WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE?
Integrative medicine is grounded in the definition of health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Our mission is to ensure the patient’s needs are at the center of the treatment plan. We employ our knowledge and skill to restore and maintain the health and wellness of our patients throughout their lives. We do this by understanding each patient’s unique set of conditions, needs and circumstances and then addressing the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect an individual’s health.
Through personalizing care, our mission goes beyond the treatment of symptoms to address all the causes of an illness. it uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimum health.
In doing so, the patient’s immediate health needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental influences are taken into account.
The defining principles of our clinic are:
- The patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
- All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration,
- including body, mind, spirit and community.
- Providers use all healing sciences to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
- Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible.
- Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry driven and open to new paradigms.
- Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
- The care is personalized to best address the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances. Practitioners of integrative medicine exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
In addition to addressing and handling the immediate health problem(s) as well as the deeper causes of the disease or illness, we also focus on prevention and foster the development of healthy behaviors and skills for effective self-care that patients can use throughout their lives.
WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY?
There are many different terms used to describe that. You may have seen or heard some of the following terms among dentists:
- Integrative Dentistry
- Holistic Dentistry
- Alternative Dentistry
- Biological Dentistry
- Unconventional Dentistry
- Biocompatible Dentistry
- Mercury-Safe Dentistry
And the list goes on and on.
Integrative dentists believe in something called the “mouth – body – connection”, we assess your oral health as a representation of your total health and wellness, and looking at how your systemic health affects your oral health, in other words, these two are dependent on each other.
Integrative dentists understand that oral health impacts the health of the entire body because the teeth, gums, and mouth are highly integrated with the other body systems.
To integrative dentists, the body, including the mouth, is a whole or holistic system. Consider the gut, the mouth is the entryway to the gut, and the gut affects the health of everything else. If the mouth able to take in nutritious foods and is not suffering from infection, the gut will be healthy as well, and thereby, the body.
Integrative dentists combine conventional treatment methods with alternative, holistic methods to improve your well-being both systemically and orally, because they believe a blended approach will achieve better results.
Integrative dentists would rather maintain health and prevent disease rather than “get it fixed” after the fact. They do this by performing treatments that have positive long-term effects and by providing advice in areas like nutrition and lifestyle. Their goal is to overcome the root of the problem rather than the symptom in order to prevent future issues.
Integrative dentists understand the “mouth-body connection,” they try to use as minimally invasive treatments as possible in order to protect the health of the body as well as the mouth.
We strongly believe in using only the most biocompatible materials available to minimize your exposure to any toxins that may cause negative systemic problems.We accomplish this by offering:
- Metal-free, mercury free, BPA-free fillings
- Ceramic or porcelain crowns
- Low dose x-rays
- Safe removal of mercury amalgam fillings
- Use herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies,medical ozone, infra-red light, and others to stimulate and promote the body’s natural healing process, calm anxiety, alleviate pain and thus create a non-toxic systemic environment during healing.
Provide other medical modalities, such as acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, nutritional counseling, and more to improve your treatment results.
One of the biggest issues in healthcare today is the lack of coordination between a patient’s healthcare providers, we aim to bridge that gap. We spend time listening to you – your concerns, preferences, ideas, and questions and hold that ultimately, you are in charge of your body and your treatment. Only by fully understanding your personal situation and treatment options, you can choose how to proceed with care, directing us as you believe is best.
We provide a natural approach to your oral health and wellness without compromising quality or beauty.
WHAT DOES SHAFAA MEAN AND WHAT DOES THE BIRD STAND FOR?
Shafaa or Shifa means “The Healing, Curing, Recovery.”
Shafaa Center is where those who are suffering come to be restored and healed. Where in concert with the Universe Integrative medicine and dentistry will restore health.
The bird is called ‘Simurgh,’ a benevolent, mythical bird in Iranian mythology and literature. It is believed the feathers of the Simurgh heal deep wounds with as little as a touch. Mythology also says when the Simurgh takes flight, it purifies the land and water, bestowing fertility. The Simurgh is associated with medicine and rebirth.
It is believed the Simurgh lived in the Tree of Life, from which the seeds of all plants originated. When the Simurgh took flight, the beating of its wings caused the seeds to scatter all over the world.