Integrative healing is based on practitioner-client partnerships in which both conventional and alternative modalities are used to stimulate the body’s natural healing potential. It is a growing field of medicine in which the patient and providers work together to develop a diagnostic and therapeutic program that draws on a variety of traditions, expertise and modalities to address an individual’s specific needs. Protocols developed in this framework, may include one or more modalities of treatment, diagnostic testing, natural and pharmaceutical therapies, as well as, referrals to other practitioners.
Integrative Medicine is a new approach to medical care that brings patient and practitioner together in a dynamic partnership dedicated to optimizing the patient’s health and healing. This approach focuses on the whole person, recognizing that the subtle interactions of mind, body, spirit and community have a direct impact on vitality and well-being.
Generally, alternative therapies are closer to nature, cheaper and less invasive than conventional therapies, although there are exceptions. Integrative medicine selects the very best therapies from both conventional and CAM systems for each individual patient in an attempt to heal the body.