What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine focuses on a dynamic patient-provider partnership that encompasses the full spectrum of wellness: physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental components that affect our well-being and health. It combines contemporary medical disciplines such as Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Gynecology with Natural Therapies that demonstrate solid, definitive, reliable, consistent scientific and clinical evidence.

Defining Principles

  • The patient and provider are dynamic 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 on good science. It is inquiry driven and open to new paradigms.
  • Utilizes Evidence Based Therapies. Incorporates Cutting Edge Modalities in Treatment.
  • 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.
  • Also, focus on prevention and foster the development of healthy behaviors and skills for effective self-care that patients can use throughout their lives.

The patient and provider meet. The provider earnestly listens to the patient to understand who the patient is and what their goals are.

A personalized strategy considers the patient’s unique conditions, needs, and circumstances, it uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of disciplines to heal, to regain optimum health.

Integrative medicine seeks to restore and maintain health and wellness across a person’s lifespan by understanding the patient’s unique set of circumstances and addressing the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health.

Through personalizing care, integrative medicine goes beyond the treatment of symptoms to address all the underlying causes. In doing so, the patient’s immediate health needs, as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental influences, are taken into account.