What Is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine is a marriage of conventional Western medicine with other healing modalities, including complementary and alternative medicine. Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor uncritically embraces alternative therapies. Rather, integrative medicine can be described as a practice that tailors the individual patient’s recommendations from the best scientifically supported therapies of both systems.
Defining Principles Of Integrative Medicine
The patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process. All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are considered, including the body, mind, spirit, and community.
Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response. Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible. Good medicine is based on sound science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms. Broader concepts of health promotion and prevention of illness are paramount.
Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.