I obtained my MBChB degree from Stellenbosch University in 2008.
As a prerequisite, I took an oath in which the first line reads: “…I solemnly declare to serve humanity through the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being…”
My training in Integrative medicine is through two postgraduate courses, one at Stellenbosch University and one by Dr Bernard Brom.
I have experience in both Emergency and Integrative medicine in South Africa and the UK. I have full registration and license to practice with HPCSA, GMC and Malta medical council.
I believe in long-term solutions to health, and believe that the secret lies in finding balance.
About Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine is the best of both worlds – It is not ‘complementary and alternative,’ it is the professional practice of evidence based medicine that takes into account the entire being and aims for optimum health and wellness.
In my opinion, the best way to grasp the concept of Integrative Medicine is to think of it as BRINGING ABOUT BALANCE in order to stimulate the body’s innate healing potential.
Integrative practitioners see ‘disease’ as the end point of a system out of balance. This ‘unbalance’ was brought about due to dysfunction in the system.
This dysfunction is where Integrative practitioners focus.
The dysfunction can be brought about by many different ‘things’ – diet, stress, environmental toxins, emotional reactions, amongst others.
The focus is not only on symptom relief, but finding and reversing the dysfunction that lead to the symptom in the first place.
We aim to find long-term solutions.
“Integrative medicine and health reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.” – Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
Principles of Integrative Medicine are:
- Healing orientated approach
- Evidence based medicine
- First, do no harm principle
- Holistic: addresses bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects
- Looking at, and seeing, the ‘bigger picture’
- Focus on the relationship between patient and practitioner
- Focus on the DYSFUNCTION that lead to the reason the patient first sought help
Enable the body’s innate healing potential