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Integrative Health at VA

Veteran receving acupuncture from VA provider
Thursday, February 14, 2013

The principals behind an integrative approach are to treat the whole self; mind, body, and spirit. To approach health from a wellness model, not an illness model.  The belief is that each individual is in control of their own health, thus must do the work to change their lifestyle, beliefs, and old habits in order to facilitate healing.
Classes and services that are available to Veterans within Integrative Health include the following:

Mind Body Bridging: This is an 8-week training course.  The group learns simple skills that allow one to deal with issues related to PTSD using a Mind body approach.  This class needs a consult.

Choose To Heal: This is an 8 week course that teaches stress reduction techniques. It provides information on alternative and complimentary modalities that help activate our natural healing abilities. This class needs a consult.

Qi Gong:  This is a class that is a combination of breathing, meditation and slow, even movements to influence the flow of your personal Qi (your own energy). Qigong taught at the VA is a medical form focused on balancing energy and promoting healing. This class needs a consult.

Visualization And Meditation:   A class that is composed of the body’s energy sense, and major chakra's and how they influence every aspect of our lives. Also teaches deep diaphragmatic breathing and positive visualization.
 
Hypnosis:  A mental state of focused concentration during which a person is guided into a relaxed state. Hypnosis can cause a deep sense of relaxation, and may be associated with changes in brain wave activity. Hypnosis may be used for pain management, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other health issues. This appointment needs a consult.

Yoga:  A class that concentrates on the conscious breath, movements, meditation and sequencing of body poses. This class needs a consult.

Acupuncture:  A Chinese medicine treatment which includes the insertion of tiny needles used to treat many health issues, both emotional and physical. Restores and balances the body's flow of Qi, or vital life energy.  Commonly used here at the VHA for the treatment of pain, traumatic brain injury, and post traumatic stress disorder for our Veterans. This appointment needs a consult.

*Veterans must discuss these options with their primary care providers prior to beginning any of the above, as some do have certain criteria.  A consult needs to be placed for many of these services.
Integrative medicine is not meant as a replacement for primary care, but when used in combination, can be a wonderful asset to conventional medicine, and a way to learn about your body's own innate ability for of healing.

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