Areas of Interest
Integrative Medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that takes account of the whole person (body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between patient and practitioner, and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.
How is Integrative Medicine Different?
|Conventional Medicine||Integrative Medicine|
|Manages disease||Optimizes health|
|Treats symptoms||Treats the whole person|
|Finds the problem
and fixes it
|Identifies the risk and minimizes it|
|Uses high-touch, whole person approaches|
|Reacts to existing
|Anticipates possible health issues
and promotes prevention
|Intervenes as needed||Plans across the life span|
|Relies on the patient to achieve health goals||Supports the patient to achieve health goals|
|Directed by the physician||Guided by a partnership between patient, physician and a team of expert practitioners