Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine (IM) combines alternative methods of health care with conventional methods, providing the patient with a larger set of best practice choices to fit needs and conditions. Integrative practices may be based on ancient wisdom; supernatural ideas; use of herbs; the body’s own healing mechanisms; alternative healing techniques such as acupuncture, mindfulness techniques, diets, or movement; and guided therapies. Complementary medicine (CM), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), integrated medicine or alternative medicine (AM), and holistic medicine are among many alternate names used. It is also often considered synonymous with functional medicine.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine, which focuses on caring for the whole human being—body, mind, spirit, and community, not just flesh, bones, and organs—is steadily becoming a desirable and logical option for many people.

A Revolution in Healthcare

According to Rachel Naomi Remen, Integrative Medicine offers the promise of living a good life, even though it may not be an easy life, or even a long life.

Listening in with . . . Andrew Weil

Wellness pioneer Andrew Weil, M.D., learned about healing first from Harvard Medical School and then from indigenous peoples on three continents.

The Promise of Integrative Medicine

Disillusioned by decades of disease-focused medicine, more doctors and patients are now shifting their focus to whole-person health.

Lifestyle Counseling: A Missed Opportunity

We need to reduce our emphasis on disease management and emphasize health promotion instead. How much more desirable—and less expensive—it would be to prevent diabetes and heart disease, rather than to have to treat those diseases and their myriad complications.—Andrew Weil

Interview: Aviva Romm, M.D. | the New Health Paradigm

Aviva Romm is a midwife, herbalist, ecologist, mother, writer, and Yale-trained MD. She is the author of seven books. Her latest, this amazing book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, was the #1 bestselling thyroid and immune health book.

Dr. Andrew Weil Says We’re Taking Too Many Medicines

People expect to be medicated when they go to doctors, and this is all doctors are trained to do. They’re not taught other methods for managing common conditions.

East Meets West: How Integrative Medicine is Changing Health Care

A marriage of conventional Western medicine with other healing modalities, including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), integrative medicine (IM) neither rejects conventional medicine nor uncritically embraces alternative therapies.

Finding the Balance Between Eastern and Western Medicine: A Conversation with Aviva Romm

On a blustery Friday night in 2009, I received a call from my doctor’s office at 10 o’clock. The on-call physician beseeched me to go to emergency room, but informed me that I could not drive myself: I either had to take a cab or have a loved one take me.

Herbalist-Turned-Medical Student Melds Two Traditions of Healing

Not many parents can say they have never given their kids an antibiotic or a pharmaceutical pain-relief medication for an ear infection or sore throat, but first-year medical resident Dr. Aviva Romm can.


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