What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine is a relatively new concept-the blending of many forms of healing. Integrative practitioners embrace more treatment modalities than conventional practitioners, who commonly utilize only pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures. Integrative medicine strives to treat the mind, body, and spirit, incorporating complementary treatments such as acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, nutrition and supplements, homeopathy, naturopathy, massage, aromatherapy, exercise, yoga, meditation, and Reiki Energy Healing.

Integrative and naturopathic medicine share the philosophy that medical therapy should begin with the safest and most natural methods, including nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction. Treatment modalities should harness the body’s natural healing powers, using pharmaceuticals and surgery when truly necessary.

Integrative practitioners understand environmental medicine, human biochemistry and physiology, nutrition, neurotransmitters, hormones, genomics and epigenetics, and mind-body medicine. In addition to reducing symptoms, the goal is to uncover the causes of medical conditions and eliminate the illness. When a cure is not possible, the hope is to greatly reduce the illness’ impact on life quality.

Integrative care includes the element of spirituality: the incorporation of that which gives meaning and importance to one’s life. People are happiest when they are needed and loved, and when they have found purpose in life. Integrative medicine helps patients restore spirituality to their lives and acknowledges the great healing power inherent in a close doctor-patient relationship.

In summary, Integrative Medicine does not shun conventional medicine, but embraces all forms of healing which are safe and efficacious, recognizing the myriad ways in which illness develops and health is renewed.