Holistic Medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. The practice of Integrative medicine combines conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health and to prevent and treat disease by addressing contributing factors. In practice this means that every person is seen as a unique individual, rather than an example of a particular disease. Disease is understood to be the result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance. Healing therefore takes place naturally when these aspects of life are brought into proper balance. The role of the practitioner is as guide, mentor and role model; the patient must do the work - changing lifestyle, beliefs and old habits in order to facilitate healing. An integrative medicine practitioner uses conventional treatments, combined with a variety of complementary or "alternative" modalities, such as use of acupuncture, biofeedback, NLP/hypnosis, and herbal or nutritional therapy to further enhance your overall results.
An Integrative practitioner:
1) views the patient as being ultimately esponsible for his/her well being;
2) fosters and maintains a partnership with the patient, using therapies which both feel comfortable;
3) evaluates and recommends treatment options that address the cause of an illness, as well as the symptoms.