What is integrative medicine?
Integrative health (also called integrative or complementary medicine) is a comprehensive, holistic approach to health care and wellbeing in addition to continuing conventional allopathic medicine. According to the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, “the field of integrative health and medicine reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and professions to achieve optimal health and healing.”
Integrative health is not the same as alternative medicine. At the Center of Integrative Medicine, we incorporate integrative health services into our comprehensive medical system to help you meet all of your health needs—physical, emotional, and social.
Health Care Based on Facts
Integrative health approaches are backed up by the findings of medical research. This is called “evidence-based medicine.” In addition, integrative health care is based on these other defining principles of integrative medicine:
- You and your doctors are partners in your journey of regaining perfect health.
- Your care team takes into account all of the factors that may affect your health and wellness, including your mind, body, spirit, and community.
- Your body heals best when both conventional and non-mainstream methods are used in combination to promote the healing response.
- Integrative health encourages the use of natural, less invasive approaches.
- Integrative health physicians do not reject conventional medicine, nor accept alternative therapies without critically evaluating the evidence supporting their use.
- In addition to treating your discomfort or illness, your care team understands that promoting health and preventing disease are paramount goals.
- Practitioners of integrative medicine also live by its principles and continually explore and develop themselves.
Integrative Health Modalities
There are many types of integrative healthcare services, and they are not one-size-fits-all. The key is to learn what your personal health needs are and to find the service or services that are best for you and address your individual symptoms. Examples include:
- Modern Pharmaceutical Medicine (as needed)
- Functional Medicine and Essential Supplements
- Regenerative Therapies
- Nutritional counseling
- Progressive relaxation
- Yoga and more
Who Can Benefit from Integrative Health?
Everyone! Whether you could use some deep breathing exercises to get you through a busy work day or acupuncture to help relieve chronic back pain, integrative health has something for everyone. Studies have shown that integrative health practices can help people recovering from short-term discomfort such as pain after surgery to those living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, depression and anxiety, autoimmune diseases, and digestive complaints. We all have something in our lives that could be improved by integrative health approaches.
A National Commitment
Integrative health care is continuing to gain traction as science supports its benefits and more people experience the improved wellbeing and quality of life it affords. The U.S. National Institutes of Health created the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health “to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.” For more information about integrative health care, visit nccih.nih.gov.
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a systems biology–based approach focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Most functional medicine doctors solve complex and multifaceted health issues.
What conditions can functional medicine treat?
Some of the most common conditions that functional medicine can treat are chronic conditions including diabetes, thyroid, arthritis and cardiovascular diseases.
Functional Medicine that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness. A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.
We analyze lab results and reports in order to advise an Integrative approach with modern allopathic medicine alongside evidence-based functional medicine to restore the malfunctioning body organs. This is also followed by an individualized diet guide and lifestyle modifications to regain perfect health.
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