Integrative Medicine

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine is an approach to care that places the patient at the center. A medical physician with integrative medicine training examines the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences affecting your health. It is healing-oriented care that seeks to restore and maintain health and wellness through more personalized care.

The Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine

A partnership between the patient and practitioner in the healing process.

Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness, and disease - including mind, body, spirit, community.

Investigate and address the underlying causes of illness, rather than treating only the symptoms.

Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response.

Critical evaluation and selection of conventional and alternative therapies based on clinical outcomes and known side effects.

Recognition that good medicine should be based on good science that is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.

Use of natural, less-invasive and effective interventions whenever possible.

Promotion of health and prevention of illness is paramount.

Integrative Medicine can help:

  • Patients who are looking for health care options that go beyond medication and conventional treatment.

  • Patients who want to avoid taking drugs for their symptoms or conditions.

  • Patients who have specific symptoms but are told there is nothing wrong with them and their laboratory workup is "normal".

  • Patients who want more time with their physician.

  • Patients who have a constellation of symptoms and are subsequently referred to different specialists for each symptom or condition.

  • Patients who have sought out alternative therapies (ie. supplements, mind-body work, etc.) but are unsure if the treatments are working for them.