At FLOURISH, our Nurse Practitioner, Jen Owen practices Integrative Medicine. She offers Primary and Specialty care for teens through older adults utilizing conventional medicine, functional medicine, herbal medicine, food medicine, mind-body medicine, and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Here’s what all of that means….
Integrative Medicine is the combination of modern, conventional medicine with natural and alternative medicine. It treats the whole person, including the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health through individual and personalized care. Includes a partnership between the patient and practitioner to find the root of the problem, rather than using bandaid treatments and generalized protocols. Learn more here….
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Masters or PhD educated Registered Nurse called an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Other APRNs include Certified Nurse Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists. NPs are state-licensed and nationally board-certified to diagnose illnesses, order labs and other testing, prescribe medications, and perform in the role of a primary care provider.
Primary Care Provider:
A primary care provider (PCP) is a licensed medical professional who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care for a variety of medical conditions and preventative care. PCPs act as “gatekeepers”, who regulate access to more costly procedures or specialists. The primary care provider determines the level of care that is needed, performs that care as appropriate, and makes referrals when needed.
Conventional Medicine is the care received in today’s modern society from hospital systems, doctors, APRNs, and another health care professionals. It is generally based on the treatment of symptoms with prescription drugs and surgeries. Conventional medicine is also known as modern, allopathic, western, mainstream, or orthodox medicine.
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of symptoms. By addressing root cause of symptoms, rather than just treating symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
Herbal Medicine is an ancient healing form using remedies and medicines made from plants. Herbal medicines come in the form of infusions (teas from flowers and leaves), decoctions (teas from roots and barks), extracts, capsules, steams, and more. Herbalism is based on historical uses and today, many herbs have had their efficacy proven with scientific studies. Herbs can be both effective and safe alternatives to prescription drugs, when appropriate.
Food as medicine dates back all the way to Hippocrates. Food medicine utilizes the vitamins and minerals in food to treat mild illnesses and imbalances. When we eat a “rainbow diet”, we fill ourselves with nutrient-dense foods instead of processed food and unhealthy foods. Most illnesses today are based on inflammation in the body. Healthy foods and a lower-inflammatory diet create a sustained level of wellness and is easier on the pocketbook.
Mind-Body Medicine is based on using the mind and feelings to cause a change in physical and emotional symptoms. Through techniques such as meditation, affirmations, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and many others, stress is reduced. When a person experiences less stress, there’s often less inflammation and greater balance in the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems. There is a great deal of research in the positive effects of mind-body healing techniques.
Holistic Pelvic Care™
Holistic Pelvic Care™ (HPC) combines gentle, intra-vaginal massage with breathwork for wellness care and to treat imbalances in the pelvic area. Created by Tami Lynn Kent, this specialized therapeutic healing technique is a new paradigm in women’s healthcare, and is quickly becoming part of women’s regular health maintenance. HPC is helpful for pelvic and hip pain, women’s health symptoms, postpartum recovery, and for trauma release.
*HPC is helpful for all people who were born with female anatomy regardless of gender identification.