What is integrative medicine? Unlike conventional medicine, Integrative and functional diagnostic medicine sees disease not as an enemy but as an opportunity for change and growth. Like complementary and alternative medicine, it views a person’s body as self-regulatory—that is, disease occurs when the self-regulation system gets disrupted or damaged. Yet, functional diagnostic medicine takes that concept even further. It operates on the premise that, with appropriate diagnostic testing, the “root cause” of imbalance and disruption can be restored without the use of drugs or harmful treatments.
Integrative medicine is the treatment of patients through spiritual, emotional, mental, and environmental in addition to the physical means. The general principle is that all aspects of the patient are considered in treating illness, which include natural and less invasive alternatives when possible. The patient and health care provider form a partnership that allows for a holistic approach that includes beliefs, overall wellness, and community to the healing of the mind and body. Specific techniques can include acupuncture, nutritional advisement, mind-body therapies, and holistic massages, but may involve any effective natural treatment outside of conventional methodology. However, the treatments are still rooted in scientific discovery and inquiry. Indeed, research and scientific investigation of efficacy are prevalent and an important guide of treatment. The way integrative medicine is provided can vary by location but it is ubiquitous across different avenues of healthcare. Many integrative medicine centers are associated with major teaching hospitals or healthcare organizations and are often available as consultation, comprehensive care, or a primary service.
is health oriented
is patient oriented
looks at patient as biochemically unique
is cost effective
looks at deep causes of illness
is high touch and high tech
works in true preventive medicine
is disease oriented
is doctor oriented
treats everyone the same with the same diagnosis
has become cost prohibitive
is very specialized
diagnoses an illness from a set of symptoms
is high tech
uses early detection of disease as preventive medicine
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), approximately 62 percent of Americans are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine.
Biologically based practices
using substances from nature such as herbs, special diets, or vitamins
Involving the use of energy fields that surround and penetrate the human body
Techniques that enhance the mind’s ability to affect bodily function & symptoms
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