Why Integrative Wellness?
Integrative wellness consultations take a broader view of all aspects of your health. The term “integrative” means that we take the best of conventional medicine and integrate the best of the complementary and alternative therapies that have evidence to back up their use. We also incorporate the principles of functional medicine. There is heavy emphasis on the root cause of illness, gut health, and hormone balancing.
Rather than a disease orientation, we take the more balanced view of health and wellness, with a goal of optimizing your health, including body, mind and spirit. We take a proactive and preventative approach, analyzing your personal health risks, and dealing with issues before they grow to negatively impact your health.
We emphasize whole-person strategies that address the underlying lifestyle factors that influence your health, rather than just treating the resultant health problems. We value your own goals, values, and beliefs and work with you in a relationship based on respect. The result is a truly personalized health care experience, provided in a form that is useful and effective.
Integrative wellness consultations can benefit you if you want to:
- Assess your overall health and incorporate integrative medical principles to address every area of health.
- Pull it all together” with all of your health concerns with one physician to empower you to implement holistic practices to create wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
- Manage a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease, pain, depression, or weight management
- Maintain and enhance your state of well-being for the long term.
Principles of Integrative Medicine
- Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
- All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
- Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate 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.