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Integrative Medicine

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What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is a holistic approach that uses both conventional and complementary medical therapies to prevent illness, assist in the management of disease, and create optimal health. Personalized treatments are developed to suit each person's lifestyle and strengthen self-awareness and resources for self-care. These treatments may include:

  • Functional and nutritional assessments of individual health differences and needs, which can be addressed in a natural manner through diet, exercise, and/or select, approved supplements
  • Mind-body centering exercises that increase the relaxation response
  • Guided imagery to engage the mind in the healing process
  • Gentle bodywork to promote relaxation 

What Are the Indications for Integrative Medicine?

  • People who want to take responsibility for their well-being by addressing the effects of lifestyle, emotions, and social interactions on health
  • People with conditions such as:
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Perimenopausal symptoms
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders
    • Chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease
    • Those looking for natural ways to optimally prepare for elective surgery

What Are the Contraindications for Integrative Medicine?

  • Acute illness or injury requiring immediate conventional medical attention
  • Use as the sole treatment for cancer