As an Integrative Medicine physician, board-certified (ABIHM) in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, I am often asked what I mean by “Integrative Medicine”? There are a number of medical professionals who are sharing similar approaches that emphasize life-style, optimal nutrients, minimizing toxins, and using the best evidenced-based medicine research to apply modalities of nutritional medicine, herbal, and nutrient medicine as the first line in prevention of chronic diseases. There are conditions that seem to improve dramatically when approached in a manner that determines food sensitivities. Other conditions respond to herbal treatments that seemed resistant to pharmaceuticals.
Integrative Medicine is knowing when to collaborate with our peers, MD, DO, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Naturopathic, Massage, Herbal, Chinese Medicine, etc. Integrative Medicine, Naturopathic, and functional medicine approaches look for underlying causes and conditions that may predispose the individual to less than optimal health. This is a very satisfying practice style in contrast the “business as usual” practice where you wait for a disease to develop, then you treat the symptoms.
Some think of Integrative in terms of one provider using and integrating approaches from many of these disciplines. Others consider integrative practices as those that actually have practitioners of many of these modalities working as a team in one clinic or virtual clinic through collaboration.
Here is an overview article on this topic.
Don’t forget about our other clinic, Natura Integrative Medicine. While mostly for adults, Natura features many of the modalities I have mentioned above to bring the best approach to patients looking for care beyond the traditional western methods. I encourage you to look at the website to see a very comprehensive list of treatments Natura is offering.