Integrative medicine is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person's health. Employing a personalized strategy that considers the patient's unique conditions, needs and circumstances, integrative medicine uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimal health.
Integrative medicine is really all of the above and so much more. Integrative medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the whole person. It acknowledges that we all have individualized biochemical and genetic needs. It recognizes that we all can improve our health by looking at ALL the factors that impact us.
One of the fundamental differences between an integrative physician and a conventionally trained physician is that I first look at what barriers to health I might need to remove (inflammatory diet, poor stress management techniques, toxic pollutants, negative thoughts, supplements or pharmaceuticals that may be disrupting health, etc.) before I think of what to “put in".