What Is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Holistic Medicine is a new medical subspecialty that employs both conventional medicine along with all other evidence-based, natural, and minimally invasive healing modalities. It is a healing-oriented practice of medicine that approaches a person as a whole, including all aspects of their lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies, not just pharmaceutical options. The integrative holistic approach takes into account the ENTIRE life of the person, with deep consideration and focus on the patient’s mind, body, and soul/spirit.
The World Of Integrative Medicine
How We Work
Internal Medicine is the most common type of medical practice in the US and is typically based on an allopathic (MD) approach to diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of diseases affecting adults. Internists diagnose often confusing symptoms and are specially-trained in the use of pharmaceutical options for treatment. Though osteopathic internists (DO) receive additional training in integrative modalities of care, many of them do not use it in practice.
Functional medicine focuses on addressing the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach which engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just the symptoms that a patient is having and practitioners spend time with their patients, carefully listening to for the complex clues relating genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors to the patient's presentation. These factors commonly influence your long-term health and development of chronic disease.
Ayurveda is easily the oldest practice of medicine and is described as a system of healing that originated in East Asia almost 5 thousand years ago. Ayurveda means the "knowledge of living". Ayurvedic medicine focuses on diet, detoxification, herbal and mineral remedies, yoga, breathing exercises, meditation and massage therapy as holistic healing methods in an effort to restore balance and health to prevent and cure illness. Ayurvedic treatments are non-invasive and can be used safely as holistic therapies simultaneously with most pharmaceutical therapies. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that all disease starts in the gut and therefore can be healed by the gut.
If you already eat well and are generally “healthy”, you may wonder if there is something else you can or should be doing for your health. While conventional medicine defines "health" as a lack of disease, integrative practitioners believe that true "health" begins by promoting wellness and recommending lifestyle choices that enhance the ability of your body and mind to function optimally through adult years and beyond. The goal for patients under conventional practice is to be "disease-free". The goal for patients on an integrative plan of care is to thrive.
Eating well is about much more than just the food we put into our bodies. It is a lifestyle choice. It is a conscious choice to buy foods that nourish the body as well as the mind. When we eat a healthy diet, it will boost our body’s natural healing potential. The practice of integrative nutrition recognizes that the foundation for optimal health and healing begins with the diet.
Integrative Weight Management
Surgical and pharmaceutical options for weight loss only work as long as you keep having surgeries and continue to take more pills.
Integrative weight management is actually not about lowering your weight at all- it's about developing a healthy, happy life- this process will automatically reduce your weight. Our physicians place emphasis on consuming foods that you love to eat by incorporating a whole foods, anti-inflammatory diet. Integrative weight management takes a holistic perspective to your health, focusing on behaviours such as sleep hygiene and physical activity along with mental and environmental stressors that may be affecting your weight. This approach to your health will decrease your risk of progression of chronic disease and find yourself able to once again do the things you love.
A good night's sleep is important for your body to reset. While you are sleeping, your brain is hard at work fixing and repairing vital structures and functions throughout your whole system. This process is easily disrupted when you don't get a proper night's sleep. Poor sleep interferes with your ability to learn and make decisions as well as your overall behaviour and emotions. The evidence also shows that obesity, blood pressure, immune health, and growth and development all depend on good sleep. Integrative practitioners will diagnose and treat your poor sleep holistically and help you develop a plan that will finally get you the rest you need to heal properly.