What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine is not the same as alternative medicine, which refers to an approach to healing utilized in place of conventional therapies; or complementary medicine, which refers to healing modalities that are used to complement allopathic approaches[i]. Integrative medicine combines treatment approaches from all scientific disciplines depending on whatever is safe and effective for the individual patient at the time. Integrative medicine is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the whole person. The full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health are all considered. Treatment strategies also focus on prevention and foster the development of healthy behaviors and skills for effective self-care that patients can use throughout their lives[ii].
At Reno Health Institute, we use an integrative approach when it comes to designing your treatment plan, and often combine nutrition and lifestyle-based medicine, mind/body approaches such as deep breathing exercises, herbal medicines, nutraceutical supplements, acupuncture, and pharmaceuticals if needed.