I know that there are many new terms used in the medical field these days to describe the way we approach our medical care. Integrative Medicine is one of those terms and I think it is important that we have a common definition and understanding of the term. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post by Alan Briskin that helps clarify this idea.
“Integrative medicine is an ecosystem of support for pursuing your own health and well-being. Inside that ecosystem is someone who cares about you. Integrative medicine is emerging from a successful history of treating physical ailments that often eluded Western modalities of care to become an ecosystem of support for health and wellness. Possibly the most visible sign of this development is the increasing attention of integrative medicine to primary care, where prevention and regard for the whole person is most critical.”
You can read his entire post at the DailyGood website.