in their healing process, fostering a sense of control and engagement that is often lacking in modern medical settings,” he said adding that by embracing integrative medicine, we can develop a healthcare system that not only treats diseases but also nurtures the holistic health of individuals, fostering a harmonious balance between the body, mind, and spirit.

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