What is Integrative Medicine and Health?
Integrative medicine and health reaffirm the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.
Integrative medicine combines modern medicine with established approaches from around the world. By joining modern medicine with proven practices from other healing traditions, integrative practitioners are better able to relieve suffering, reduce stress, maintain the well-being, and enhance the resilience of their patients.
There is a general trend happening within conventional medicine with the introduction of complementary practices, and a very clear integration of these practices. It is believed that this integration process is preceding the next paradigm shift in medicine, which will move away from its specialization in biochemistry and drugs, towards a more energetic understanding, as physicists and engineers become part of research teams.
Traditional medicine has also introduced doctors to a more organic and intuitive medicine, where experience is given equal status to experiment. This movement from biochemistry to bio-energy, from experiment to experience, from parts to wholes and from individual organs to complex dynamic systems has been incorporated into a system of medicine now referred to as Integrative Medicine.