Integrative Medical Center

The philosophy of the Integrative Medical Center is based on the maintenance of good health and not only on ad hoc disease treatment. We treat the patient as an integrated whole, while offering comprehensive and individual solutions.

What is an Integrative approach to health?

  1. Broad definition of health: Integrative medicine offers the possibility to fulfill the longstanding World Health Organization definition of health as more than the absence of disease. It should include physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual factors, enabling a comprehensive understanding of what makes a person Healthy.
  2. Wide range of interventions: Integrative medicine encompasses the whole spectrum of health interventions, from prevention to treatment to rehabilitation and recovery.
  3. Coordination of care: Integrative medicine emphasizes coordination of care across an array of caregivers and institutions.
  4. Patient-centered care: Integrative medicine integrates services around and within the individual patient, which is perhaps the most fundamental and the most neglected aspect of high-quality care.
  5. Variety of modalities: Integrative medicine is open to multiple modalities of care, not just usual care, but also unconventional care that helps patients manage, maintain, and restore health.

Definition of Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine (IM) is defined as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.

The principles of integrative medicine are as follows:

  • Patient and doctor, therapist 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.

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