Integrative medicine is the practice of integrating different strategies for health. Most often, we think of integrative medicine as the dual pronged approach of biomedicine and complementary therapies like acupuncture, homeopathy and other alternative methods.
Examples of integrative medicine is the cancer patient who uses acupuncture during chemotherapy to help abate nausea and other chemo-related side effects. It is also the person with knee pain who has undergone surgery but wants to explore acupuncture and herbal therapy in order to speed and support healing. Using integrative medicine, there are few limits to how a person can customize their own healthcare.
My personal philosophy is that we must give each person the tools they need to feel empowered around their health. Many people feel that the sole biomedical approach is not enough to bring them to a more complete sense of wellness. There is a widespread feeling that the root cause of many chronic illnesses are not addressed in the field of biomedicine. The integrative approach is one that accepts biomedicine as sometimes a necessary part of a health regimen, but seeks to maximize each person’s health potential by providing natural and holistic options to build and maintain health from the ground up.