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What is Integrative Medicine?

    Integrative Medicine is: The integration of different systems of medicine including Western medicine (allopathic medicine), Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Bodywork, Yoga, healing touch, and meditation. 

    The best elements of each system are integrated into one coherent system of healing

    The integration of mind, body, and soul. Every individual is complex, with unique needs, strengths, and challenges.

    The integration of the treatment team and the patient. Integrative medicine emphasizes collaboration and mutual respect with providers and patients coming together as a team to work toward the common goal of the patient’s wellness and healing.

    The integration of logic and intuition, of science and compassion. Integrative medicine is guided by patient goals, as well as sound, evidence-based principles.

What is the difference between Integrative Medicine and “Complementary and Alternative” Medicine? Is Integrative Medicine the same as Mind-Body medicine?

Integrative Medicine is the synthesis of western medicine and western psychology with eastern medicine and eastern psychology.

It includes several complementary treatments, but uses only those treatments that have evidence for use.

What is the approach and scope of Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine does not replace, as much as enhance conventional medical care. We always work with the patient’s primary doctor, or primary consultant physician in order to achieve 2 primary goals:

a) Imroved Quality of Life
b) Better Outcomes

For example, if someone has a heart problem, we would address issues of body, mind, and spirit, as follows:

1.Body: We would enhance the patient’s ability to control risk factors for heart disease: Smoking, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol. This would be done with the appropriate treatments depending on the individual but could include diet and exercise recommendations, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, stress reduction exercises, meditation, massage, acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Yoga.

2.Mind: Help with stress management. Improve mood, and personality issues, all of which can increase the severity of heart disease. For example, someone with the so-called type D personality has an increased likelihood of dying from heart diease.

3. Spirit: Anyone who has ever been afflicted by any severe illness knows that it’s not just the mind and the body that are affected, but also the spirit. Often, this raises spiritual questions and issues in the patient’s mind:

What is death?What has my life been about?

How has this affected my goals?

How has the change in my life’s trajectory affected me?

What do I really want from life?

Is there any meaning to the suffering?

How can I find peace and joy?

 

At first glance, these issues may seem like irrelevant philosophy, of no consequence to the treatment of heart disease. But they are important. If unexplored and unanswered, they make it harder for the patient to resume a healthy and happy life.

From the perspective of Integrative Medicine, an illness or setback can be an opportunity for a person to gain a powerful and positive spiritual insight about his or her life.

What Conditions is Integrative Medicine For?


Integrative Medicine can help with a variety of conditions of mind or body, especially when conditions include both mind and body.

Examples

    Pain – physical or emotional 

    Anxiety and Depression

    Stress related conditions

    Relationship Difficulties

    Grief and Loss

    Chronic Illnesses

    Digestive and weight related problems