What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine strives to provide the best of both conventional medicine and complementary modalities. It is healing-oriented medicine that addresses the whole person. This is in contrast to our western conventional medical system that has become essentially a disease management system. Integrative medicine is informed by evidence.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) describes two main subgroups of complementary approaches:
Natural products (vitamins, minerals, botanicals, probiotics, etc)
Mind and body practices (yoga, massage, chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation, breathing, relaxation, acupuncture, tai chi, progressive muscle relaxation, etc)
- Other complementary health approaches (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, naturopathy, etc)
Complementary approaches are used together with conventional medical approaches to create an individualized treatment plan