WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE?

Health is a harmonious interplay between physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspect of one’s life. When we merge them together, it’s Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine pursues healing holistically, acknowledging the relationship between the body, mind, spirit, environment, and one’s community. The practice draws from both Eastern and Western modalities, mapping out treatment plans that glean from the best of medical offerings around the globe. There is strong emphasis on the partnership between the equipped practitioner and the unique needs of each individual patient.

There are seven defining principles of Integrative Medicine:

  • The patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  • All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration, including body, mind, spirit and community.
  • Providers use all healing sciences to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible.
  • Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry driven and open to new paradigms.
  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  • The care is personalized to best address the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances. Practitioners of integrative medicine exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.