"Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-orientated medicine that takes into account the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the theraputic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies."
- Dr. Andrew Weil (from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine)
Defining Principals of Integrative Medicine
Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process
All factor that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, sprit, and community, as well as the body.
Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body's intake healing response
Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible
Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
Good medicine is based in good science. it is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount
Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development
"Do you know what they call Alternative Medicine that works? Medicine." - Timothy Minchin