Modern, Traditional Care

By Dr. Ira Zunin
Wednesday - October 05, 2005
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Dr. Ira Zunin (right), acupuncturist Takeshi Otsuka and therapist Tania Cortes in a case conference about their patient, local surfer Pualani Young
Dr. Ira Zunin (right), acupuncturist Takeshi Otsuka
and therapist Tania Cortes in a case conference
about their patient, local surfer Pualani Young

We at Manakai O Malama Integrative Healthcare Group and Rehabilitation Center demonstrate how a combination of modern and traditional medicine, along with a genuine concern for the individual patient, serve to promote healing and optimal health.

Implicit in this approach is our philosophy of patient-centered care. At Manakai O Malama, we believe that every patient is a unique individual who must be treated with the utmost in personal care and respect. We believe that a healing and supportive environment plays a central role in the health of our patients; and we believe that the patient-provider relationship should focus on both short-term success and long-term wellness through preventive care.

Manakai O Malama offers a full range of modern and traditional medical services in a personal and supportive environment where patient satisfaction comes first. Conventional healthcare providers work alongside traditional practitioners to partner with patients, coordinate their treatment, and ensure the best possible care.

Many people today are looking beyond modern medicine alone to fend off disease and illness and promote long-term health. Increasingly their choices include the integration of modern medical practices and traditional disciplines.

Integrative health-care is the philosophy that the combined knowledge of modern and traditional healing disciplines is ultimately superior to a conventional view of health and wellness.

The objective of integrative healthcare is to blend modern and traditional medical practices to produce safer, faster and more effective health-care. Our belief is that modern medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and various other medical practices, work best in concert to optimize patient care and promote healing.

Fundamental to integrative healthcare is a patient-centric approach that emphasizes the unique attributes of each patient. Health and healing are individually determined and may be different for each person. The goal of integrative healthcare is a collaborative approach between patient and an interdisciplinary team of practitioners that work together as partners in the healing process.

Modern medicine refers to conventional or Western medicine and represents a broad range of disciplines that find their roots in surgery and pharmacology. These include primary care, internal medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, and many others. Modern medicine tends to focus on treating specific illnesses and their symptoms.

Treatment approaches generally address the physical indicators first and emotional and environmental factors second.

Traditional healing arts describe a range of healing systems, many with centuries of accumulated practitioner knowledge and experience. Also referred to as complementary or alternative medicine, they include such medical disciplines as massage, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal medicine, chiropractic medicine, and osteopathic medicine.

Traditional healing arts tend to take a broader view of healthcare than modern medicine, looking at the integration of physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental factors when assessing a condition and prescribing treatment. These may include a patient’s diet, temperament, work environment, sleeping habits and a variety of other factors that may be contributing to a particular condition. There is now a growing volume of empirical evidence that supports these methods in the treatment of a broad range of maladies.

Manakai O Malama translates loosely in Hawaiian as the “healing spirit of the ocean.” For centuries, Hawaiians have found strength in the healing powers of the ocean and its positive effects on mind, body and spirit in restoring health. This idea is central to the healthcare approach at Manakai O Malama.

By applying the principles of integrative healthcare through a combination of modern and traditional healing practices, our goal is to treat the whole person - we help our patients balance the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual factors in their lives to achieve optimal health now and in the future.

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