Integrative Medicine is a whole-person approach to health that incorporates therapies that are both evidence based and experience based. It treats your symptoms and diseases by addressing the biological, behavioral, emotional and spiritual factors that influence your health. It also promotes healthy behaviors and self-care practices that you can continue throughout your life to meet your long-term wellness goals.
What is the difference between holistic and integrative medicine?
Often, integrative treatments are complementary to traditional medications and procedures that are prescribed by your primary care or specialty doctor. When combining these two types of treatment, it’s important to communicate with your healthcare providers to ensure that everything you are doing is working together. This includes discussing any herbs or supplements you are taking, if you’re considering acupuncture or other mind-body techniques and any other treatments that may be recommended by your integrative practitioner.
Studies suggest that the use of integrative medicine is beneficial for patients with chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also shown to be effective for reducing pain and fatigue and improving quality of life.
As our understanding of integrative medicine grows, it is our hope that more medical professionals will be able to offer their patients these holistic approaches. In order to achieve this goal, it is important to educate physicians on the fundamentals of different integrative disciplines and to advocate collaborative treatment practice. It is also necessary to strengthen scientific research on alternative and natural therapies, as well as improve awareness of the benefits and risks associated with all medical practices.
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