A Primary care physician (PCP) is a doctor who has broad focus of practice. Your PCP is your primary line of healthcare support when you are in need of medical care and advice. As a primary care practice, we encounter and treat a wide range of illnesses. A primary care practice serves as the center piece of your healthcare team, helping to co-ordinate your health care service providers.
In the state of Washington, we enjoy the benefit of having Naturopathic primary-care physicians. This allows you to make the “Healing Power of Nature” as the center of your health-care. Our doctors integrate Ayurvedic principles of prevention and treatment with evidence-based primary care guidelines to provide comprehensive healthcare service.
At our clinic, primary-care and prevention are the main focus of practice. We recognize that this is only achievable through a holistic approach to diagnosis, co-ordination of care with specialists, and an egalitarian doctor-patient relationship. This model of practice has greatly contributed to the success and popularity of services provided at the clinic.
Annual Wellness examination and recommendations:
Ayurvedic medicine upholds a very high standard of for health. The goal of medicine is not just to cure disease, rather Ayurvedic tradition seeks to eradicate disease. The first step towards this goal is prevention of disease. Ayurvedic physicians are trained in specialized diagnostic techniques (pulse, tongue, eyes, marma, etc.) that indicate imbalances before any physical manifestations or symptoms of disease. Our physicians combine the classical Ayurvedic diagnostics with modern techniques of physical exam and laboratory testing. On the doctor’s part, excellent diagnostic skills are paramount in practicing prevention.
On the patient’s part, one of the main foundations of effective preventive care is regular. When one is healthy, the thought of visiting their doctor is the farthest thing from their concerns. No one wants to visit the doctor unless they are sick. However, prevention is more difficult to practice after the illness has already taken hold. Effective preventive care is only attainable when patients voluntarily come in for regular annual examination.
Annual exam is a key component of health-care because it gives the doctor an opportunity to take a broader look at all factors of health, without the distractions of acute or chronic problems. Annual examination encompasses the following components:
- Gathering of complete interval history and all relevant family history.
- Discussion of patient’s health concerns, symptoms, discomforts, challenges, etc.
- It involves questioning the patient regarding various component of their health.
- Assessment of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of health.
- Past medical history, Social history, family history, etc.
- Complete physical examination
- Includes examination all organ systems and nervous system.
- Psychological screening for age-related decline or behavior and mood disorders.
- Assessment of physical, mental, and emotional state of the patient.
- Review of comprehensive laboratory examination
- Review of essential lab results that pertain to the patient’s health history or concerns.
- Recommendations of risk-related screening exams
- Special lab reports are obtained to assess for risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory disease, hormone imbalances, etc.
- Special exams are also done to assess male and female sexual health.
- Recommendations for age-related screening exams
- US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) provides guidelines for various age-related screening exams – to assess risk of cancer, chronic disease, neurological disease, etc.
- Recommendations can be individualized based on patient’s needs and history.
- Personal preventive plan
- All patients are provided a personal dietary and lifestyle protocol.
- All patients are provided a personal herbal protocol.
- Any required medications may be reassessed.
Each component of the annual physical examination provides a different perspective of the individual’s health. The true art of medicine is exemplified by the gathering of all this information, synthesizing it, and developing a comprehensive care plan for the patient. For this reason, the annual exam is an essential part of preventive medicine.