Integrated or Integrative Medicine is practising medicine in a way that selectively incorporates elements of Complementary and Alternative medicine into comprehensive treatment plans alongside solidly orthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Integrative medicine is not simply a synonym for Complementary medicine. It has a larger meaning and mission with it’s focus being on health and healing, rather than only on disease and treatment.
It views patients as whole people with minds and spirits as well as bodies, and includes these dimensions into diagnosis and treatment. It also involves patient and provider working together to restore and maintain health by paying attention to lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, quality of rest, stresses and the nature of relationships. Conventional medicine has become evermore dependent on high-tech solutions, and turned its back on holism and simple, effective methods of intervention. A combination of everything available coupled with commonsense and a focus toward new innovations is the best choice.