Healing that cares inspired Dr. Imelda “Meddie” Edodollon, MT, MD, NMD in going into integrative medicine – a medical approach different from the conventional one that Filipinos are used to.
Dra. Meddie, who has been a medical practitioner for the past eight years, believes that integrative medicine is best approach in healing the whole person – not just the body, but the person’s mind and soul as well. Her strong desire to make a difference made her establish the Holistic Integrative Care Center (HICC), which combines the best practices of both conventional and alternative medicine on top of her compassionate approach in handling patients.
“In the field of medicine, being healthy does not mean the absence of disease. Being healthy means that one achieved a balance of everything,” she said.
According to Dra. Meddie, integrative medicine takes a holistic approach which means that everything about a patient is being treated –their mind, body and soul. It is so encompassing diagnosing a patient can take at least an hour. This field of medical science combines the use of conventional medicine, traditional medicine, herbal medicine, proper and monitored diet, lifestyle modification, psychological analysis and many other approaches depending on the condition of a patient. It establishes that sickness may be brought about by many factors such as medical background, emotional problems, improper diet, constant stress, mental conditions and even environmental conditions.
Dra. Meddie started practicing integrative medicine in 2012 and established HICC in 2015 to cater to the needs of clients or patients who have had long-standing, seemingly incurable illnesses which remained unresolved by standard medical practice and procedures. She spent time in studying many treatment methods and various medical institutions abroad offering alternative medical studies.
She opted to focus on HICC after personally witnessing how integrative medicine saved her father’s life after he suffered from multiple organ failure (lungs, heart and kidney failure). Like many who refuse to give up on their loved ones, Dra. Meddie searched for a cure for her father’s apparently hopeless situation. Her search led her to integrative medicine, which in turn resulted in her father’s survival. He not only survived, but his condition improved and is still improving as of this time.
Since then, Dra. Meddie practiced integrative medicine which is governed by several international protocols. In fact, she is the only Filipino doctor who is recognized by the Gerson Institute in San Diego, California – an institution that introduces a kind of alternative therapy that cures cancer and other chronic diseases. She is also among one of the few medical integrative medicine practitioners in the Philippines, who offer patients a better quality of and a disease-free life.