What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative, to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
The principles of integrative medicine (Adapted from Dr. Andrew Weil):
- A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
- Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body
- A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
- Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
- Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
- Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease
Recommendations may include multiple healing modalities such as acupuncture, botanical medicine, dietary supplements, mind-body therapies such as guided imagery, mindfulness-based meditation, and nutritional & lifestyle recommendations.
As a physician trained in Western medicine, a comprehensive understanding of disease pathophysiology, pharmaceutical treatments and possible herb-drug interactions will be utilized, taking the utmost precaution in my recommendations.