Integrative Medicine is a patient-centered healthcare practice that promotes the use of both conventional and evidence-based alternative medical procedures to optimize health. Medical doctors complete additional training to become specialized in Integrative Medicine.
According to practitioners of Integrative Medicine, the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. Rather than focus on treating specific symptoms, doctors of Integrative Medicine develop relationships and work together with patients to achieve long-term wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. Practitioners seek to use the least invasive, least toxic, and least costly methods.
Lasting from 60 to 90 minutes, an initial visit with a practitioner of Integrative Medicine is typically longer than an initial visit with a conventional doctor. The practitioner asks the client for detailed information about his/her medical history and health goals. This information allows the practitioner to provide an individualized approach the client’s care. The doctor will also request to share his/her treatment recommendations with the client’s other healthcare practitioners. Depending on the client’s needs, follow-up visits may be scheduled.
Integrative Medicine is used to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to treat a number of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.