What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine is a whole-person system that draws upon the best of science-based western medicine combined with the holistic healing practices of traditional cultures. It is an inclusive approach to healing dedicated to providing good medicine based on good science. Using broader concepts, integrative medicine not only addresses the treatment of disease, but focuses on the healing process, prevention of illness, and optimal wellness.
In the practice of integrative medicine, the relationship between doctor and patient is emphasized to build trust, communication, and partnership. Integrative medicine empowers patients to be actively engaged in their own healthcare, working with their physicians to consciously create better health on every level - culturally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, physiologically, biochemically, genetically, and nutritionally.
How is Integrative Medicine different?
While conventional medicine often focuses on treating a physiological symptom, integrative medicine takes into account the effect mind, body, spirit, and lifestyle have on a person's total health, and seeks to address all of these elements together. Whenever possible, practitioners use natural or less-invasive interventions to support the body's innate ability to heal.
Is the integrative approach right for me?
The integrative approach to healing is appropriate for anyone who is seeking treatment for a disease, or support in improving and maintaining health and wellness. Integrative practitioners pull from a broader base of medicinal knowledge- tapping into conventional wisdom, ancient healing practices, and alternative methods to provide patients with more options for healing. This inclusive approach appeals to patients who are seeking more than what Western, alternative or complementary methods can provide alone. Many patients choose integrative healthcare because they value its emphasis on relationship, patient education, and whole-person healing.
Principles of Integrative Medicine:
"With Dr. Raby, it’s not just about my body or my physical health – she understands emotions and that people are whole, individual people. She really gets the body/mind/spirit connection."
- Raby Institute patient