Integrative medicine (IM) is described as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. Integrative medicine integrates the therapies of alternative medicine with those practiced by mainstream medical practitioners.
Integrative medicine is the art and science of combining multiple therapies to achieve optimal health. The patient’s participation engages them in directing lifestyle choices and empowers one in their own health maintenance.
Integrative medicine is a different approach to health management. This approach differs slightly from traditional medicine in that it emphasizes that the patient be proactive and participate in their healthcare plan and treatment.
The goal of integrative medicine is an individual’s highest level of optimal health that can be achieved for each individual. Optimal health includes a feeling of well-being and vitality.
Integrative medicine emphasizes prevention and the doctor-patient relationship is more of a partnership with the patient actively engaged in their healthcare. The quality of this doctor-patient relationship is essential in the healing process.
Coming Soon: Dr. Critelli’s presentation on Integrative Medicine, as well as her Ebook: “Integrative Medicine and Dermatology: An Introduction.”