What We Do
What We Do
Universal Health is an Integrative Medicine Clinic. We have the philosophy of using evidence based complementary medicine and therapies with a focus on the whole person approach and individual patient care. Our practitioners are Integrated Physicians with over 45 years of expertise.
There is a wide range of disciplines at Universal Health. The combination of old and new, conventional and complementary, healthcare to maximise the natural healing of the body is what we offer at Universal Health.
Your Integrative Physician looks for the cause of illness rather than treating the effect or symptoms, thus treating the whole person. Our treatment incorporates physical, chemical and emotional factors, conducted in an environment which encourages trust, development, achievement and harmony.
“Patients want to be considered whole human beings in the context of their world”
-Dr Esther Sternberg.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine combines the best available in Health Care to obtain optimum results by maximizing the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Via the fusion of the best in conventional western medicine, evidence-based complementary medicine and other therapies within current mainstream health practice, Integrative Medicine aims in restoring, sustaining and advancing one’s health. Integrative Medicine considers all aspects of the patients’ wellbeing with specific emphasis given to the patients physical, chemical and emotional spheres. Integrative Medicine focus is always to apply the most suitable, safe and evidence – based treatments currently available. These include but not limited to: Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Naturopathy.
Currently worldwide research is being carried out to explore the potential benefits of Integrative Health in pain management, relief of symptoms in acute /chronic suffering patients and programs to promote healthy lifestyle.
Integrative medicine is not the same as alternative medicine, which refers to an approach of healing that is utilised in place of conventional therapies. Integrative medicine refers to using healing modalities that complement allopathic approaches. Health Care can be Integrative regardless of which modality is used. Strategies are used to consider the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances; using the most appropriate evidenced based interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to rectify illness and disease whilst assisting the patient in regaining and maintaining optimum health.
Natural Products such as probiotics, vitamins, minerals and herbs are also utilised in Integrative Medicine to assist in the process of attaining and maintaining optimum health.
The defining principals include but not limited to:
- All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration, including community, mind, body and spirit.
- Practitioners use modalities and assessments to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
- Interventions that are natural and less invasive are used where possible
- Medicine is grounded on evidence-based science.
- Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concept of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount
- The patient care is personalised to best address the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.
In addition to addressing the immediate health problem(s) as well as the deeper causes of the disease or illness, Integrative Medicine strategies also focus on the prevention and foster the development of healthy behaviours and skills for effective self-care the patients can apply throughout their lives. Ultimately making patients independent rather than co-dependant on care the rest of their lives.