What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine blends ancient and modern medical wisdom to apply the best treatments for the specific needs of each individual. We view the patient as the most important member of the medical team and apply all safe and effective therapies to promote healing.

  • Patient-Centered care with the doctor as a partner
  • Treats the root cause of Illness, not just the symptoms
  • Disease management and prevention with long term health as the goal
  • Uses all traditional and complementary/alternative therapies to enhance natural healing
  • Incorporates nutrition, lifestyle changes and natural therapies
  • Treatment of the Whole Person (mind, body and spirit)  for optimum health and wellness, not just freedom from disease

Q. How can integrative medicine help me?

Initial appointments with a physician are usually one hour long, so the practitioner is able to listen and get a thorough history of your health status. The physician may order specialty lab tests to discover the underlying root cause of your health issues so that it can be addressed appropriately.  Our on-site lab provides many of these specialty lab tests, genetic testing, and has a LabCorp draw station. The treatment plan will be tailored to you for whole-body wellness.

Q. What does integrative medicine offer for chronic health conditions such as pain or disease?

Medical studies and opinion polls agree that conventional medicine may be incomplete for understanding and addressing chronic health problems, which are increasing at an alarming rate. Chronic health conditions may take a toll on the physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing of the individual.  We strive to find the underlying causes of the symptoms rather than suppress them. Programs aimed at supporting the body with detoxification and revitalization help to alleviate symptoms of many conditions such as auto-immune diseases, chronic fatigue, allergies, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, metabolic disorders, and other chronic conditions, while the body is supported  toward improved and optimal health.

Q. How can  integrative medicine help  maintain good health and function as we age?

Based on advanced and functional lab testing, we are able to find the (potential) weaknesses in a healthy person and to design preventive protocols to bring about optimal health. These might include lifestyle modifications, nutrition advice as well as therapeutic interventions and therapies for detoxification, rejuvenation, and stress management. Disease prevention and/or maintenance regimens are done customized to the patient with long term health as the goal.

Q. How much is an appointment?

A dental visit can range from $145 for a general teeth cleaning to thousands for complex dental work, veneers or zirconia implants. Our philosophy is to do the least invasive procedure possible and to preserve as much natural tooth structure as we can, as we have found this to be better for our patient's overall health.

A medical visit ranges from $395-$750 depending on the doctor, complexity of the visit and time spent with the patient. For complex medical issues, expect a 60-90 minute initial appointment.

Q. Do you take insurance?

We are an out of network  fee-for-service provider for both medical and dental. Medical providers will give you a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company, and whatever you are entitled to for payment from your insurance company will be sent directly to you. The dental team will submit the bill for you directly to your insurance company. Payment is due at the time of service. Lab work is often covered if you go to your Insurance preferred lab.

Q. Why should I come to NIHA?

National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) has been a leader in holistic & integrative medicine and biological dentistry in ithe Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area since 1995, although we have had patients from most of the fifty states. Our Integrative doctors and biological dentists have been pioneers in their respective fields, and have taught and spoken at conferences throughout the United States because of their knowledge and expertise.

Our compassionate and professional health team blends traditional and integrative medicine to encourage the body's innate ability to heal.

The team is comprised of holistic, integrative and functional medical physicians, biological dentists, pediatrician, naturopaths, chiropractor, and other health professionals highly skilled in acupuncture, massage and healing therapies, all in one convenient Washington, D.C. location.