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:

  • Healing Relationship: Emphasis is placed on creating a partnership between patients and practitioner in the healing process.
  • Safe and Effective: Appropriate use of evidence-based conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response.
  • Whole-Person Healing: Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness, disease, and prevention including mind, spirit, community, and environment as well as body.
  • Inclusive and Dynamic: A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies universally. It recognizes that need to be inquiry-based, and open to exploring new paradigms of health and healing.
  • Gentle: Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
  • Optimal Health: Use of broader concepts of promotion of heath and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease



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