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)

Additionally,

  • 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

 

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