Integrative Medicine comes to Kahului!

Dr. Lu'ukia Ruidas at Kupuola Wellness Center

Top 5 ways you could benefit from Integrative Medicine

1. Use both conventional and alternative medicines to treat and prevent disease

In addition to the use of conventional pharmaceuticals, integrative medicine incorporates other treatment practices into your full spectrum treatment plan including:

2. Emphasize health promotion and illness prevention through healthy living

Work with your integrative doctor to develop a nutritious eating plan to ensure you are taking in the right amount of nutrients your body needs to promote healthy living. Explore fun ways to make movement a part of your daily routine. Create healthy sleeping habits to give your body time to repair and recuperate. Learn ways to manage your stress effectively.

3. Develop a close relationship with your integrative doctor

Integrative medicine appointments are longer than conventional visits. Compare a typical 30-60 minute integrative appointment with the 7.5-15 minute conventional medicine visit. The additional time is spent exploring all factors that may be contributing to your illness as your integrative doctor develops a comprehensive treatment plan customized to your goals and abilities.

4. Consider all factors that influence health, wellness, and disease

These questions and others like them can be answered by your integrative doctor who has obtained additional training in complementary and alternative medicine and is better able to provide the balance needed to incorporate conventional and complementary concepts.

5. Learn the difference between not being sick and being well.

There is a world of difference between these two states of being. Move beyond just treating symptoms to improving your way of life so that you can enjoy each precious day you have here on Earth.

Dr. Lu'ukia Ruidas at Kupuola Wellness Center is a Fellow with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and offers Integrative Primary Care as well as Integrative Medicine consults for specific medical conditions. Start your exploration of Integrative Medicine with a vitamin and herbal supplement review to determine if the supplements you're taking now are the right ones for your health goals.

Look for weekly blog posts for more tips on living well!

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Dr Lu'ukia Ruidas at Kupuola Wellness Center Dr. Lu'ukia Ruidas Dr. Lu’ukia Ruidas is a board certified family physician specializing in aesthetic and integrative medicine. A native of Maui, Dr. Ruidas graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in 2002. She also received further training in aesthetic medicine and is a Fellow of the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program.

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