MedSave Clinic is pleased to announce its expansion in the direction of holistic, alternative, integrative or complementary medicine. All of these more or less interchangeable terms refer to medical practices and methods that extend or complement the current medical approach of diagnostic testing to establish a diagnosis of disease, followed by drug treatment or surgery. In addition, these styles of medical practice approach the patient as a whole and unique individual, and attempt to help the patient achieve health rather then just absence of or freedom from a disease. We have been oriented since opening in 2007 toward Urgent Care, the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries that are not life-threatening, in a setting that may be more convenient and comfortable than the standard physician’s office or hospital emergency department. We have also offered Pain Management services, focusing on the evaluation of painful conditions and the treatment of chronic pain for which curative surgery or effective physical procedures cannot be offered; in practice, this means the use of medications for pain treatment and often involves the use of pain medications for which regular and careful followup is required, in order to assure safe use of these medications and to comply with increasingly strict state and federal laws. Finally, we have been certified to offer Addiction Medicine treatment with Suboxone, an opioid medication that has been approved for the outpatient treatment of narcotic addiction. We will of course continue to offer these services at our offices in Canal Winchester and Worthington.

Holistic or alternative medicine is sometimes called “natural” medicine, because it makes use of medicines derived from nature and seeks to facilitate and stimulate the body’s own remarkable ability to heal itself of disease and injury. It also seeks to help balance or harmonize patient’s lives, and to help integrate our inner lives and outer experiences, so that the gift of life can be enjoyed and utilized to the fullest. There are many branches of this kind of medicine, which is both very new and very old, and embraces both out own culture and healing traditions and those of other places and times. We will begin with homeopathic and naturopathic medicine. Homeopathy teaches that recovery from illness is the result of the body’s own vital force or energy, and that these can be activated with very small doses of natural remedies that in large doses cause the ailments they are used to treat. Naturopathic medicine uses herbs, oils and nutritional supplements to assist the body and spirit in healing themselves.