What is Integrative Medicine?

An integrative approach to health and wellness first and foremost emphasizes a holistic, relationship-centered approach where the focus is on the patient, the practitioner and the healing environment. In contrast to a specialized treatment model often seen in traditional medical clinics where the focus is on one organ system or one cluster of symptoms, integrative medicine is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the whole individual—often including mental, emotional, functional, spiritual, psychosocial aspects of one’s current physical and mental health issues. It also aims for well-coordinated care between different providers that offer evidence-based “complementary health” approaches, such as acupuncture, massage, tai chi, meditation, and yoga.