There are many conditions that are not successfully addressed by conventional medicine. At the Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine we offer what we believe is a more balanced and effective approach to the treatment (or support) of such conditions which range, for instance, from a number of life threatening illnesses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to nutritional disorders, allergies and circulatory problems.
We combine a range of approaches, which are broadly described as integrated medicine and focus on chronic illnesses.
The techniques we use include state-of-the-art medical technology and subtle energy therapies such as homeopathy and acupuncture.
The approaches we use in life threatening illness do not have as good an evidence base as do conventional approaches. The treatments we offer are by comparison, safer than conventional treatment modalities, but it is important to realise that significantly less research has been done with the approaches we offer than with conventional approaches. This is why our treatment programmes are offered on an ‘informed consent’ basis only. Therefore, it is important not to have false hopes as to what we might be able to achieve.
Conventional & Alternative Treatment
We discuss conventional methods of treatment for life threatening illness with patients, as well as looking at alternatives using complementary medicine.
Our approaches are broad. Many of them are not proven in the conventional medical sense. Conventional medical trials tend to have a linear way of thinking in relation to the way they are set up, ie do Intervention A to get Result B. This is the basis of much of evidence-based medicine with the gold standard being recognised as the randomised control trial. This is the basis on which most healthcare funding decisions are currently made. We are absolutely clear about this to our patients and this is therefore why our treatments are given on an informed consent basis only.